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PERFORMANCE OF ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM IN 2019

PERFORMANCE OF ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM IN 2019

The England Cricket Team began their 2019 by touring West Indies. The Englishmen captained by Joe Root played three Tests against West Indies and unfortunately, they couldn’t manage to defeat the series. In the first innings of the 1st Test, England failed to handle West Indies bowling. They were bowled out for 77 by Jason Holder’s team and this act of boor batting pretty much resulted in their loss. In the second innings, they struggled again with the West Indian skipper Jason Holder who struck a double ton and set up a mammoth total of 628 runs. England ended up losing the match and Jason Holder was awarded the Man of the Match for his glorious knock.

The same happened in the second Test. They struggled with their batting and that was enough for West Indies to win the Test as well as clenching the title too. The third Test, however, was won by England and they saved themselves from a whitewash. Their batting seemed a little more stable than it did in their previous match and they were also aided by their bowling attack. They scored 277 in their first innings and bowled out West Indies for 154 runs. In the second innings the captain, Joe Root stood up and scored a marvelous knock of 122 runs and they posted a total of 485 runs which West Indies failed to achieve even after a ton by Roston Chase.

The series could’ve been won by England if they had tried to review their batting earlier. England still had to face West Indies in a five-match ODI and three-match T20i series and they were captained by Eoin Morgan. The ODI series ended up in a draw as one match was washed out due to rain and both teams won two matches each. But they were splendid in the T20 series where they defeated the home side in all of the three matches by restricting West Indies to a low total which could be chased down easily.

Their next opponent was Pakistan and this time they were the hosts. They played a single T20 which they won easily by chasing 173 runs with the help of their skipper’s 57. Next, they had to play 5 ODIs against Pakistan and the first match was canceled because of rain. The other four were won by England swiftly as their batting line-up elapsed in all the matches and left Pakistan stunned. Pakistan would set up good totals and yet they would fail to restrict England in each match. Then it was time for the biggest Cricket event ever.

The Cricket World Cup 2019 where every team tries its best to lift the title and spend the next four years in glory. England lost its match against Pakistan who put up a total of 348 runs and England failed to chase the total. But they won their next three matches which were against Bangladesh, West Indies, and Afghanistan defeating all of them comfortably and paved their way to a possible chance for the semi-finals. For once, their chances of playing the semis were looking impossible as they lost two consecutive matches against Sri Lanka and Australia. Their defeat against Sri Lanka came as much of a shock for the fans who were expecting the game as an easy win for England. But they still had two more matches left to play and that was against India and New Zealand.

India had already qualified for the semi-finals but that didn’t mean that they were going to go down easily. England batting first scored a total of 337 runs. Jonny Bairstow scored a stunning 111. India chasing, fell 31 runs short. Their batting shone again against New Zealand and they won the match easily as New Zealand got bowled out for 186 runs while chasing 305. And now England found themselves in the semi-finals against Australia, the defending champion and five-time World Cup winner and also not to forget they had defeated England previously in the tournament. Their smart bowling resulted in their win in the semi-finals. They never gave the chance to Aussie batsmen to build up their innings and they found themselves one step closer to the trophy and the glory.

The Final was between New Zealand and England. New Zealand defeated India in the semi-finals. Both teams were equally deserving of the title and they gave us the most exciting World Cup final. The match gave us a super over as the scores were tied down. But that’s nothing compared to what happened next. The super over was tied too and England lifted the trophy because they had the most number of boundaries. England’s Ben Stokes was awarded the Man of the Match and New Zealand’s captain, Kane Williamson was declared the Player of the Tournament.

2019 bought more than the World Cup with itself. The Ashes was to be played the same year too. England captained by Joe Roots was high in spirits after their World Cup win and was determined to win and on the other hand, Australia captained by Tim Paine was full of confidence and power. The Ashes ended up in a draw. Two Tests were won by Australia and two by England. One match was tied. The match would have ended in England’s pocket if they had bowled a little bit better then after just winning the World Cup they would have been roaring if they had just won the Ashes. Their next series was against New Zealand in November-December. Five T20i and two Tests. From the first four matches, two were eon by England and two were won by New Zealand.

It all came to the last match of the series and ironically New Zealand and England found themselves in the same situation as the Final of the World Cup. A super over. England batted first and scored 17 runs. New Zealand fell nine runs short and England won the T20 series. The first Test was won by New Zealand by an innings and 65 runs. Root’s bowlers were very weak in front of the Kiwis batsmen. They were brutally smacked by BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner who scored 205 and 126 runs respectively. In their second innings, they were bowled out for 197 runs and lost the Test. The second Test, however, ended up in a draw.

Their last match of the year was against South Africa. It was a low scoring match; evidently, both teams were on top of each other’s necks. And this tactic ended up in Faf du Plessis’ men as they won the match by 107 runs. England’s batting once again was not up to the mark, causing them another match’s loss.

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