Runners up in 2004
Squad for Champions Trophy *click on the player names to view their Cricinfo player profile
- Alastair Cook (C)
- Ian Bell
- Jonathan Trott
- Eoin Morgan
- Ravi Bopara
- Joe Root
- Jonny Bairstow
- Jos Buttler (wk)
- Tim Bresnan
- Stuart Broad
- Chris Woakes
- Graeme Swann
- James Anderson
- James Tredwell
- Steven Finn
England has to be one of the favorites this year considering the fact that they are the hosts and the weather and pitch conditions should suit them. Moreover they posses one of the best balanced bowling units in the business with the likes of Anderson, Broad, Finn and Swann in their ranks. Anderson and Broad has just showed what sort of form they are in during the recently concluded test against New Zealand at Lords. Anderson would relish the early summer conditions which would perfectly suit his style of bowling and if the pace trio are on song and the batsmen also steps up England could finally get hold of the trophy which they missed winning in 2004.
However, one major set back for the Poms is the absence of their premier batsman Kevin Pietersen who has not yet fully recovered from the knee injury he picked up during the test series in New Zealand. His absence will surely put extra pressure on the likes of Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Ravi Bopara in the England middle order. Ravi Bopara has got yet another chance to stake claim for a permanent spot in the squad. It would also interesting to see how Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann are going to perform after recovering from elbow surgeries recently.
If England are going to open with Cook and Bell with Trott at 3, the absence of a power hitter at the top might hamper them in the Power Play overs. Joe Root has been a real find for England over the past year and fans will be no doubt looking forward to see his perform well in the tournament. Alastair Cook has had very good success at the top of the order since he has been appointed as the captain and would be the key to provide the side with good starts.
Players to watch out for :-
James Anderson :- The lynchpin of the England attack. Although he has not played a lot of ODIs for England of late (only 16 ODis since 01.01.2012) he remains the leader of their attack. The fact that the tournament is happening at the beginning of the English summer will make him more dangerous.
Joe Root :- Root has been a great find for England in the past year. People really noticed his composure while batting and he does have a good head on his young shoulders. Will be interesting to see how he steps up with Kevin Pietersen missing in the middle order.
Steven Finn :- Has been the strike bowler in ODIs for England for the past 18 months or so. He would be hoping to carry on the success in the Champion trophy as well.
Eoin Morgan :- The key player in the England middle order especially because of the absence of Pietersen. A clinical finisher and one of the best in that role. Lot of big things will be expected from Morgan in this tournament.
Prediction :- Has got the team and the conditions in their favour to reach the finals I guess…