Michael Collins

Can the England cricket team regain their composure?

England has some talented batters, but bowling remains an issue.

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Last Thursday’s opening game of the Cricket World Cup saw England roundly thrashed in Ahmedabad, by what looked on paper to be a fairly average New Zealand. 

Posting a stuttering 282 for nine off 50 overs, England threatened to dominate but too often threw wickets away. Jonny Bairstow clipped the second ball of the innings off his legs for six, Root hit a typically fluent and mostly composed 77, and Jos Buttler showed glimpses of the form that made him one of the IPL stars of his generation. 

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Michael Collins

Dr Michael Collins is Associate Professor of Modern British History at UCL. He was one of the commissioners on the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket’s report.

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