Vibrant England give cause for Twenty20 optimism

England made a slow start to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, mainly because of the weather in Guyana, but I believe they have played their best one-day cricket in a major international tournament since reaching the World Cup final in 1992. I am sure if they continue to play as well as they have, we can look forward to them competing in the final at Barbados on Sunday.

Neil Fairbrother, ISM's Cricket Director

It is an exciting time for all England cricket fans as they look forward to Thursday’s semi-final against Sri Lanka in St Lucia. England made a slow start to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, mainly because of the weather in Guyana, but I believe they have played their best one-day cricket in a major international tournament since reaching the World Cup final in 1992. I am sure if they continue to play as well as they have, we can look forward to them competing in the final at Barbados on Sunday.

The batting has laid the platform for most of their wins in the tournament with the positive intent running right through the batting order. The tone has been set by England’s adventurous opening pair of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb and although neither has made a big score in any of the matches, they have ensured flying starts most of the time. If your team is going at 10 an over for the first four or five overs, that gives a massive boost to the guys lower down the order because it takes the pressure off them. I am sure Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan have played as freely as they have done because of that.

It has been good to see KP back in touch after his difficult run earlier this year. The IPL has clearly helped in that and congratulations to him for becoming a Dad for the first time. KP will always attract the headlines, but Morgan has rightly caught the eye once again with the way he has played. He has an outrageous array of shots which enable him to literally hit boundaries all around the wicket.

Of course to win tournaments, you have to have all parts of your game in good shape and the bowling has looked particularly sharp. Both spinners have done a great job, while Tim Bresnan looks to have finally come of age as an international cricketer. The other two main pace bowlers have used variety of pace and line very well so far. The team is also looking fit and as good as any other team in the tournament in the field – it has been very exciting to watch this England team go about their business. The selectors also appear to have been inspired with their choices, even in leaving out their best and most experienced bowler out – Jimmy Anderson – does not appear to have backfired.

England now face one of the most dangerous one-day outfits in world cricket in Sri Lanka and in an ideal world I am sure they would have preferred to have faced them on the bouncier wicket in Barbados. There is no doubt that surface suits England better, but if they keep playing the exciting brand of cricket they have done so far, I am sure they can look forward to a mouth-watering final on Sunday against Australia, who I expect to beat Pakistan in the other semi-final.

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