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Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 02:20 pm

The England Cricket Team is coming to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as the defending champions. They are one of the favorites amongst experts to reach the finals this time around too.

The England cricket team is looking very strong with their depth in both the departments. Ben Stokes, the man of the match in the 2019 World Cup final came back from his retirement to play the World Cup and he announced his return with a bang.

England has a really strong squad and they are one of the favorites to win the World Cup. Jos Buttler, who led his side to victory in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 has now his eyes set on the biggest prize of the sport i.e. the ICC Cricket World Cup. England has prepared itself for any challenges that come on their road to glory in this World Cup.

The England Cricket team has also assigned a sidearm specialist to boost up their preparations for the World Cup. This will reduce the burden on their coach and will help their batters prepare for a variety of challenges that they will face in the upcoming seven weeks in India.

England Cricket Appoints Saurabh Ambatkar As A Sidearm Specialist

Saurabh Ambatkar, who played age-group cricket for both Mumbai and Vidarbha has joined the England Cricket squad as a sidearm specialist. He has added to the advantage of the England side given that he is a left-armer. He will provide a variety to the side’s preparation given that Matthew Mott and his assistants throw from their right arm.

Saurabh Ambatkar has been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and also for Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in UAE’s International League T20. He has also worked alongside Wayne Bentley who is the England team’s manager.

England batters have always struggled against left-arm seamers and they will come up against a good bunch of them in this World Cup. Trent Boult, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Mitchell Starc are some of the names.

In the 2019 World Cup, England lost 20 of their Wickets to left-arm seamers, the most by any side. In their league match against Australia in Lords, England lost nine wickets to the pair of Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc and ended up losing the match.

Ambatkar will help the England Cricket side prepare for the left-arm threat that they will face in this World Cup. England will play the opening match against New Zealand on 5th October at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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