England and Wales Cricket Board’s new managing directors, Ashley Giles has backed his country to secure a double triumph at their backyard in 2019 by winning the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Ashes. Meanwhile, Giles picked up the responsibility last month after Andrew Strauss stepped down from the role.
In one-day international (ODI) cricket Eoin Morgan’s side are currently top of the ICC rankings and will start as one of the favourites to win the World Cup in May and July. Joe Root’s team has also climbed to second in the ICC Test rankings after their recent success in the longer format of the game.
Giles believes that playing at home presents the best opportunity of winning the World Cup and regaining the Ashes from Australia. He also feels that the team is in the best condition to win this World Cup.
“I believe we can win the World Cup and the Ashes. This year creates probably the best opportunity for a long time,” Ashley Giles said to BBC.
“I think with World Cups we found ourselves, in the past, suddenly running into a bit of a meltdown or change – that’s not the case this time around,” he added.
Before the huge summer of cricket, England will head to the Caribbean Island this week for the tour of the West Indies. Both teams will engage themselves in three Tests, five ODIs and three Twenty20 matches in that tour.