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England would have to ‘screw up’ to not lift World Cup – Anderson

by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

England would have to “screw-up” to not lift the 2019 World Cup on home soil next summer, according to James Anderson, who doesn’t believe their competitors are “anywhere near” England in the 50-over format.

The fast bowler, who last featured in an ODI at the 2015 World Cup, expects his international teammates to excel in the flagship tournament, which they are currently favourites to emerge victorious from.

“There’s no-one really anywhere near [England] in the one-day form, probably India is the closest,” the veteran bowler told the Tailenders podcast.

“But 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.”

“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.”

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