England were the runners-up in the last edition of the Champions Trophy. The are yet to win a major ICC tournament despite having featured in the semifinals and finals on numerous occasions. This English team is one of the title-contenders in this year’s Champions Trophy. Over all they’ve played 21 CT matches: Won 11 Lost 10.
Below is their progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy.
England’s progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy
England are in Group A alongside Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler(wk), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow
England have been able to develop one of the most destructive batting line-up in their ODI history. The captain Eoin Morgan leading from the front averaging 50.4 over past two years. Joe Root averages 57.66, Jos Buttler 47.42, Jason Roy 40.3 and Alex Hales 41.93. This batting line-up will give nightmares to its opponents.
Jake Ball, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood
England’s bowling options might not be their strength but this attack has still managed to win games for them. Adil Rashid being the only leg-spinner in the team will prove to be more than handy. He has taken 41 wickets in past two years.
Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali
Ben Stokes was in red-hot form during the IPL, and will look to bring that form to the tournament.
Moeen Ali has proved to be the perfect all rounder option for England. At times numbers don’t do justice to the ability of a player. Moeen Ali only averages 27.6 with the bat but has 2 hundreds to his credit. He has also taken 46 wickets at an economy rate of 5.04.
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England have managed to win 5 out of their last 6 series (home and away) and are on a winning streak. Right before the start of the Champions Trophy, England are playing a 3 match home series against the world no 1 South Africa. If there was any doubt on the credibility of this English side, they’ve clearly proved what they are capable of by winning the first 2 ODIs.
Who knows they might finally break the jinx to win their first ever ICC tournament.
England’s dreams of winning an ICC tournament were shattered once again, this time by India.