Can England handle the pressure?
With only a week to go until the start of the Cricket World Cup and with England firm favourites to lift the trophy on home soil, the pressure has arguably never been so high for an English team to perform.
Not that it’s affecting England batsmen Joe Root. In a recent interview with The Independent, Root made the statement, “I just want to get to the tournament. Hopefully we can show everyone that we’re here to win”. A big statement from a big game player, further backed up by England legend Michael Vaughn, who stated that “[this is] the best England one-day team ever”.
With the hype surrounding the tournament starting to grow, the team yesterday unveiled their new kit for the World Cup – inspired by the 1992 World Cup, the last time England made it to the final. Is this only adding to the pressure for the team to perform? Not according to ODI captain Eoin Morgan: “Hopefully we’ll see the stands packed with fans all wearing the new shirt and cheering us on.”
You’ll be able to see for yourself whether England truly do have what it takes to make the final and ultimately lift the trophy, when they kick start the tournament against South Africa on 30th May.
Make sure you pencil in 14th July in your diary for the much anticipated final!