LONDON, May 10, 2019 (BSS/AFP)
– Stuart Broad believes the England team
have a once in a lifetime opportunity as the country prepares to play host to
both a men’s World Cup and Ashes this year.
For the first time since the
inaugural men’s World Cup in 1975, England
will be staging the two biggest events in its international calendar — the
50-over global showpiece and a Test series against Australia — in the same
“It’s awesome, the summer of
our generation,” England paceman Broad said
Thursday. “What an opportunity for the game to grow and inspire.”
“I look back to when I was a
kid, you get inspired by big series like World
Cups and the Ashes,” explained Broad, whose father Chris, an opening batsman,
was a key member of the England side that enjoyed a triumphant tour of
Australia in 1986/87.
“That’s the added pressure on
us as players,” the four-time Ashes-winner
said. “We can make this a summer to remember by winning trophies.”
No England men’s team have yet
won a one-day World Cup, with the 2010 World
Twenty20 their lone International Cricket Council trophy.
But Eoin Morgan’s side,
currently involved in a series with Pakistan, are
now top of the men’s one-day international rankings.
Broad, now a Test specialist
after appearing in 121 ODIs, believes a top
order set to feature Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Morgan, Ben Stokes,
Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali surpasses any England have had in limited overs
“It’s the men’s best ever
chance to win a 50-over World Cup,” he said at
the launch of the 2019 NatWest No Boundaries campaign, which aims to increase
access to cricket.
“I’ve never seen a (England)
ODI team go in with the quality this one has
got, particularly in the batting, the top seven.”
England’s first-round exit
following a loss to Bangladesh at the 2015 World
Cup was the latest of several early departures from the tournament.
But that chastening defeat
prompted a complete rethink of their approach to
the white-ball game.
“They are a lot better (at
one-day cricket),” said former England captain
Michael Vaughan. “We weren’t good enough — that’s a fact.”
– ‘All the tools’ –
The victorious 2005 Ashes
skipper added: “This England side have got all
the tools required to win.
“It’s not going to be plain
sailing, they are not going to have it all
their own way. There will be difficult tosses they might lose, they might get
on a tricky pitch in the semi-final like they did two years ago in the
Champions Trophy (when they lost to Pakistan in Cardiff).
“I just think this England
group, for the past four years since the last
World Cup have had a clear definition of the plan. In the past, we’ve kind of
arrived at a World Cup just hoping ‘Freddie’ (Andrew Flintoff) might just
produce a magic day, or KP (Kevin Pietersen) might do something, or back in
the day Alec Stewart might get you off to a good start.
“This team have got a real
clear plan for every person’s role in the side.
You go from 1-11 and you could argue that every single player could get in
Vaughan, however, warned
against under-estimating reigning champions
“I’m concerned about the
Aussies, I think they’ve just started to stumble
across something good at the right time,” he said.
“Pakistan are always a threat,
India but they (England) have got everything
going for them.”