Former England captain and current assistant coach, Paul Collingwood opined that other teams will be wary of Eoin Morgan’s side going into the T20 World Cup scheduled later this year in India.
Amongst all the participants for the mega-event, the 2019 World Cup champions have emerged as clear favourites for the 2021 T20 World Cup as well; the fact that their current major concern seems to be the strike rate of the Dawid Malan, the number 1 ICC T20I batsman, indicates much about England’s preparedness for the tournament.
Paul Collingwood reckons England’s form in white-ball cricket, T20 in this instance is dangerous for other contenders – they are unbeaten in their last 8 T20I series. The ongoing series against India, another favourite for the home World Cup, is locked at 2-2 with the decider to be played on Saturday – the winner of this series will gain immense confidence for the marquee event.
“Going into this World Cup I think we will be feared by a lot of teams because of our white-ball form for the past four years. We’ve got a lot of match winners from one to 11, who can win games from their own bat,” Paul Collingwood told British media on Friday.
I think this team is better prepared than the 2010 World Cup-winning team: Paul Collingwood
Praising Eoin Morgan’s outfit, the 44-year-old also goes on to say that the current England side is better constructed and has a more plausible shot at the title than his own team had in their2010 T20 World Cup title-winning campaign.
“Totally different teams from 2010 to now, but I don’t think we could be in a better place. The team in 2010 was a team that came together right at the last moment, and we took a few risks, gambles on selection. We knew what kind of cricket we wanted to play but it hadn’t been drilled into us over a long period of time, like this team has. I think this team is better prepared,” the former skipper added.