World Cup 2023: England form guide, stats, strengths, weaknesses and all you need to know

World Cup 2023: England form guide, stats, strengths, weaknesses and all you need to know

Sep 29, 2023 - 00:30
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World Cup 2023: England form guide, stats, strengths, weaknesses and all you need to know

It will be somewhat of a full circle moment when defending champions England take on New Zealand in the opening clash of the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad.

Four years back, England, under Eoin Morgan, had defied all odds to win their maiden ODI World Cup title, by the narrowest of margins, against a New Zealand side that had a never-say-die attitude till the very end.

However, come the World Cup in India in less than two weeks’ time, it’s time to start everything from scratch, and England couldn’t have asked for a better opposition than New Zealand to open their campaign.

This time, however, it will be a different kind of challenge for England in the Indian subcontinent. The likes of Harry Brook and Gus Atkinson are still relatively new to the ODI setup, and are yet to be tested on Indian pitches. The defending champions’ biggest boost ahead of the World Cup, though, was the return of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who came out of ODI retirement in August and has already played a couple of impressive knocks against the Kiwis in the recent ODI series.

Whether Jos Buttler and Co can go out there and defend the title remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say that England have stuck to their aggressive brand of cricket in ODIs.

Here’s all you need to know about England, from their recent form guide to their key player:

ICC ranking: 5

World Cup best performance: Champions (2019)


England seem to have a settled core unit heading to the 2023 World Cup. Eoin Morgan, their World Cup-winning skipper, retired from international cricket last year, but Jos Buttler took over the captaincy in limited-overs post that and has done a pretty decent job in keeping the core team intact.

England have Buttler, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone who have been playing together for a long time.

Add to that the return of Ben Stokes, England, on paper, seem to have a well-balanced side. Having said that, Stokes displayed his full potential with the bat during the third ODI against New Zealand recently, where he scored 182 off just 124 deliveries, which was also his highest score for England in the 50-over format.

That means, once Stokes gets going with the bat, it would mean the task cut out for the opposition to try and stop him.


Spin will play a pivotal role in the World Cup in Indian conditions. However, that is one area where England are lacking at the moment.

Yes, they have Adil Rashid as a regular who has an immense experience in ODIs, but he doesn’t have a fellow regular spinner who can partner him.

They do have all-rounders in Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone who can bowl spin, but how effective they can be should Adil Rashid endure an off-day remains a concern.

Form might be on Moeen Ali’s side after having registered figures of 4/50 against New Zealand, but how much effective he can be on Indian soil (One wicket in six ODIs in India) is something England need to worry about.

Afterall, what Rashid needs is someone who can stand up as a lead spinner in Rashid’s absence, and should a situation like that arise, then Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone will have their task cut out.

Another concern is Harry Brook’s form. Jason Roy’s fitness concern meant he had to make way for Harry Brook in England’s World Cup squad, but Brook is enduring a poor run of form since his knock of 80 against South Africa in January.

Since then, Brook has played just four ODIs and registered scores of 6, 25, 2 and 10. That’s not a good read if you’re battling expectations and pressure to perform.

Key player

Ben Stokes would undoubtedly play a crucial role in England’s 2023 World Cup campaign, just like he did in 2019.

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