England’s white-ball revolution under Trevor Bayliss has been a stunning philosophical shift in tactics. Underpinned by relentless aggression at the crease, the World Cup hosts have blown away every side at one stage or another since their dismal group-stage knockout at the 2015 World Cup.
The selectors have made their decisions about who will play in the World Cup and, as per usual, much has been made about our squad. It’s too late to offer suggestions on who should be in the squad, but it’s worthwhile looking at how this team should play.
The English batting line-up is in a state of flux. For some time a deep lower-middle order has papered over the cracks of a frail top three, and most of the obvious candidates have been tried and discarded.
Let’s take a short trip back in time to the first week of February 2019. The Australians, six months out from a world cup they would enter as defending champions, had suffered a series of successive defeats on home soil at the hands of a rampaging India.