ICC World Cup 2019: Stuart Broad feels that this is England team’s best chance to lift the trophy

England will open the mega ICC event against South Africa at the Kennington Oval on May 30.

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Stuart Broad of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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The ICC World Cup 2019 will be played in England and Wales and is termed as the best chance for the England team to earn their first World Cup trophy in the 50-overs format, feels veteran pacer Stuart Broad. England is the no.1 ranked team in the ODI team rankings and is one of the favourites to win the trophy.

Past their World Cup 2015 performances when the Eoin Morgan-led side was eliminated from the tournament before the quarter-finals losing to the Bangladesh team and their poor performances led to an overhaul in England’s limited-overs plans under new ECB director Andrew Strauss and Morgan, which has made England a formidable team in ODI cricket.

Stuart Broad feels this is the best chance of England to win the trophy

England will open the mega ICC event against South Africa at the Kennington Oval on May 30. They have reached the finals of the tournament three times, the latest being 1992 edition played in Australia and New Zealand, where they lost to Pakistan.

“We are training hard now and doing all we can to stay in peak physical shape,” said Broad on the Test Match Special podcast. For English cricket, [this is] our best ever chance of winning a World Cup. I can’t think we’ve had [before] the talent of players who can win games single-handedly in the likes of [Jason] Roy, [Jos] Buttler, [Ben] Stokes, [Eoin] Morgan,” Stuart Broad, who is one of the leading wicket-takers in world cricket for England, was quoted as saying by ICC.

This English team has broken the record of the highest team total in ODIs two times in the last three years and currently hold the record of 481/6, which they made against Australia. They have some of the biggest hitters of the ball and their batting lineup runs deeper than any of their opponents. The all-rounders in the team provide tremendous balance to England side, who are led by a brilliant Morgan, the highest run-getter for England in ODIs.

“You talk about eras of sports teams… People only judged on winning trophies, aren’t you? You can’t name me a great sports team that hasn’t won a major trophy. For this England ODI side to be classed as a great team, they’re going to have to win the World Cup,” Broad added.

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