The England cricket team faced a challenging journey as they prepared for the ODI World Cup warm-up match against India in Guwahati. Jonny Bairstow, the team’s wicket-keeper batter, took to Instagram to share an update on their travel experience, which lasted over 38 hours. Bairstow posted a picture of an England player in the economy class of a flight, illustrating the difficulties they had to endure. The players in the photo appeared exhausted from the long flight, surrounded by fellow passengers.
Bairstow captioned the post as “utter chaos” and expressed that it was the “last leg incoming” of their journey, acknowledging that it had been quite a trip. He humorously added “38 hours and counting…” with a laughing emoji.
According to an ANI report, both the England and Indian players have arrived in Guwahati. Some players from the England team, including all-rounder Moeen Ali, spinner Adil Rashid, batter Joe Root, and certain coaching/support staff members, were seen heading towards the team bus.
Before the ODI World Cup commences, England has two warm-up matches scheduled. After the match against India, they will face the Netherlands on October 3 in Thiruvananthapuram for their second warm-up match. The second warm-up game for England will be against Bangladesh in Guwahati on October 2.
India will start their World Cup campaign against Australia in Chennai on October 8. In contrast, England will begin their title defense against New Zealand on October 5 at Ahmedabad, in a rematch of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final.
The England squad for the World Cup includes Jos Buttler (c), 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)