Neil Fairbrother: England are bold and fearless
Article posted: 07 April 2016
It’s been an amazing 12 months in England’s one-day cricketing world.
A few days on from the T20 World Cup final and the dust is finally settling. It’s been an amazing 12 months in England’s one-day cricketing world.
From the depths of despair in Australia, England have found a new way in a bold and fearless approach that was oh so close to the ultimate goal of winning the World Cup.
Ultimately it was snatched away from them by some incredible hitting off the last over of the West Indies’ reply. England can be justifiably proud of their exploits. They only lost two games; one to Chris Gayle and the other, really, to Carlos Brathwaite on Sunday night.
England have found a formula in this 20-20 format and they have also found the players to work that formula.
Jason Roy impressed everybody with his power at the top of the innings, Joe Root oozed class all the way through the competition and Jos Buttler was at his dynamic, destructive best throughout the competition.
On the bowling side David Willey proved himself as a threatening new-ball bowler, taking many vital early wickets. And, apart from the last over of the competition, the death bowling of Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes was fantastic.
Clearly the pain shown by all the team was most reflected by the face of Ben Stokes at the end of the game but this is a team that is united. They share the glory, they share the fun and enjoyment and they also share the pain of defeat.
In the cold light of day performances will be dissected and you can be sure that the players will bounce back from such a painful defeat and be bigger, stronger and better for this last month of competition.
As the team all came home, Jos flew from Kolkata across to Mumbai to join up with the Indians and his first taste of IPL cricket.
This is a new world again and the experience of playing in the IPL will stand England’s outstanding wicketkeeper/batsman in great stead.
The first game is on Saturday and is one not to be missed.
The county season officially starts on Sunday. In Division One, Yorkshire will clearly be the team to beat again but any team that gets off to a decent start could well challenge a Yorkshire outfit that will be hit hard by England calls as the season goes on.
Let’s hope the sun comes out and it’s a warm and enjoyable summer.