5 Reasons Why England Can Win The T20 World Cup
England managed to chase down a mammoth 222 with 5 balls to spare in the third and final T20 International against South Africa on Sunday, even with a slight blip in the middle when Dawid Malan was struggling to get the ball away after being drafted in at 4 ahead of Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes.
The foundations of the run-chase were put in place by Jos Buttler’s 57 from 40 balls and Jonny Bairstow’s 64 from 49, and was England ‘s second highest run-chase in the format. Morgan’s blistering 57 from 33 balls saw them over the line.
England have just six T20 matches before the World Cup kicks off in Australia later this year and they have as good as chance of anyone to lift the trophy, and here’s why.
1. The Top 3
Jos Buttler opening the batting for England in T20 Internationals has become a bit of a talking point in recent weeks, a talking point that captain Eoin Morgan nipped in the bud very quickly and compared Buttler to the likes of AB de Villiers and said he wanted teams to fear our top 3. We all know how destructive Jason Roy can be and Jonny Bairstow looked to be timing the ball better than ever. There is no bowler in the world who would honestly like to bowl at them.
2. The Captain
Eoin Morgan is not only one of England’s best batsman when he’s in form, he’s also the calmest man on the pitch in any situation. The way he finished the game on Sunday was truly incredible, however looking at him you would have thought England needed less than a run-a-ball. In the field you will see him talking to his bowlers virtually every ball, constructing clear plans, and trying to apply them. He is only one of two of England’s players in the ICC T20 Batting Rankings.
Head coach Chris Silverwood declared that England were playing what they thought was their best team in the series against South Africa. They shoehorned Dawid Malan into the top 4 for the final game that very nearly backfired. England’s top 5 of Roy, Buttler, Bairstow, Morgan and Ben Stokes is the best in the world and probably doesn’t need to be messed with. It’s the number 6 spot that needs filling. With Stokes fulfilling an all-rounder role at 5, England can play a proper batsman at 6. Joe Denly started there until falling ill in the final game which saw Malan come into the team. Tom Banton, Ollie Pope, Phil Salt, Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone could easily fill that spot. On the bowling front, Jofra Archer is an obvious one who, when fit, may come back into the team. Whether that’s a straight swap for Mark Wood, nobody knows. Having Moeen Ali back in the team helps the balance and Adil Rashid looks fitter than he ever has done.
4. Other T20 Leagues
When asked about the Big Bash and IPL at the weekend, Eoin Morgan mentioned that every England player who plays is given the task of being the MVP (Most Valued Player) in their team. He wants them to make a difference and be the difference. T20 cricket is very unpredictable, so with every player looking to make the biggest impact on the game it can only bode well for when they are put in pressure situations.
5. Because they won the 50-over World Cup
The final at Lords in July could not have been closer. Any game that goes to a super-over can’t be closer. The fact that England got through that, and another since against New Zealand recently, stands them in good stead. Yes they had some luck, lots of luck in fact, but that is what you need to be a good white ball team and having come through what they did last summer can only be a could thing.