England’s frequent collapses can put their World Cup chances at risk: Michael Vaughan
Vaughan has highlighted England's main problem in the ODIs.
Updated - Feb 26, 2019 7:04 pm
England are the World number 1 side in the ODIs at the moment and the way they are playing, the Eoin Morgan-led side is definitely the favourite to win the World Cup. Having said that, they are currently not playing their best cricket in the Caribbean islands and the five-match series against them is locked at 1-1. In the second ODI, the Brits collapsed from the winning position which is why Michael Vaughan is worried.
The former England cricketer feels that the team has everything in it to win the mega event which will be played at home from May 30. But Vaughan highlighted the frequent collapses after every few games and added that their World Cup campaign could be in trouble in that case.
Recently, against the Windies, they were comfortably sitting pretty at 228/4 in the 40th over after which Ben Stokes’ wicket triggered a collapse and they were bundled out for just 263 runs.
If it happens in the semi-final then…
“England have got everything required to win the World Cup except for these moments of madness. It happens every four or five games and if it happens in the semi-final then they are out,” Michael Vaughan was quoted as saying by BBC. Vaughan also gave the example of the World Cup-winning sides in 2011 and 2015 and pointed out that the India and Australia teams then didn’t have such collapses ahead of the World Cup which England are having regularly.
“The India side around the time they won the 2011 World Cup didn’t have the day England had in Barbados on Friday. The Australia side that won in 2015 lost the odd game but they didn’t have moments like England do on a consistent basis. In that Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan, it was just 10 or so overs where England lost four quick wickets and the game was over. That’s my concern for them in the World Cup,” Vaughan added.