The reigning champions and world number 1 team, England are the team to beat. Since England won the last competition they have lost both the captain and man of the tournament. The loss of both Pietersen and Collingwood may play a bigger impact as the competition progresses, as they were the two most experienced players in the team.
The new skipper is Stuart Broad, not a person who you could call a natural captain. Broad in the past has been accused of loosing his head when facing adversity, this was clear especially in the first world T20 when he just laid the ball on a plate for Yuvraj to hit 6 after 6. He is a new captain and will be wanting to impose his style onto the team, he is a little lucky that his team is talented.
The balance of the squad look good, having a player for most scenarios. Steven Finn will now head the bowling attack, something he will relish. It is his big chance to show his quality, especially in the absence of Anderson. There are plenty of good allrounders in the squad, Patel, Bopara, Wright, Bresnan and Broad all of whom can be match winners at this level.
Eoin Morgan is seen as the best batsman, he is coming off the back of what has been a pretty bad year for his standards. His mate Bopara will be aiming for a change of form with the bat after a disastrous series with the bat.
Young player(s) to watch:
- Jos Buttler – Powerful batsman who has excelled in T20 cricket. He has champions league experience with Somerset. Every time I have seen him play he is trying out new shots, likes to play the Dil Scope over his head. Buttler is unlikely to play unless another batter is injured or off form, his main rival Bairstow has excelled this season and is ahead in the pecking order.
- Hales – It will be interesting to see England play Hales over Lumb. If he is selected as opener he can show his aggressive play, an ability to score quickly.
England are a dangerous team, and on their day can beat any other team.The youthfulness of their side should mean they are good in the field as well as fearless. But the inexperience of their side could actually cost them. It is also notable that they do not travel well to the sub continent and do not play spin well. For this reason I predict they will be get to the SUPER EIGHT STAGE.