England has a great chance of winning World Cup 2019, says Liam Plunkett

Liam Plunkett to miss first three ODIs in Sri Lanka.

Olly Stone to play in place of Liam Plunkett in the first three ODIs | Getty Images

England fast bowler Liam Plunkett is confident about England’s chances in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup to be led at their home soil next year.

The Three Lions have never won the title despite featuring in three World Cup finals.  This time around,  England’s morale is high with the experience of playing around the world in different conditions and the team is confident about breaking the jynx in the marquee event next year. 

England have made incredible improvement in their game in especially in the White-ball game since their first round exit in the last World Cup and they are now No.1 ranked ODI Team in the world.

Plunkett, who is one of the key players who have been played a vital role in England’s rise in the limited-overs game since World Cup 2015, has high hopes for the upcoming mega ICC event at home.

As per reports in Cricbuzz, Plunkett said, “I'm 33, is this the last one? You want to put everything into it. I'm so excited. We fell short in the Champions Trophy last year but we've got better at playing around the world in different conditions and that will keep us in good stead for the World Cup. We feel like we have a great chance of winning it. I don't think we've had a better chance.”

Meanwhile, the fast-bowler has taken 69 wickets from 39 one-day internationals at a fantastic average of 26.11 in the last three years and variations have been key to his excellent form.

Plunkett explained, “If I am hitting that line and length at a heavy pace, I'm hard to hit, but batters can get used to that. I like to have a ball that goes away from the right-hander like a leg-cutter, a ball that goes away from the left-hander, which will be an off-cutter, and then something out of the front or the back of the hand so that it's harder to hit over your head. Then you've got your yorker and bouncer. When you say yorker, you've got a wide yorker, leg-stump yorker, round the wicket so there's loads of different variations. But it's just about making sure you can do that skill under pressure.”

He will miss the first three One Day Internationals despite rearranging his wedding, as the Sri Lankan board changed the tour dates suddenly due to which the wedding gripped in the middle of the ODI series. However, the pacer will head to Sri Lanka two days after the wedding to join up the England squad for the final two ODIs in Kandy and Colombo next month.

Plunkett signed off by saying, “It's one of the biggest days of my life and I'm so excited for that. But I am happy they want me to be part of the squad ahead of the World Cup.”

 


By Rashmi Nanda - 21 Sep, 2018

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