Former England fast-bowler, Chris Lewis has said that he is mighty impressed with the brand of limited overs cricket that England have been playing under the leadership of Eoin Morgan and also emphasised that he sees no reason why they can't go all the way and go on to win the 50-overs World Cup at home next year.
England have a stellar record in ODIs since the end of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and having reached the no.1 rank in the format, with an outstanding win percentage of over 70 in the last two years, they have just beaten India 2-1 in the 3-match ODI series.
Lewis was quoted saying, “I love the way that this England side play – I absolutely love it, It’s exciting stuff. I don’t think that many, if any, would have dreamt that you could go in to any game of cricket and literally hit every ball out of the park. Who would have dared to have dreamt that in our day? You just watch it and think, wow, what kind of mindset do you have to have to actually do that? Almost from ball one. It’s incredible."
“We were way short of that. If you were lucky enough to hit a four, we would take one the next ball, thank you very much. I see no reason why this England side can’t win the World Cup – and on home soil too, wouldn’t that just be fantastic? We could see kids out on the streets trying to be Alex Hales or Jason Roy or Joe Root. It would be brilliant.”
Showering praise, Lewis further added, “There has been an enormous jump in such a short space of time, I marvel at these batsmen, I really do. But I also mourn for the bowlers. The last thing you need as a bowler is to have someone marching out to the wicket convinced that he can hit the ball out of the ground, pretty much regardless of the delivery you bowl."
“It’s a bowler’s nightmare but I would try to go out there and bowl as fast as I could. That’s what you want as a cricketer, you want the freedom to express yourself.”
(Inputs from thecricketpaper.com)