Former England captain Alastair Cook on Sunday said that he won’t be surprised if Eoin Morgan’s team scores nearly 400 runs against India in their game at Edgbaston as he believes the home side has all the talent in the world to achieve the feat against the only unbeaten side in the World Cup 2019 so far.
England are in troubled waters at the moment after having lost three games out of seven so far in their campaign. They were being labelled as the favourites to lift the cup on July 14 before the World Cup began but things haven’t gone according to plan for the hosts.
“They are under pressure. But sometimes clearing the mind there’s no muddied water now they have to win four games to bag the World Cup.
“They would have liked to be in a better situation like Australia. The Sri Lanka game had an impact on their confidence, they should have chased down the target against them. It’s time for heroes.
“If they win the next two games there are going to go into the semifinals with a lot of confidence. If India beat England then there is going to be a winner-takes-all match against New Zealand,” Alastair Cook told India Today
Morgan’s team dropped to the fifth position on Saturday after Pakistan’s win over Afghanistan. England needs to beat India and New Zealand at all costs in its last group games to advance to the semi-finals. Two wins in two games and England will be through.
A loss, however, takes England’s fate out of its own hands and opens the door to fourth-place Pakistan, which is a point ahead of England but has played one more game, and sixth-place Bangladesh, which is a point behind England.
JONNY BAIRSTOW’S COMMENTS
“I was surprised. There is always that thing. When any side loses, the pundits and fans will criticise. Jonny Bairstow’s quotes could have been taken out of context. People are desperate for England to win in this World Cup. Nobody wants anything else.
“England has lost three games and the only way they can stop people from criticising them is to win the remaining games. This team has got some serious talent. It wouldn’t surprise me if they break all the shackles against India and get 400.
“People are criticising England for being flat-track bullies. They struggled in the games against West Indies and Pakistan on slow wickets. Not chasing down 230-odd against Sri Lanka at Headingley shows they haven’t quite learnt from their mistakes. But let’s not write them out just yet
“They need to clear their mind on what’s going on. When they wake up on match-day they have to believe they can beat India. This Indian side can be beaten, the crucial thing would be on how Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow start,” Alastair Cook said.