England can complete World Cup and Ashes double in 2019, says Chris Tremlett
England can complete a historic double this year by winning both the Cricket World Cup and Ashes on home soil, according to Chris Tremlett.
The World Cup comes to England this summer and the home nation are favourites to lift the trophy for the first time.
England crashed out of the last World Cup in the group stage but have won 41 of their last 54 games since that tournament, developing into the most feared team in the world.
And Tremlett, who made 28 appearances for England and starred in the 2010-11 Ashes triumph in Australia, sees no reason why Eoin Morgans side cannot win the 2019 World Cup.
Over the last two years Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss have created an experienced, well-oiled team full of match-winners. I dont think theyll be fazed by their billing, he told City AM.
When you look at it in a positive way, they are the team to beat and will have home conditions and a home crowd behind them.
Knock-out tournaments can of course throw up shocks, but it really feels like England have spent the past few years developing a game-plan and gearing up towards the World Cup.
They are favourites for a good reason and that tag is an accolade, not something to be weighed down by.
Following the World Cup, England turn their attentions to Test cricket and an Ashes series. Joe Roots team lost possession of the urn last winter, with Australia running out 4-0 winners.
But Australia have since been rocked by the ball-tampering scandal and Tremlett says England can take advantage of the fragile tourists by reclaiming the urn.
Australia are in a fragile state with the fallout of the ball tampering scandal continuing, Tremlett added.
But in English conditions with the Dukes ball and the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, they have the bowlers who can trouble top order batsmen.
If Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns can cement their opening partnership over the coming months it will go a long way to preparing themselves for the tilt at regaining the Ashes.
Englands winter schedule continues later this month with a trip to the Caribbean to face West Indies in a Test and ODI series.
Before Christmas, Trevor Bayliss side clinched a historic 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka to move back up to second in the ICC Test rankings.