England vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett credits IPL for hosts' ability to handle pressure better

As England gear up to face defending champions Australia in a high-voltage World Cup semi-final, pacer Liam Plunkett believes that the current generation of English cricketers are better equipped to handle pressure, courtesy their experience of playing in IPL.

Press Trust of India, Jul 10, 2019 16:41:01 IST

Birmingham: As England gear up to face defending champions Australia in a high-voltage World Cup semi-final, pacer Liam Plunkett believes that the current generation of English cricketers are better equipped to handle pressure, courtesy their experience of playing in IPL.

England vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett credits IPL for hosts ability to handle pressure better

File image of Liam Plunkett. AP

England qualified for the semi-finals as the third placed team in the points table after a couple of losses towards the end of the league stages. They needed to win two of their last three group ties to make the knockouts.

The hosts lost to Australia before coming back strongly against India and New Zealand to make the cut.

"It's a matter of how you deal with pressure, it's not a bad thing that it's there. People can thrive on it, people step out there and enjoy those moments.

"Other people have played under pressure, they've played in IPL and competitions around the world," Plunkett was quoted as saying by the ICC.

Plunkett said the defeats endured during the group stages have made the team stronger.

"I think those defeats have made us stronger. We had a few bad games and went away from our style of cricket, but I feel like we've caught that in time. We're back to playing our best brand of cricket and we can still improve.

"I feel like we had a wobble at the right time, a bit of a blip, and it had made us stronger. How we're feeling right now going into this semi-final, we'd have taken it at the start of the competition," he said on the eve of the second semi-final against Australia at Birmingham.

Plunkett admitted that playing against their Ashes rivals "get the juices flowing".

"It''s a World Cup but you've got to enjoy it and deal with it as quickly as you can. Whether that's from being involved in the first ball, it's just finding a way to deal with it and get involved in the game as quickly as possible.

"Australia is a game that gets the juices flowing. We've performed really well in the last two games. Even though we were dominant in those games, we feel like we're stepping up a gear as well. We're in a good place," he said.

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Updated Date: Jul 10, 2019 16:41:01 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 6939 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254