EMERGING HERO: Since the youngest member in the rest of the squad is 27 and they have an average age of above 31 the only possible contender would seem to be the big biffer from Preston, Andrew Flintoff. His fellow Lancastrian, Ian Austin, also keeps being mentioned as one who could have a profound effect on England's chances. However, a sneaking suspicion suggests that Vince Wells has the quality and depth of county experience to surprise a few.
ACHILLES' HEEL: Less a heel, more an array of dodgy backs, hamstrings and knees.
HISTORICAL POINT: The first century scored for England in their first match in the first World Cup also remains their highest. Dennis Amiss's innings of 137 came out of a total 334 for 4 as England beat India by 202 runs on 7 June 1975.
SILLY POINT: England might have considered playing Sri Lanka at Taunton instead of Lord's. There, they scored their second highest Cup total (333 for 9), scored one of their five centuries (David Gower's 130) and took their only five wicket haul (Vic Marks's 5 for 39). They also won by 47 runs - against Sri Lanka.
RECORD: 1975 semi-final; 1979 runners-up; 1983 semi-final; 1987 runners- up; 1992 runners-up; 1996 quarter-final
SQUAD: A J Stewart (capt), I D Austin, R D B Croft, M A Ealham, A Flintoff, N H Fairbrother, A R C Fraser, D Gough, G A Hick, A J Hollioake, N Hussain, N V Knight, A D Mullally, G P Thorpe, V J Wells.
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