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'No One Really Anywhere Near England in the One-day Format': James Anderson

Cricketnext Staff |December 14, 2018, 12:41 AM IST
'No One Really Anywhere Near England in the One-day Format': James Anderson

James Anderson has marked England as clear favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 going as far as to say that only a massive "screw-up" will stop them from triumphing on home soil.

"There's no-one really anywhere near [England] in the one-day form, probably India is the closest,” said Anderson on the BBC Tailenders podcast. “I think in our conditions I don't think anyone is going to come near so I think we've really got to screw up if we don't win the World Cup.”

Ever since being knocked out of the 2015 edition of the ODI World Cup in the group stage, England have changed their approach towards 50-over cricket taking the aggressive route and it seems to have paid dividends for them.

Barring the one blemish against Scotland where they lost the one-off ODI in Aberdeen, England have won nine of their last 10 bilateral ODI series, which includes victories over India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

There are the No.1 ranked side in the World currently in the 50-over format and Anderson believes as a team have all their bases covered.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on the lads, but the way that England play, the talent we've got, the players we've got and the way we play as a team I just think we've got all bases covered," he said.

England's next 50-over series will be away in the West Indies in February.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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