2 Big England Cricketers Who Might Fail In World Cup 2023 – Last year England became the first-ever team to simultaneously hold both the ODI World Cup trophy and the T20 World Cup trophy after they won the T20 title in Australia, having won their maiden ODI WC trophy at home four years ago.
The England cricket team is a dynasty now. The team led by earlier Eoin Morgan and now Jos Buttler are unarguably the greatest England white-ball team, and are perhaps the strongest white-ball unit currently in the world.
Even if the World Cup 2023 will be played in the Indian conditions later this year, England, the defending champions, will still come into the tournament as strong favorites and they would want to successfully defend their title.
The England side is filled with superstar players who, on their day, have the ability to win the match themselves. A couple of players from the England team, though, could find it challenging to succeed in the World Cup 2023.
2 England players who might struggle in World Cup 2023:
Chris Woakes was an underrated hero in England’s 2019 World Cup-winning side. While the likes of Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, and Adil Rashid hogged the limelight, Woakes continued to do a superb job with the ball. In the 2019 WC, Woakes picked 16 wickets, but got overshadowed by Archer’s success.
Woakes is known to be a specialist in English conditions where he makes the ball swing considerably in home and helpful conditions. However, away from home and when conditions are not favorable to medium pacers, Woakes has a tendency to go ineffective, and even his overs get reduced at times.
In India in the World Cup 2023, apart from a couple of venues like Wankhede and Dharamshala, Woakes won’t get assistance for his medium-pace bowling.
He already has an ordinary record in Asian conditions: in a good sample size of 25 ODI matches in Asia, Woakes averages a mediocre 30 with the ball. In the World Cup 2023, Woakes is unlikely to have similar success and impact as he did in the home World Cup four years ago.
Hailed as one of the best and most talented upcoming batters in the international circuit at the moment, Harry Brook has had a sensational start to his Test career. He averages 62 in Test cricket, however, his white-ball international numbers flatter to deceive his talent: in 3 ODIs, he averages 28 and in 20 T20Is, he averages 26.
He played his first ICC tournament last year in the T20 World Cup in Australia and wasn’t really a hit in the tournament even as England returned home with the trophy.
Brook’s maiden stint in the IPL this year was also more or less disappointing. He cracked one century on one of the flattest pitches in India in Eden Gardens and apart from that he struggled against both the moving ball early in the innings and also heavily against the spinners, finishing the IPL 2023 with an average of only 21.
Brook will bat in the middle-order for England in ODIs and he’s going to face a lot of spin bowling if he plays in the World Cup, and in Indian conditions it’s going to be a tough challenge for the youngster to overcome.