World Cup 2022 | Team England | Complete Squad Analysis | SWOT
Written By: Ritwika Dhar, Jeet Vachharajani
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- Defending World Champions
- 4-time World Champions in 50-over World Cup
- Won the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1973
- They have won 5 World Cup titles (4 ODI and 1 T20I) so far, out of which, 4 of them have been on their home turf
- Last time when New Zealand hosted the World Cup back in 2000, England couldn’t qualify for the semi-final and finished at the 5th spot
Previous World Cup Appearances: 1973, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017
Best Finish: Winner - 1973, 1993, 2009, 2017
- Won every ODI series in 2021
- Finished at the 2nd spot in ICC ODI Championship 2017-2020
- Lost the 2022 Ashes against Australia and finished winless
One of the best middle-order: England will be having Nat Sciver, Amy Jones, and Danni Wyatt in the middle-order. This could change if they decide to leave out Winfield and opt for Wyatt as an opener.
Experienced pace attack: England comes in with a very experienced pace attack in Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, and Kate Cross who have an experience of 326 ODIs between them.
Experienced captain: Heather Knight has been such a key figure in the England side. She has a calm head and is a very shrewd captain.
Batting depth: England is one of the few teams who could never be out of the run-chase until the last wicket is taken or the last ball is bowled. They generally field 11 players who can all bat.
Dependency on Ecclestone in the spin attack: Ecclestone will have a major role to play as she has inexperienced spinners in Charlie Dean and Emma Lamb to back her up.
Opening pair: The opening partnership has averaged only 23.1 in 14 games since 2021.
Backup pacers: It was surprising to see the tall Lauren Bell travelling as a reserve. She did a very good job against Australia ‘A’ recently. England have instead opted for Freya Davies and Tash Farrant who both average 35+ with the ball in ODIs.
A chance to continue a good run in New Zealand: They have only lost 3 of their last 15 games in New Zealand.
Anya Shrubsole in the XI regularly: Shrubsole was a vital asset in the last World Cup and she was the one who snatched a win from India’s grasp with some brilliant swing bowling. New Zealand is known for a similar extravagant movement that makes Shrubsole is a must-have in the XI.
The shortcoming of having an attacking middle-order: Having an attacking approach could be a double-edged sword in the ODIs. Someday you can score 300+, and other days you could be out cheaply.
Heather Knight: The only batter in women’s cricket who has a century in all 3-formats of the game. Skipper Knight is in spectacular form since 2021. She is the only player so far who has won the ICC Monthly award twice.
Katherine Brunt: Most successful pacer for England who has taken 300+ international wickets
Nat Sciver: The best all-rounder in the England team. She can change the course of the game single-handedly
Tammy Beaumont: Player of the Tournament in World Cup 2017. Last time when she travelled to New Zealand, she scored three 50+ scores
Sophie Ecclestone: England’s best spinner right now in all formats. The whole spin-department will rely on her
Sophia Dunkley: Newfound hero at the middle-order for England. 2021 was a dream year for her
Likely Starting XI: Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Heather Knight (C), Nat Sciver, Amy Jones (Wk), Danni Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean.
*For the complete schedule for England in the World Cup, check out the Schedule section of our page, Cricket Queens World Cup Fixtures