After consecutive howlers in six World Cup Campaigns since 1992, England is finally coming to grips with the demands of one-day cricket. The side had long resisted adopting a template for the modern game and has therefore had to bear the brunt in terms of resounding failures in all major tournaments time and again.
Something has changed now for better than never as newly appointed English Cricket Director Andrew Strauss made a clear statement that all shorter formats will be given equal priority.
The England team could not continue with conservative approach with the inclusion of players like Alastair Cook, Alex Stewart and Michael Vaughan, who all seemed to strike gold in Test cricket but were unable to translate their performances in white ball cricket.England needed a fresh approach to eradicate past woes and to adjust in order to come to terms with the modern game.
The new selection has really worked wonders as one-day specialists like Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and James Taylor are all aggressive stroke players who are known to keep the scorecard ticking.
The segregation created in terms of different squads for the Test and one-day format has made it easier for the team management to manage workloads of various players in order to keep them fresh and fit for future cricketing schedules.
The rise of the gladiator all-rounder Ben Stokes provides necessary balance and the variation is given through Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in terms of spin.The team saw immediate success in the one-day series against New Zealand played at home and also consistently made team scores of over 350 runs.They lost the Australian series in a close fight by a margin of 3-2 in a five-match series.
Then , England played on dry and placid pitches in UAE against Pakistan and lost their opening game but came back well to win their remaining matches to take the trophy and the series.The England team is now on tour to South Africa and is playing one-day games with signs of increased confidence and vigor that has helped them outclass the home team so far by winning the first two matches.
All the above results clearly point towards one fact. The new English team is on the rise and will become a force to reckon with in no time as the next World Cup draws near.