Eoin Morgan, the England captain, has said that the team have the “ability and confidence” to win the Champions Trophy on home soil this summer.
England have never won an ICC 50-over tournament but have been playing far better since the disappointment of the 2015 World Cup. They will begin their build-up towards the tournament on Friday when they play Ireland in the first of two one-day internationals.
Morgan has said that he is looking forward to what he thinks could be a great summer for England’s limited over squad. Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ he said, “I am extremely proud of the team, where we have come from in the last two years, and the confidence we have built. We have tried to build a culture around the team that allows guys to go out and express themselves, play with a no-fear aspect to the game.”
He said that they were a long way behind the best of the eight-ball squads but that they have been improving hugely and are now “really looking forward” to the Champions Trophy in June.
He said that it will be a good gauge to see how the side is progressing but that “The goal is always to win, and I certainly think we have the ability and the confidence in the side to win that tournament. We have done some fantastic things against some very good sides.”
England players are also beginning to make an impression in the Indian Premier League. Ben Stokes made a fantastic match-winning century for Rising Pune Supergiant earlier in the week.
Morgan thinks this extra experience in the IPL will benefit the team at the next World Cup and he thinks that while they were “behind trends in the past” that they are now “about level par.”