A lot has changed in the seven years since England played a World Cup game in Adelaide.
In 2015 they were largely useless in white-ball cricket, highlighted by a group stage exit in the World Cup at 50 confirmed by a 15-point loss to Bangladesh in South Australia.
But England head to the aesthetic Adelaide Oval for Thursday’s World Cup T20 semi-final against India – accumulation from 7am Sky Sports Cricket before an 8 a.m. departure – as a side to be reckoned with, perhaps even feared. Since that soft surrender against Bangladesh, there has been a white ball revolution.
The 2016 T20 World Cup final. The 2017 Champions Trophy semi-finals. 2019 Over 50 World Cup winners. Last year’s T20 World Cup semi-finalists. The timidity of 2015 has since been replaced by a “go harder” approach and has paid off.
“We actually just talked about this (Bangladesh game) in the dressing room,” said captain Jos Buttler, whose 65 of 52 deliveries against the Tigers seven years ago were in vain as England was ejected for 260 in a pursuit of 276. .
“Every time you come back to certain grounds there are memories and not always good ones unfortunately. It was a real moment in the sands of English white ball cricket and to now be in the semi-finals and to going to tournaments with a level of expectation that we should perform well is a good place to be.
“It was clear to see the change in mindset in English cricket towards the game of white ball and especially the way we played.
“It has given us better results. It gives us a lot of confidence in this process that is working. It seems to be an ingrained way of playing English cricket now. It has been a fantastic journey to be part of.”
Stokes: England will not back down
England’s marked improvement in limited passing formats was launched by former captain Eoin Morgan and continued in Australia in recent weeks by Buttler, who became permanent skipper of the white ball at the end of June after the departure Morgan’s retirement.
There were a few instances in this England tournament going back to the wavering side stuttering throughout the 2015 World Cup, just as there were in the summer at home where they failed to win a series of white balls.
Buttler’s side fumbled with the bat as they beat Afghanistan in their T20 World Cup opener in Perth, then barely played an angry shot for much of the innings against Ireland as they suffered a defeat in the rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However, they were back to their aggressive and clinical best against New Zealand the next time they were able to take the field and the versatile Ben Stokes – whose cerebral 42 from 36 balls against Sri Lanka on Saturday led the England in the semi-final after a mid-range batting slump – insists his side won’t be ‘cautious’ against India in Thursday’s semi-final.
Stokes said: “We’re in a position now where it’s do or die. What I don’t think anyone will do is take a step back.
“We talk a lot about how we want to play in terms of moments of pressure and what we’ll see here is that we try to deliver what we talk about, not taking the cautious option.
“We had some ups and downs in the group stage, but we can forget them now. We know that if we run anywhere near where we want to be, we’ll be a very tough team to beat. “
Injuries could be a problem for England
England may not be cautious then, but they could be exhausted.
Regular No. 3 batsman Dawid Malan looks unlikely to play due to a groin injury sustained in a game against Sri Lanka on Saturday, while fast bowler Mark Wood is suffering from general body stiffness which has hampered his ability to train for the past two days.
Wood’s absence would be a huge blow for England and a big boost for India, who are aiming to reach a World Cup final for the first time in eight years.
Phil Salt is Malan’s likely replacement and should slot in at the first drop despite Stokes playing his key innings from there against Sri Lanka, while Chris Jordan is likely to come in for Wood.
Jordan could even come in anyway if England want an extra bowler. If they do, Harry Brook would look vulnerable having only hit double numbers once in four moves in the middle order.
As for India, the fact that this game is played on a worn surface and can have a sub-continental feel might give them a boost – but so will the form of Suryakumar Yadav, an all-around hitter. modern fact that marks freely, quickly and steadily all around. the ground with a shimmering array of strokes.
“Suryakumar does not carry extra baggage”
In 2022, the Indian number 4 has 1,026 international T20 runs at a strike rate of 186.54. In this World Cup, he has 225 with a completion rate of 193.96. He’s probably looking at those short, square bounds of the Adelaide Oval as you read this.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said of Suryakumar: “He’s the kind of guy who just doesn’t carry any luggage. He has a lot of suitcases – honestly he loves shopping – but when it comes to carrying extra pressure, extra baggage, I don’t think he has that in him.”
India as a team could, however. It’s been 11 years since they gave their cricket-crazed fans a World Cup – the 50th birthday version at home in 2011 – with knockout defeats at the 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups and the 2015 50th birthday and 2019. World Cups.
India are favorites and victory would set up a mouth-watering encounter with Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday, three weeks after Rohit’s men beat Babar Azam’s in a last-ball thriller.
But England have a chance to completely right the wrongs of the last World Cup in Australia by winning this one. It’s Adelaide on Thursday and, they hope, Melbourne on Sunday.
Watch England’s T20 World Cup semi-final against India live on Sky Sports Cricket on Thursday. A one-hour buildup begins at 7am before an 8am start at Adelaide Oval.