With the Champions Trophy fast approaching, we thought we’d focus on the pre-tournament favourites and hosts, England. For so long they have been ODI also-rans, but since the 2015 World Cup, the grass is considerably greener in England’s green and pleasant lands.
For purposes of looking at England’s hopes of lifting a first ever ICC 50-over trophy, time must begin on 30 March 2015, the day after the 2015 World Cup. All stats in this article are correct from that day to 25 May 2017.
- No team has won as many games, 26, as England in this time
- England’s win/loss ratio of 2.00, is the best in the game (26 wins, 13 defeats)
- England’s runs per over (RPO) figure of 6.28 is comfortably the best in the game. South Africa follow in second with an RPO of 5.82
- The highest team score is England’s 444 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge
- No team averages more runs per wicket, 41.22, than England
- Five Englishmen have passed 1,000 ODI runs in this time. New Zealand, with four, are the next best. Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jos Buttler have been blazing the trail of ODI revival for England
- An Englishman tops the wicket taking list. No one has taken more, 60, than Adil Rashid
- The best economy rate of any bowler since the last World Cup is 1.85, by Tim Bresnan. He may only have played one of England’s 42 ODIs in that time, against Ireland, but a stat is a stat and no one has managed to be more measly than a Yorkshireman. Plus ça change
And if stats aren’t your bag, there’s the gut feeling. England have been superb since the last World Cup, the best side around. Their batting has been transformed by Hales and Roy atop the order. If one doesn’t get you, then the other will. And if they both fire simultaneously…
Then there’s Root at three, a man for every occasion and one of the top four batsmen in the world. He’s followed in by Morgan, a man who has lead this England side from the doldrums and spearheaded their revolution. With Ben Stokes and Buttler behind him, with Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes still in the hutch, there is an unparalleled batting depth to this England side. Their RPO of 6.28 is no coincidence.
As Fat Les sang of England’s footballing fortunes, “We’re going to score one more than you – England!” Whilst that was entirely misguided in a footballing sense, it translates to England’s ODI fortunes right now. They really will score more runs than you. And that is the whole point.
England go into the Champions Trophy as favourites. They will take some stopping.
By Miles Reucroft