Graeme Swann has said that there is no way that England is going to win the next World Cup in Australia-New Zealand in a few months’ time, but, if they change their style of play, they might emerge out as a strong contender for the title in 2018.
Swann doesn’t like the way the selections for limited-over formats are being made in England currently. He believes that the players for One Day International cricket should not be picked on the basis of their test performances because test cricket is a different ball game.
According to Swann, it has been happening in England since ages that the good test players get preferred in 50-over cricket too, but, that’s the wrong way to go about it. The test players are unlikely to win the World Cups for their countries because of their conventional approach. They are obviously expert at the things that they do i.e. playing proper cricket shots, defending solidly, leaving the ball etc., but, these things don’t always work in limited-over games. One needs to be innovative there.
Swann also believes that Alastair Cook should not be the captain of the England One Day side because he is not a player suited to that format.
In the England squad that has been announced for the One-Day series against India, almost all the test batsmen including Ian Bell, Cook himself, Joe Root have been included. These players are certainly pleasing to the eye, but, they rarely score at a strike rate of 100 and these days, with the evolution of the T20s, a strike rate of 100 is must, no matter where you are batting.
So, there is a point in what Swann is saying. A change in approach might be needed by England if they have to challenge top ODI teams.Continue reading