Tri-Series could provide perfect platform for England in Cricket World Cup bid

Ben Jones 21 January 2015

It’s been a turbulent year for English cricket. They have sacked their best ever batsman in Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, their captain and their greatest ever spin bowler, Graeme Swann, has retired. With the World Cup weeks away, things are not ideal.

There is some hope, however. In the wake of this bloodbath, a swathe of exciting new talent is being thrust into the limelight, currently being showcased in a tri-series between the biggest, if not best cricket-playing nations: India, Australia and England.

New skipper Eoin Morgan is among the most talented limited-overs batsmen in the world, and his innovative captaincy will hopefully get the best out of his new recruits, the pick of whom is Moeen Ali, a top-order batsman so stylishly elegant his shots create their own form of willow-based poetry. He will be aiming to make an impact with a weight of runs and wickets, the latter with his ever-improving off-spin. Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has already played some of the most aggressive and successful innings the 50-over format has ever seen; the man is a walking definition of a match-winner.

Another talent with the potential to change a game single-handedly is Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales, Cook’s replacement in the side. Although his position in the team is not secure, as he is thought too much of a risk by many in the England set-up, his blistering century in the T20 World Cup at the start of 2014 showed he has the temperament and ability for the world stage.

Unshackled from the suffocating presence of Alastair Cook as captain, these young stars have the potential to light up the World Cup. A few tri-series victories against India and Australia could provide the perfect platform for a shot at world domination.