Bayliss backs England to step up

30 January 2018 22:40:08 GMTPlus11

England head coach Trevor Bayliss is keen to see how his in-form side react to being much fancied to win the World Cup on home soil in 2019.

Despite some issues in Test cricket, the Three Lions have become a serious force on the one-day international stage, recently securing a 4-1 series victory over hosts Australia.

We should be one of the favourites.

Trevor Bayliss

And Bayliss hopes to see that sort of form carried on over the next year or so to ensure that England give themselves the best chance possible of finally winning the 50-over World Cup.

He told reporters: "The way we have been playing one-day cricket over the last few years and the way we continue to play - and obviously with the World Cup at home - we should be one of the favourites.

"Only time will tell how we handle that, but if we go into all of the series between now and that World Cup thinking we are favourites, then that will be good practice for us and we will see how the players react."

England have reached the World Cup final on three occasions, in 1979, 1987 and 1992, but have yet to lift the trophy.

They suffered something of a nightmare at the 2015 tournament, failing to make it out of the group stage as they registered two win from six games - those coming against Afghanistan and Scotland.

Comprehensive defeats were suffered at the hands of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, before a 15-run loss to Bangladesh ended any hope of progressing to the knockout stages.

England are available at 4.50 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, with holders Australia priced at 4.33 and South Africa 6.00.

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