Evening Standard – After Tuesday’s third ODI against Australia at Trent Bridge, England have just 20 matches before the World Cup.

Summary

  • After Tuesday’s third ODI against Australia at Trent Bridge, England have just 20 matches before the World Cup.
  • Quietly, shorn of some key players in alien conditions (both on the field and off it), that was one of England’s most significant victories.
  • Even if Buttler or Root are able to step in on the field, Morgan remains the key figure, the guider of the philosophy that has got England to No1.
  • One year from now England will have played five of their nine group games and the World Cup’s proximity is beginning to sink in, and – along with another global sporting tournament going on at the moment – a wider purpose emerging.
  • “Things like this, you get to speak to kids in a classroom, they get chatting to their parents about cricket, they know there’s a World Cup next summer and they might go to games.


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