Can England win the T20 Cricket World cup?

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The omission of Ian Bell was not the only shock of the Test squad picked for the South Africa tour. Adil Rashid, despite his promising tour of the UAE, has been dropped so that he can play in the Big Bash in Australia to concentrate on his white ball skills.

It marks a change in strategy from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), with a greater focus on the limited form of the game.

England's director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss, has spoken about this and the England selectors have backed up these claims, by leaving out Rashid with an eye on the T20 world cup in India next year.

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It has led to the question: can Eoin Morgan’s men triumph in India? 

This is a competition that England have won in the past, triumphing in 2010 and with an exuberant and talented team forming there is no reason they can’t again, especially in the T20 format, as one piece of individual skill can be the difference.

Reasons to be positive

The opening T20 win, clinching the one-day series and the return to form of Jos Buttler - the batting talisman for the T20 team - means things are heading in the right direction come 2016.

The relative amount of success from the three spinners that England took on the tour to the UAE, Moeen Ali, Samit Patel and Rashid all impressed at times, the latter two also with the bat, meaning England can put out a side that is suited to the Indian conditions.

India, the favourites for the title, usually play a number of spinners and England now have that available to them. Perhaps it could be said that the England trio is better with the bat than the likely Indian three of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.

Alex Hales and Jason Roy - who recently completed his maiden ODI ton in sub-continent conditions -  look like good openers and Morgan is growing into his captaincy role. Joe Root is the number one Test batsmen in the world and his T20 form is constantly improving.

Indian experience

But despite these good signs, there is one crucial factor preventing England’s potential victory in India - the IPL factor.

Many of the current players have little to no experience of playing in India. With all the star players of other nations representing franchises in which they are the focal point, this may prove the difference.

India is so different to any other place to play cricket, the fans are loud and wild, mix that with the drama that T20 brings, surely you would want your key men to have played for a number of years in those surroundings?

Therefore, should Kevin Pietersen return, with his experience? That is a question for another day.

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