Mar 16

England Will Produce Something Special at World T20, Says Former Squad Star

As the World T20 begins in India, former England star Paul Collingwood has praised England’s growth in the last twelve months – and he predicts a win for the boys in orange.

Getting Back Our Reputation

It’s less than a year since England’s unprecedented defeat in the 50-over World Cup, which left fans reeling from the cricket shop to the pitch. But that may be about change: Collingwood told the Telegraph last week that the T20 team has been turned around by Eoin Morgan’s captainship, and that England’s batsmen – particularly Jos Buttler – are a force to be reckoned with.

As the World T20 opened with a defeat of Hong Kong by Zimbabwe by 14 runs, all eyes are turning to the major players as the competition enters its second and third weeks. England will face the West Indies in their first match on the 16th, followed by South Africa on the 18th, Q1B on the 23rd and a potentially fiery clash with Sri Lanka on the 26th.

Three-times Ashes winner Collingwood commented that with a revitalised team featuring bowler Moeen Ali and all-rounder Adil Rashid, England has an optimistic outlook. Yorkshire lad Rashid has proven himself to be a cool cucumber under pressure – something that England need as they go into the competition.

T20 Draws the Crowds

T20 has remained under scrutiny this year, despite vocal support from players and fans alike. The ‘populist’ form of the game has the ability to potentially shake up the sport for the better, creating a bigger spectacle and a more accessible form of cricket. For India, where cricket attendance is higher than for any other sport, bringing the country’s first World T20 to the international stage is sure to ignite excitement and prove beneficial for businesses, from private coaches to the humble cricket shop.

England certainly have a lot to prove after the events of last year. But if the boys can keep their cool and play to the talents of their team, they may be able to claw back their reputation.

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