Hockey World Cup 2018: England vs China - 5 talking points
- The Chinese will be happy with their performance in their first World Cup match!
#4 England miss Sam Ward
Sam Ward was ruled out of the Odisha World Cup at the eleventh hour after suffering an injury during training, and the prolific striker's presence is being sorely missed by the English camp.
Ward who has been a livewire for the English over the years is lethal with his drag-flicks but relishes scoring goals from open play as well.
As a matter of fact, Ward scored a brace against World Champions Australia on debut in the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar and has been a key member of the England squad ever since.
At the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Ward scored a PC brace to sink the Indians in the bronze-medal match after he had helped his side beat the Welsh with a hat-trick in the pool stages.
Ward ended up as the highest scorer at Gold Coast with 9 goals and was expected to be a key man for the English. Although Ward's replacement Liam Ansell added his name to the scoresheet against China, Danny Kerry's side seemed handicapped without the Holcombe striker.Published 01 Dec 2018, 07:28 IST