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“They have a very cool, calm, calculated captain in [Eoin] Morgan, and they have some incredibly talented players”
Last Updated: 19/05/19 8:25pm
Nasser Hussain says England’s 4-0 ODI series win over Pakistan is ideal preparation ahead of a home World Cup.
England wrapped up the series with a 54-run win in the fifth and final one-day international at Headingley, with Chris Woakes taking 5-54.
England have two final warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan ahead of the tournament, which starts on Thursday, May 30 as they take on South Africa at The Oval.
“Compare where they are now, to where they were going into that last World Cup,” said Hussain. “When Eoin Morgan was given that hospital pass a few months before, having to take over from Alastair Cook.
“They were still selecting Test match players back then, rewarding them with white-ball cricket.
“It’s completely different now. England are unbeaten in their last 12 bilateral ODI series, winning 11 of them.
“They’re in ridiculously good form. Whether they bowl first, bat first, whatever the situation, they find a way.
“They have a very cool, calm, calculated captain in Morgan, and they have some incredibly talented players.
“They can’t do any more, it’s up to them to perform in a tournament now.”
England name their final World Cup squad on Tuesday. Jofra Archer was not named in their preliminary squad of 15, but is likely to now get a spot.
It means one of Mark Wood, David Willey, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett likely misses out, as Nasser is confident Woakes’ efforts have ensured his place.
“One thing England have in their armoury is a lad who can take wickets in the first 10 overs in Woakes,” added Hussain. “It makes a massive difference.
“He is a massive asset. On pitches that are this flat, if you can have a bowler that gets you just a little bit ahead of the game, it’s huge.
“Woakes is worth his weight in gold.”
You can watch every match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on Sky Sports Cricket, starting with England vs South Africa at The Oval on Thursday, May 30.