Coming into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament, England was considered a red-hot favorite team to claim their maiden 50-over title. However, rollercoaster happenings in the last few games have generated a situation where the hosts might get knocked out before playing even the semi-finals of the competition.
Former Australian captain and one of the most successful players in World Cup history, Ricky Ponting recently criticized England team’s strategy of playing risky cricket. The 44-year old opined that the pressure and atmosphere of a World Cup tournament is entirely different to bilateral series, and this is testing English team despite being a sturdy batting unit. Moreover, Ponting is looking forward to see England’s tactics in the games against India and New Zealand.
“They haven’t made these 400 scores they have been talking about all the time. Tournament play is a lot different to a regular bilateral series where England have come out and scored some huge scores in past few years. We’ll see if they stand up under pressure in next few games,” said by Ponting as he dissected England’s high-risk batting strategy.