There has been a lot of talk about the conditions expected for World Cup 2019 happening in England where summer is getting hotter with every passing year. Let’s have a recap of ODI’s that happened in the country since the start of 2017. This would help you immensely while selecting your Dream 11 team.
Out of the 38 ODI matches that happened in England, teams batting first have scored 300+ scores 18 times which is a stunning number. England has scored 481 against Australia in the same duration and recently even the Indian skipper Virat Kohli had mentioned that England looks desperate to post the first ever 500+ score in ODI cricket. Such has been the record in helping the batsmen recently in England.
The average first innings ODI score in England is 290 and is well above India(274) in second place. Also, England is the only country where teams have consistently scored at run rates over 6 in ODI cricket. Clearly, picking your batsmen is one of the most critical factors for this World Cup and let’s look in detail on how to approach it.
Players who have bat in number 3 position in England have the best average among all other batting position. The so-called ‘Fab Four’ in the modern era Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, and Steve Smith all bat at number 3 and you may not want to leave them out of your teams. Also, the number 4 seems to be an issue not just for India but for all teams that have played in England recently as the average drastically differs from position 3 and 5.
Also, unsurprisingly batsmen get you the maximum number of points in England. One of the most interesting numbers below is that of All- Rounders’ (122). They actually get you points much lower than the bowlers and it primarily boils down to the fact that there are not many all-rounders who can contribute with both bat and ball in a single game. Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, and Mitchell Santner occupy 4 of the top 5 spots in ICC ODI All-rounder rankings and they are all primarily bowlers who can contribute a bit with the bat lower down the order. So, the popular myth of all-rounders getting more points may work in T20s, but players find it difficult to replicate it in ODIs and Tests.
As far as bowling is concerned, wrist spinners have the advantage over other types of bowlers.
The pitches in England are expected to slow down during the course of the tournament. The conditions are expected to be a touch hotter in June when compared to May and so the pitches might crack up. Recently, in the Royal London One Day Cup, the average 1st innings run rate during the first half of the season was 6.3 whereas it dropped down to 6 during the second half of the season. Also, the average runs scored per wicket during the second half of the season was 34.49 which was significantly lower than the average runs scored in the first half of the season (40.80).
All stats in this write-up are considered since January 1st, 2017 for ODI matches