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'We have a great chance of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019' – Liam Plunkett

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England fast bowler Liam Plunkett said England are confident about their chances at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on home soil.

Although they have featured in three ICC Cricket World Cup finals, England have never gone on to win the title. However, the team is confident of setting that record straight in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in home conditions.

Since their first round exit in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, England have made tremendous improvements in the 50-over format, and are currently ranked No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings.

Fiery batsmen and skillful bowlers have combined to play a crucial role in this remarkable resurgence. Plunkett has been an important part of the England side through their rise, and he has high hopes for the campaign next year. With age catching up, he wants to put in the hard yards for what could be his final shot at the prized silverware.

"I'm 33, is this the last one? You want to put everything into it. I'm so excited. We fell short in the Champions Trophy last year but we've got better at playing around the world in different conditions and that will keep us in good stead for the World Cup," Plunkett told Cricbuzz in an interview.

"We feel like we have a great chance of winning it. I don't think we've had a better chance."

In the last three years, Plunkett has taken 69 wickets from 39 one-day internationals at a fantastic average of 26.11. Variations have been key to his excellent form.

"If I am hitting that line and length at a heavy pace, I'm hard to hit, but batters can get used to that," Plunkett explained. "I like to have a ball that goes away from the right-hander like a leg-cutter, a ball that goes away from the left-hander, which will be an off-cutter, and then something out of the front or the back of the hand so that it's harder to hit over your head.

"Then you've got your yorker and bouncer. When you say yorker, you've got a wide yorker, leg-stump yorker, round the wicket so there's loads of different variations. But it's just about making sure you can do that skill under pressure."

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