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Anderson talks up England chances

January 07, 2015 12:11:23 UK

Fast bowler James Anderson believes that England have the potential to surprise their critics at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

England head Down Under for a tri-series warm-up with Australian and India on the back of a poor run of form in the 50-over game and having decided to axe captain Alastair Cook in favour of Eoin Morgan.

We know we’ve got a huge amount of talent in our team and we can certainly challenge the best teams around.

James Anderson

However, Anderson has belief that his side can be contenders for glory and challenge to lift the World Cup for the first time, with coach Peter Moores having pledged an attacking approach.

He told the official ECB website: “We honestly think we’ve got a good chance. We know we’ve got a huge amount of talent in our team and we can certainly challenge the best teams around.

“I think once we get to the World Cup it’s all about getting some momentum going. If you can get on a run, you can get to the quarter-finals and you’re just two good performances away from getting to the final.

“That’s the way we’re looking at it and hopefully we can surprise a few people.”

England can be backed at 11.00 to win the World Cup, with co-hosts New Zealand 8.00 and holders India 6.00.

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler also expects England to cause a shock or two at the tournament, telling the Lancashire Telegraph: “Nobody will really give us a chance in this World Cup and our recent results do not suggest we are playing well enough to mount a challenge.

“However, the conditions should suit us and we know that if we can click and get on a run you never know.”

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