England begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday morning in front of a sell-out crowd at Melbourne after losing to the co-hosts in the final of the Tr-Series.
Skipper Eoin Morgan has rejected concerns about his form despite scoring two runs in his last four innings, saying “I’ve had a couple of low scores but I’ll look to cash in on Saturday if I manage to get past 10-20 balls.”
And former England captain Vaughan says Morgan???s positivity is typical of the optimism he???s heard emanating from the squad in recent weeks.
“I’ve been amazed with the way that England have spoken for a month – I have to be honest,” said Vaughan.
“They’ve played Australia three times and the Australians have beaten them quite comfortably; at times they haven’t broken sweat.
“But the way that England have been coming out and talking, they’ve almost convinced me that they are going to go out ad win the World Cup.
“Whether they do or not, we???ll see; sometimes you have to convince some of us out there that you can do better than others think you can.
“England have spoken well – now it’s time to get out there and play. It’s time for the talking to stop.”
Co-hosts New Zealand open the tournament against Sri Lanka and Vaughan believes the Black Caps could go all the way, not least because in Brendon McCullum they have ‘the best captain in one-day cricket’.
“Generally when New Zealand have arrived at World Cups they’ve had street-smart cricketers ??? they’ve had two or three world beaters but they haven???t had a set of talent,” he reflected.
“I look at this New Zealand lien-up, right down from one to 15, and I think they’ve got strength in depth, they’ve got power with the bat, they’ve got mixed options with left-arm and right-arm quick bowlers.
“In Brendon McCullum I think they’ve got the best captain in one-day cricket. I think he gets it – I think he moves the game quickly.
“Can New Zealand cope with the pressure? So far, from what I’ve seen, he’s a cool cookie. He can deal with that; and they’ve got all their games at home up until the final.”