'Great athlete' Jofra Archer will be England's 'X-factor', says Virat Kohli

Angelo Anderson
May 24, 2019

In their build to the World Cup, they outplayed Pakistan 4-0 in a high-scoring series. Pakistan skipper Safaraz Ahmed went for the swashbuckling Jos Buttler while Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza picked the run-machine Kohli.

Indian skipper Kohli and Williamson stood out in the picture and had cricket fans on social media excited and amped as they tried to decipher each player's body language in the unique photo. I see 250 being defended, too. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different.

"Not all teams are going to be in a great position". The ones who have to make sure that they get the result are going to be under pressure to chase even a small total. "They smash it from ball one and for the full 50 overs".

The results have been spectacular, with Morgan's men rising to the top of the one-day global rankings.

England are unlikely to encounter the kind of slow surface that helped prove their undoing when they lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy in Cardiff.

"My answer is the same", Sarfraz said.

He said: "There are a few guys in the squad from the last World Cup which is great".

"We won the 1992 World Cup".

'We are confident that we can go well, but a lot depends on the start'.


Sarfraz said the team is passionate to win the tournament and have the potential to deliver in batting, bowling and fielding.

Virat Kohli was more elaborate in his answer and touched upon various variables and said, "India-Pakistan is always a very very anticipated match but we keep saying this again and again".

England are hoping Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer, who only qualified in March, will be the X-factor in a varied attack that also includes the experience of seamer Chris Woakes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Despite playing just three one-day internationals, Archer was included in England's 15-man squad for a tournament they are set to enter as favourites.

"He (Archer) is a world-class bowler and there's a good reason why he's been fast-tracked into playing for England at the World Cup", Kohli told reporters at the Cricket World Cup Captains' press conference on Thursday. I've seen him the last couple of years at the Indian Premier League and it's going to be really exciting to see him at the World Cup. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is about to go down and cricket fans' all over the world can feel the excitement reaching a fever pitch.

"He can generate a lot of pace which can be intimidating and you don't really expect that from his run-up. I'll be watching him as well because from what I've seen he has really impressed".

Morgan said: 'I don't think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else.

"It's very hard to simulate the exact intensity of a World Cup but we'll get out what we need from these warm ups".

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 file photo, Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews plays a shot against South Africa during their fifth one-day global cricket match with Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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