SQUAD: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey
PREVIEW: A rather strong team has been named for England with mixtures of world class and inexperienced players being named.
The batting side of their squad has some hitters lead by Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Sokes, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, with their fans hoping for most, if not all of them to perform when it matters. Perhaps the most important batsmen will be their skipper in Eoin Morgan. He has a knack of scoring quickly with his quality stroke hitting and if he can stand up and make plenty runs, that goes a long way for England making it far into this tournament.
The bowling group is rather inexperienced with players like Chris Jordan, Chris Topley, David Willey, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali to take over the bowling attack throughout the tournament. They all need to keep the overs tight and make sure they are on the mark or else, the batsmen will punish them. The important bowler in their team will be Adil Rashid. A world class spinner who demonstrated his quality spinning and variations in the Australia T20 Big Bash competition last season, calming the most wickets. With the tournament happening in India, with sub-continent pitches majorly suiting spinners, it will give Rashid a bigger advantageto do his work which is scary for batsmen. There is no doubt that his spin will be valuable to this team and could be the difference between winning and losing.
England have star power in their batting and bowling but they have been inconsistent when it comes to any major tournaments so the team needs to put those inconsistencies away and perform when the game is on the line.
The Unsportsman – Group Stage
The Sportsman – Group Stage