Captain Andrew Strauss has said that while no England team has won the cricket world cup since it was first played 35years ago, blaming a poor performance on the preceding Ashes tour of Australia won’t wash as an excuse for failure in 2011.
Strauss told reporters at Trent Bridge, where the first one-day international between England and Bangladesh takes place on Thursday, that: “There’s no reason why you can’t go from a busy Ashes series and then win the World Cup.
“What you want in that Ashes series is for you to win and be full of confidence and have that under your belt before you go to the World Cup; that would be the perfect way to go in to a World Cup,” Sports24 quoted him, as saying.
England has been on the losing side in three World Cup finals, being well beaten by the West Indies at Lord’s in 1979 and Pakistan at Melbourne in 1992.
The closest they came to winning the World Cup was on the back of their last succesful Ashes tour, when an England team captained by Strauss’s Middlesex predecessor Mike Gatting lost to Australia by seven runs in the 1987 final in Calcutta. (ANI)