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England look to fix ODI team ahead of World Cup defence

England ODI players including Ben Stokes
England ODI players including Ben Stokes
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The reigning ODI World Champions have some questions to answer ahead of the defence of their trophy in 2023. England famously won the 50-Over trophy on home soil three years ago and it marked an incredible turnaround after the team’s poor showing in the 2015 tournament.

Since that point, the team has gone from strength to strength, setting new world records for team totals. They came agonisingly close to becoming the first side to reach 500 in an innings against the Netherlands in June but that was a high point in what has been a poor summer.

 

England’s Struggles

Defeat to India and a drawn series with South Africa underlines the problems. There have been high profile retirements in the squad and the two men departing the scene leave big holes to fill.

Skipper Eoin Morgan had been struggling with his batting for some time and it was no great surprise when he announced his international retirement. When on form, Morgan could score quickly in the middle overs and that’s a tough skill in the ODI format.

Morgan’s shrewd captaincy will also be missed. Jos Buttler has stepped in as skipper and has endured a difficult start to his reign.

Another England captain has also fallen under the spotlight. Test skipper Ben Stokes felt that he could no longer compete in all three formats and subsequently announced his own retirement from ODIs. The circuit has taken its toll and, as England’s best all-rounder, Stokes leaves a huge gap in all departments.

More One Day Internationals are in the pipeline as England start to look ahead to their defence of the World Cup.

 

2023 World Cup Chances

The 2023 edition of the Cricket World Cup will take place in India across October and November. As the host nation and one of the strongest limited overs teams, the Indians are highly fancied to lift the trophy.

Currently, all of the top betting sites as sourced by sbo.net show India as the clear favourites. England head up the chasing pack while other nations expected to make a challenge include Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.

There’s a lot of cricket to be played between now and the start of the tournament and those odds are subject to change. The market will react to each match result and Sbo.net will publish those updates on their website.

While taking the new figures on board, readers can also check up on breaking news stories and opinion articles. Each sportsbook is comprehensively reviewed and it’s also possible to stake in the World Cup markets.

Bookmakers are happy to welcome new customers, subject to eligibility and a registration form. Sign up is fast and secure and many sportsbooks issue an opening promotion to get things up and running.

A range of deposit options helps to cover opening stakes while benefits continue to appear through the life of the account. Ongoing promotions, a range of other sporting markets and effective customer service should also be in place.

There may still be a year before England need to begin their World Cup defence but they need to solve the issues within their squad as quickly as possible.

 

Finding the Positives

Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan depart but there are gaps in other areas of the squad. With Jofra Archer and Mark Wood nursing long term injuries, England are missing the element of pace among their bowling attack.

Despite all of their concerns, there have been some positive moments for the team in ODIs this year. Against the Netherlands, both Phil Salt and Dawid Malan scored heavily. They will need to show the same type of form against stronger opponents but both men will be hopeful of claiming Eoin Morgan’s batting slot on a regular basis.

In the bowling departments, Reece Topley provided some potency at times and he claimed a six-wicket haul in the team’s solitary win over India. David Willey was also reliable while Sam Curran showed glimpses of his best form.

Players from outside of the current squad will also be hopeful of earning a call up. There is some talent within the England ODI set up but the team needs to recover quickly from loss of form and the loss of two key players.