Alec Stewart backs England to finish season with a clean sweep over India

London: Former England captain Alec Stewart reckons that after the Test series whitewash and the one-off Twenty20 victory against India, the England team will be looking to show that they are also making good progress in the 50-over game.

Stewart wrote in an article for a daily that having never won the World Cup, it is something England must put right, and the foundations are already being put in place for the 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

“Captain Alastair Cook is fully aware that if this group of players want to be bracketed alongside the truly great West Indian and Australian teams of recent times then they must become more consistent in ODIs – and learn what it takes to win in all conditions,” Stewart wrote.

“I like the look and balance of the squad which has both experience and youth,” he added.

The 48-year-old further backed England to beat India in the five-match ODI series despite the 50-over World Cup champions being the favourites.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if England finish off the season with a clean sweep in all forms of the game and add this trophy to the growing collection,” Stewart wrote.


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