The England cricket team faced a challenging journey as they traveled to Guwahati for their ODI World Cup warm-up match against India. Jonny Bairstow, the team’s wicket-keeper batter, shared an update on their journey through Instagram, revealing that it lasted for over 38 hours. Bairstow posted a picture of an England player in the economy class of a flight, illustrating the difficulties they encountered. In the photo, the players appeared exhausted from the long flight and were surrounded by other passengers.
Bairstow captioned the post with “utter chaos” and added “last leg incoming… been some trip”. He humorously mentioned that it had been “38 hours and counting…” along with a laughing emoji.
Both the England and Indian players have now arrived in Guwahati, according to an ANI report. The England team’s all-rounder Moeen Ali, spinner Adil Rashid, batter Joe Root, and some members of the coaching and support staff were spotted making their way to the team bus.
Before the ODI World Cup commences, England has two warm-up matches scheduled. After facing India, they will play against the Netherlands on October 3 in Thiruvananthapuram for their second warm-up match. Their final warm-up game will be against Bangladesh in Guwahati on October 2.
India will begin their World Cup campaign against Australia in Chennai on October 8. On the other hand, England will defend their title against New Zealand on October 5 in Ahmedabad, a rematch of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final.
The England squad for the World Cup includes Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes.
(With ANI inputs)