World Cup, Match 33: England vs Bangladesh at Adelaide
This is a do-or-die match for England. If they lose they will fall a game-and-a-half behind Bangladesh, with only one game left to play. England must win this match or they will finish fifth in Pool A and miss out on the quarter finals, which would be a humiliating result for a side which came into the tournament with realistic hopes of pushing for a berth in the final. England’s batting has been reasonable at this World Cup but their bowling has been nothing short of horrendous. Veteran pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad shaped as trump cards for them heading into the tournament. Yet both have been insipid, so much so that neither of them are assured of their place in the side beyond this match. Bangladesh benefited from a wash out in their game against Australia, which earned them a point from a fixture they almost certainly would have lost. Their one win came against minnows Afghanistan, while they were thumped by Sri Lanka in their third match.
England’s quicks vs poor form and self doubt:
If England are to remain in this World Cup, and then have any impact in the quarter finals and beyond, their fast men must swiftly rediscover their best form. The fragile batting order of Bangladesh may be just the opponent that Anderson, Broad, Chris Woakes and Steve Finn need to build some confidence and momentum. England may well look to set attacking fields in their first 15 overs to try to earn their struggling fast bowlers as many breakthroughs as possible.