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The Times England's World Cup - The full story of the 2019 Tournament

The Times England's World Cup - The full story of the 2019 Tournament
Edited by Richard Whitehead
Foreword by Mike Atherton

Published by The History Press,
97, St.George's Place,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,
GL50 3QB


ISBN 978 0 7509 9729 4

Price Sterling pounds 12.99 plus postage

Pages 224

An outstanding chronological account of the greatest ever summer of cricket known for England's one-day team. Excellent match reports from The Times' cricket correspondents, analysis of the England games by former England captain, Mike Atherton and player profiles make this account of the 2019 World Cup competition a fabulously mind jogging read.

Despite not having won the World Cup Tournament previously, England went into the competition as favourites to win. Held over seven weeks between May 30 and July 14, ten teams from five different continents, had taken part. The teams initially played each other in a league format and at the end of which, the top four sides went through to the semi-finals with winners playing in the final at Lord's.

In his foreword, Mike Atherton has remarked: "Quite how England won the final will puzzle those who were there: with Trent Boult stepping on the boundary rope, having taken what would have been a match-winning catch; with boundary overthrows erroneously given to help England tie the match, it felt like a home win was preordained;. Morgan and England finished the tournament with the trophy; Williamson and New Zealand won hearts everywhere with the grace they showed in defeat."

The book provides reports of all 45 matches apart from the key numbers. It showcased the best that the one-day game has to offer, with compelling individual performances and spellbinding matches - all culminating in England's unforgettable victory over New Zealand in the Final.

The Times England's World Cup gives you a chance to relive the drama as it happened with the best of cricket writers.

Covering the India vs West Indies at Old Trafford on June 27, John Westerby commented: "In Kohli, they have a captain whose emotive presence mirrors that of his exuberant followers in the stands, their sky-blue shirts dominating a full house at Old Trafford yesterday. In the closing stages, as Jasprit Bumrah began to fillet West Indies' lower order, Kohli was the master conductor, leading the rhythmical hand-clapping of the fans even as Bumrah was running in to owl."

The highlight of the book has been providing the interesting key numbers after every match. India vs Bangladesh Edgbaston match played on July 2 mentioned India reached their sixth successive semi-final in ICC tournaments (World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy).

Jos Buttler has been paid a rich tribute by John Westerby during the course of the tournament in a special article. He says his destructive qualities are now familiar all over the cricketing world, with Buttler the scorer of England's two quickest centuries in one-day internationals, from 46 to 50 balls - 46-ball hundred at Dubai on November 20, 2015 and a 50-ball hundred at Southampton on May 11, 2019 - both against Pakistan.

According to John Westerby, Buttler is a batsman with the highest strike rate among those who have made more than 200 runs in the tournament. He remains the player opposing bowlers fear the most, poised to enter in the middle stages of an innings and take the game away with the intelligence and calculated brutality of his strokeplay. No player has embodied England's spectacular revival since the 2015 World Cup more than Buttler.

This is a fascinating book, having excellent photographs and pleasantly produced. Thoroughly researched and immensely readable, the book is recommended to cricket enthusiasts without the slightest hesitation.