England’s World Cup team, led by all-rounder Moeen Ali, remains determined to turn their campaign around. They are scheduled to face Sri Lanka in Bengaluru on Thursday, fully aware that they must win all of their remaining five matches to secure a spot in the semi-finals. The defending champions have encountered a rocky start, losing three out of their four games, including a significant defeat against South Africa.
Moeen Ali Believes in Squad’s Resilience Amidst World Cup Challenge
Recalling the 2019 cricket World Cup, when England clinched victory, they had to win their last two group-stage matches to advance after suffering losses in three earlier outings. With Reece Topley sidelined for the remainder of the tournament due to a broken finger, England is guaranteed to make at least one change in their lineup as they strive to rejuvenate their struggling campaign. Moeen, who hasn’t played since the tournament opener against New Zealand, is expected to return to the team. Further adjustments to England’s starting eleven are also probable.
In their 229-run loss to South Africa, England deviated from their initial strategy of having all-rounders provide batting depth. Instead, they opted for six frontline batters with David Willey at number seven. Topley’s injury has left them short of a new-ball bowler, and his replacement, Brydon Carse, is unlikely to play, having only arrived in India on Wednesday morning. This situation may pave the way for Chris Woakes to make a comeback.