When England attempts to defend its ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title in India later this year, batsman Joe Root is counting on his squad to draw from the lessons they learned in 2019.

England travels to the sub-continent for this year’s 50-over competition, they have a chance to become just the third team to win back-to-back championships. Root was a member of the successful England team who raised their first World Cup trophy at home four years ago.

Root is hoping he can repeat that triumph in India in November since he still vividly recalls the dramatic Super Over match that took place in the World Cup Final at Lord’s in 2019.

“Having the experience of 2019 and how good that was and how much that meant to the group, and for them to go out and get the opportunity to defend it is something we are relishing and really looking forward to,” Root added.

We’ll have to play some really solid cricket, be able to adjust to various environmental factors, and maintain the necessary level of consistency.

For the six-week competition, England is one of the countries that has already announced a preliminary squad. The defending champions revealed a few shocks in their initial group by leaving out rookie batter Harry Brook and selecting uncapped bowler Gus Atkinson.

Root is confident in the team put together to carry out the tasks for England throughout the World Cup and is aware that his team must play its best cricket in the decisive stage of the competition.

As a player, Root noted, “Playing in a World Cup event is something that you always look forward to.”

“You want to go out and play, impress, and deliver for your country during major tournaments and huge occasions.

“You have to advance to the semifinal and championship games, and then it’s a matter of showing up and performing when it matters.”

And it should come as no surprise that Root named two of his teammates as the most likely candidates to be the top run scorer and wicket-taker in the keenly anticipated competition that starts on October 5.

Jonny Bairstow will likely win the award for most runs scored, according to Root.

He is a fantastic white-ball player and has been incredibly reliable for us at the top of the order, according to him.

Root anticipates that the slower bowlers would fare better in the Indian conditions, and he thinks Adil Rashid may thrive by taking the most wickets.

“He (Rashid) has so many different skills and variations to call upon,” continued Root.

We are aware of how crucial it is to secure wickets in the middle overs. He has served us admirably for a while, and I expect him to be quite challenging on these tracks.

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