England fight back in crucial week at 2019 Cricket World Cup

England fight back in crucial week at 2019 Cricket World Cup

After successive defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia, England roared back into contention with a big win against India at Edgbaston on Sunday.

England's captain Eoin Morgan celebrates after victory in the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on June 30, 2019.  Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP
England's captain Eoin Morgan celebrates after victory in the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on June 30, 2019. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

It was a result which brought new life into the tournament, showing that India are beatable and that anything can happen on the day.

In the days leading up to the encounter, the English press laid heavy criticism on the team’s chances of winning the tournament.

Eoin Morgan responded in the best possible way.

“I think the manner in which we played today, particularly with the bat, was outstanding,” Morgan said.

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“It certainly resonates with everybody in the change room to the identity which we wanted to play within this tournament. It's come at a really good time and against an extremely strong team. So we're delighted,” he added.

Morgan said it was important for the team to stick their approach if they are to have any chance of going all the way.

“The closer we can get to playing our A-game, the more of a chance we have of going the whole way. If we're scraping our way along, not playing the type of cricket we played in the last four years, I wouldn't be as confident,” Morgan said.

With only Australia guaranteed a spot in the semi-final, it makes for an interesting week.

England, New Zealand and India are in pole position to qualify but Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka all have outside chances of reaching the final four. 

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