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England can play smarter and use the host advantage in the World Cup, suggests Michael Vaughan

Vaughan was unrestrained in his admiration of current captain Morgan for transforming England into a limited-overs force.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for PCA)

England have always been a good team on paper, but their World Cup performances tell a different story. However, after a debacle of a run in the ICC Cricket World Cup of 2015, played in Australia & New Zealand, England have evolved better than ever. In the wake of the 2019 edition of the Cricket World Cup, England’s former captain Michael Vaughan is rooting for the team led by Eoin Morgan.

Vaughan was unrestrained in his admiration of current captain Morgan for transforming England into a limited-overs force ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Vaughan has attested that it was Morgan’s “fearless approach” that has put England at the No. 1 spot in One Day Internationals. However, the former captain also holds that Morgan & Co. will also have to be “smarter” with their method and not be too experimental.

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“Morgan is a tremendous leader and the way that he has managed the ODI set up for the last four years has been great. If you think about the way England played in the last World Cup, it was pre-historic and we went with the wrong personnel. He has ripped that up as soon as got back to English shores and it has really been him that I look at and think he has changed the way we play and the culture around the ODI team,” said Vaughan at an ICC event in Bristol.

Vaughan speaks about England‘s home advantage in the World Cup

“They’ve got a fearless approach they go out and play with now and sometimes it is too fearless so I think they could play smarter and when they have the quality that they have got I don’t think they need to play so high-risk. England are right up there with the best teams in the world and that has been proven to be the case over the last few years but there is a group of teams,” he added.

Vaughan also stated that being the hosts of the World Cup, that starts on May 30, England do have an edge. “The home advantage could give us that edge when you look at how important it has been in the last few World Cups. In 2011 the hosts were India and they won it and then in 2015 the hosts were Australia and they won it.”

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