Formidable' England Take on New Zealand in World Cup Opener

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Formidable’ England Take on New Zealand in World Cup Opener

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In the opening match of the World Cup, defending champions England will face New Zealand, setting the stage for a rematch of their epic 2019 final at Lord’s.

Jos Buttler’s team enters the 10-team tournament with the depth and talent to justify their status as title favorites.

Their campaign will receive a boost from the return of star all-rounder Ben Stokes, as they kick off proceedings at the colossal Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is confident in England’s ability to become the first back-to-back champions since Australia’s three consecutive wins in 2007.

Gavaskar praised England’s top-order talent and their world-class all-rounders, capable of influencing the game with both bat and ball.

England’s formidable fast bowling lineup features Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, and Ben Stokes, who came out of retirement for ODIs ahead of the World Cup, albeit as a specialist batsman.

Eight members from the squad that secured victory on home soil in the 2019 World Cup, led by Eoin Morgan, are part of the current team.

Jos Buttler, who has seamlessly taken over the role of England’s white-ball captain since Morgan’s retirement, led the team to the Twenty20 World Cup title in Australia last year.

Buttler emphasized their focus on winning the current World Cup rather than dwelling on their defending champions status. He acknowledged the competition from other top teams and expressed confidence in their abilities as a talented and experienced group.

The 2019 final between England and New Zealand ended in a tie, with England ultimately emerging victorious in a thrilling contest at Lord’s.

Reference:

https://www.barrons.com/news/dangerous-england-face-new-zealand-in-world-cup-opener-ab7dc9e7

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