World Cup 2019: Mark Waugh wants a bit more pressure to be built up on England

World Cup 2019: Mark Waugh wants a bit more pressure to be built up on England

The Brits are only left with two games in the league stage.

Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh. (Photo by Scott Barbour – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

After being considered as one of the favourites to win the 2019 World Cup, England has found themselves in a bit of trouble. The Three Lions are placed fourth in the points table with eight points from seven matches. The Brits were approaching in a pretty comfortable manner until they met Sri Lanka at the Headingley in Leeds. The Lankans rocked Eoin Morgan & Co by 20 runs.

Thereafter, England slumped to a 64-run defeat at the hands of Australia at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Aaron Finch’s second century of the mega event, coupled with Jason Behrendorff’s incredible maiden ODI five-wicket haul picked the bones of the hapless English team. To make things worse, Morgan’s men are next scheduled to lock horns with Virat Kohli’s India on June 30.

England is under pump

A crucial game will be played at the Edgbaston in Birmingham and a defeat would set the cat amongst the pigeons in the English dugout. The likes of Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Lankans are breathing down their neck. As far as the tournament is concerned, Pakistan is currently facing New Zealand in Birmingham. The Black Caps are all, but through to the semifinals.

A win for Pakistan would mean that the pressure would increase on England, whose last match is against the Kiwis on July 3 in Chester-le-Street. In the meantime, Michael Vaughan, the former English cricketer, is a lot worried. Yesterday, he tweeted, saying that the loss to Lanka may turn out to be detrimental.

On Wednesday, he put forth another tweet, where he is praying for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Pakistan to lose the game and for the Black Caps to continue their unbeaten run in the World Cup. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Let’s just hope the other Pakistan arrive today !!! #CWC19,”

Here is Vaughan’s tweet

Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh is supporting Pakistan and doesn’t want the pressure to ease on the English team. He replied to Vaughan’s tweet and wrote, “I’m cheering for Pakistan just to put a bit more pressure on your boys,”

Here is Waugh’s reply