England quick bowler Chris Jordan reckons the English side has a good all-round squad and backs itself to go into the deeper stages of the tournament. England is one of the favorites to win the T20 World Cup trophy alongside India and the West Indies.
They are the top-ranked T20I side and have improved since the loss in the 2016 T20 World Cup. With more experienced players in the side, the team has been coming out trumps in clutch situations and has handled pressure much better than anyone else.
“The team was on autopilot. In any situation, you saw the game slow down a little bit and everyone came up with an informed and correct decision. For this team, having been together for so long, the chemistry is there, the talent is there. All the ingredients are there for us to make a decent run in this campaign,” Jordan said.
“We tend to laugh about it now” – Chris Jordan on 2016 T20 World Cup loss
In the previous edition of the T20 World Cup, West Indies and England battled it out in the final. West Indies needed 19 runs off the last over bowled by Ben Stokes. Jordan said he felt the game was over but a final twist in the tale was yet to come. Brathwaite managed to hit four sixes in a row to seal the trophy for the Windies.
“I’ll never take myself to that place again. I definitely won’t be thinking that way after bowling the 19th over until it’s fully, fully over. We tend to laugh about it now, but we definitely came out stronger for it as a unit. I wouldn’t say it haunted us too much. Someone has to come up victorious and for something like that to be done in the last over, you can’t write that,” Jordan further added.
England is clubbed alongside Australia, West Indies, South Africa, and two other qualifiers from the Group stage. It has been termed as the virtual group of death and only two teams will make it to the semifinals.