England begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign on the March 16, taking on the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Whilst they aren’t considered the favourites, it would be foolish to rule out Eoin Morgan’s men - even after their thrashing in South Africa.
England have a team more than capable of winning the tournament, and will be hoping to emulate the side of 2010.
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Why can they succeed?
Firstly, their batting line-up is as explosive as any in world cricket.
The leader of the pack is Jos Buttler, arguably the most destructive batsman in cricket’s shortest form whose surname isn’t de Villiers.
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Capable of turning an innings in a matter of balls, Buttler provides the fireworks any Twenty20 side needs.
However, he is not alone. Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jason Roy - to name a few - are all powerful batsmen in their own right and can score a lot of runs, quickly.
England also bat deep, allowing for their specialist batsmen to play with freedom. The team England fielded in the final Twenty20 match against South Africa had Moeen Ali at number eight, a player who has opened the batting in Test cricket. He was followed by Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid, neither of whom are slouches with willow in hand.
Although they may have flattered to deceive in the two matches in South Africa, England’s batting line-up have nothing to fear in India. If Buttler and co. get going, scores of 220+ is well within their reach.
What problems do they face?
England’s bowling attack, although competent, still leaves much to be desired.
Chris Jordan’s struggles are well documented, and the bowlers as a unit struggled in South Africa.
The main issue arises when England fail to take early wickets, as neither Jordan, David Willey nor Reece Topley can claim to be strike bowlers. Once batsmen settle into a rhythm it becomes hard to dislodge them, unless leg-spinner Rashid bowls particularly well.
Fielding has also become a point of contention, coach Trevor Bayliss citing poor standards as one of the reasons for England’s recent losses.
Although capable of the sublime at times, England have begun dropping catches at key points in matches.
Nonetheless, England are certainly in with a chance in India, and have every right to believe they can take home the trophy on April 3.
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