2015 ICC Cricket World Cup; Country Profile (England & Scotland)

Pool A

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ICC Ranking: 5th

Best World Cup Performance: Runners-Up (1979, 1987, 1992)

Captain: Eoin Morgan

Coach: Peter Moores

Highest Ranked Bowler: Joe E. Root (14th)

Highest Ranked Batsman: James M. Anderson (4th)

Form Guide (Last 4 Competitive ODI’s): [Carlton Mid Tri-Series (Australia & India)] L (112 Runs) {Australia}; W (3 Wickets) {India}; L (3 Wickets) {Australia}; W (9 Wickets) {India}

Squad:

Eoin Morgan (Middle-Order Batsman), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper Batsman), Gary Ballance (Batsman), Ian Bell (Top-Order Batsman), Ravi Bopara (Middle-Order Batsman), Stuart Broad (Bowler), Steven Finn (Bowler), Alex Hales (Batsman), Joe Root (Batsman), James Taylor (Batsman), Chris Woakes (Bowler), Moeen Ali (Opening Batsman), James Tredwell (All-Rounder), James Anderson (Bowler), Chris Jordan (Bowler)

England Squad
England Squad

The Grand Stand View

Walk into your local watering hole and ask about the perennial underachievers of the game in the modern age, the names South Africa and England will surely be top of the list of any Cricket man worth his salt; it has become common to see the England lads come into the tournament being talked up by their media and eventually being berated and belittled before they have packed their bags in preparation to leave. Their odds of 8-1 represent a continuation of that norm to a certain degree, the lads are being talked up as potential semi-finalists in a time when they side seems to lack the quality they had in previous editions; the absence of too many proven superstar players could actually inspire the side to play above their own level and deliver some success to their fraternity, or we could just see another infamous collapse on the grandest of stages by England. Whatever happens, one gets the feeling that the neutrals will be entertained regardless and that the English media will have content for months on end too.

Cricket Scotland
Cricket Scotland
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Scotland Flag

ICC Ranking: 14th

Best World Cup Performance: Group Stage (1999, 2007)

Captain: Preston L. Mommsen

Coach: Grant Bradburn

Highest Ranked Bowler: Majid R. Haq (59th)

Highest Ranked Batsman: Matthew W. Machan (97th)

Form Guide (Last 5 Competitive ODI’s): [International Triangular Series & ODI Series vs Ireland] W (150 Runs) {Afghanistan}; L (3 Wickets) {Ireland}; L (8 Wickets) {Afghanistan}; W (8 Wickets) {Ireland}; L (3 Wickets) {Ireland}

Squad:

Preston Mommsen (Batsman), Kyle Coetzer (Batsman), Richie Berrington (All-Rounder), Alasdair Evans (Bowler), Freddie Coleman (Batsman), Michael Leask (Batsman), Safyaan Sharif (Bowler), Iain Wardlaw (Bowler), Josh Davey (All-Rounder), Hamish Gardiner (Top-Order Batsman), Matt Machan (All-Rounder), Rob Taylor (All-Rounder), Matthew Cross (Wicketkeeper Batsman), Majid Haq (Bowler), Calum MacLeod (Opening Batsman)

Scotland Team
Scotland Team

The Grand Stand View

If the ICC had it their way, sides like Scotland would never grace the field on Cricket’s grandest stage if they weren’t full members of the ICC; it will now be up to that affiliate sides like Scotland to step up to the plate a justify why the game is better off with such sides coming in and adding something different to what has become the status quo. We watched in amazement as Ireland shocked many with spirited performances in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Asia and we continue to be astounded at the progress Zimbabwe are making as a Cricket nation too; one gets the feeling that a great performance and a win or two for Scotland could negate the need for the ICC bigwigs to ever consider dropping the affiliates at tournament time and actually consider the merit behind adding two more sides to the mix and helping to growth the sport in all pockets of the globe. Scotland have some pretty decent cricketers in their squad, lads that could step up and be counted in and amongst the fraternity’s elite professionals; we at GSV feel as if we will see an upset or two go in favour of the Scots out in Australia and New Zealand.

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