Since England got their highest score of 481, I had to make a post on their ODI team! it is incredible how well England are playing ODI cricket at the moment and I thought it would be a cool idea to make a list of the main reasons that we are doing so well. This list is in no particular order.
1. Confidence: This is one of the factors that I feel many people don’t take into account of form, etc. If you have the best players in the world but then their confidence is somehow taken away, they will not play as well as an average player who has all the confidence in the world. This is why I think Bairstow is batting so well since he has never opened in Test but since he is so confident his ODI batting is still fantastic at the moment.
2. Our batting order: when we have such a fantastic batting order that means that the bowling team is always under pressure until they get about 6 wickets. Also since almost all of our batsman in ODI can consistently maintain a massive strike rate, it crushes the bowlers confidence and makes them bowl badly. Our best batsman are: Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. You could also argue that Woakes and Rashid could be on this list! Despite the fact that all these batsman are very good players, they have one thing in common which is that they can strike the ball! As I was saying earlier, this really puts the bowlers under pressure since they know there is a chance they could get smashed for six.
3. The amount of selection choice: The amount of players which could play for England but don’t always get selected is amazing. Players like the Curran brothers, Ben Foakes, Billings, James Vince, James Hildreth. All these players are good enough to play at an international level, so if lots of our players get injured, there is no need to panic!
4. The Popularity of ODI cricket: In England I would say that ODI cricket is the most popular form (yes, even more than T20.) The reason is because all generations can enjoy it since there is a hybrid of aggressive exciting cricket, and “proper” cricket. This also means that T20 players and FC players can both play ODI with slight adjustments to their technique which is interesting to see. Such as when Cook, Broad and Anderson played ODI! So the players who focus on one particular can play ODI because it involves skills from their favoured style of cricket.
Thanks for reading this list, I will try to make more posts in the future!