England

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Kevin Pietersen

England’s track record in the early editions of the World Cup is markedly better than in recent years, although supporters will point to success at the World Twenty20 last year as proof of their resurgence in the limited-overs arena. Indeed, defeat in Australia in the lead-up to this tournament broke a run of five successive one-day series wins. England are blessed with strokemakers, around whom the ever-reliable Jonathan Trott will be asked to perform the anchor role. In Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy, they possess a pair of spinners with contrasting yet equally valuable attributes, while the seamers - led by the increasingly impressive James Anderson - have a weaponry of one-day tricks that will be essential on some of the world’s most unforgiving pitches.

Squad: Andrew Strauss, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior (wicketkeeper), Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Eoin Morgan, Chris Tremlett, Jade Dernbach.

Captain: Andrew Strauss
Coach: Andy Flower

Key Man: Kevin Pietersen
Still the wicket the opposition prize most, regardless of the fact he was dropped from the England one-day side last summer. Pietersen's penchant for the grandest stage is oft-repeated but no less true. Savage through the off side, disdainful off his legs and a mighty hitter down the ground, it remains to be seen what impact opening the batting has on his aggressive tendencies. He was man of the tournament in England’s triumphant World Twenty20 campaign. What price a repeat?

World Cup Record
1975: Semi-final
1979: Runners-up
1983: Semi-final
1987: Runners-up
1992: Runners-up
1996: Quarter-final
1999: 1st round
2003: 1st round
2007: Super Eights

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