On Friday, England’s captain Jos Buttler said that his country had entered a new era and warned that his “dangerous” team was “extremely poised” to make a run at the Twenty20 World Cup championship.
On Saturday, England will open its tournament schedule against Afghanistan in Perth. Along with host and defending champion Australia, England is a favorite to win the competition.
Buttler took over as England’s white-ball captain in June, succeeding Eoin Morgan, and led his team to victories in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Australia (2-0) and Pakistan (1-0) in the run-up to the World Cup.
“This is a great time for us. “Over the course of the last ten matches, we’ve had some very excellent games and played some really terrific cricket,” the wicketkeeper-batter remarked, striking an upbeat tone in his statement.
On the eve of the competition, we find ourselves in an excellent position to compete. Buttler, who is 32 years old, questioned the idea that England should be considered the favorite to win the trophy despite their menacing form, which includes a series victory in Pakistan.
“Not even close, to tell you the truth. He stated, “I think we are a dangerous team; we have got a lot of good players who can win games on their own and that’s a significant thing in T20 cricket.” “I think we are a dangerous team; we have got a lot of talented players who can win games on their own.”
If you were forced to pick only one team as your favorite, it would have to be Australia since they are the current champions and play in their home conditions.
Due to an ankle injury, England’s fast bowler Reece Topley had to be replaced by Tymal Mills, who helped England win the Twenty20 World Championship in 2010.
Buttler, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, and Moeen Ali are the other members of the batting lineup that Buttler leads. David Willey and Sam Curran both appear to be in fine form when it comes to bowling.Buttler said, “I emphasized it to the players a lot,” but this is very much a new period for the English white-ball squad. “This is very much a new era for the English white-ball team,”
“A good number of them had played in previous eras, but at this point, it is primarily about looking forward for this bunch. It is important not to waste too much effort staring in the rearview mirror. I believe it’s incredibly important to be the kind of team that looks ahead and talks a lot about the future, and the first step in doing that is talking about tomorrow.
Buttler referred to the shortest format of cricket as “ruthless” after England’s loss to New Zealand in the semifinals of the competition that took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the year before. This resulted in England’s elimination from the competition.
Buttler, when asked what they had taken away from their experience at the World Cup the previous year, stated, “Only simply how harsh the format is and how much importance there is on every single game.”
This time around, England’s opening match is against Afghanistan, and the team also competes in a group alongside defending champion Australia and last year’s runner-up New Zealand.
The reigning champion of Asia, Sri Lanka, is also still in the competition after advancing past the first round. In the Super 12 stage, this group is the more difficult of the two groups.
“South Africa did not go through from our group despite winning four out of five games (last year),” added Buttler, “so it’s a really challenging format.”
“We are aware of how intensely competitive it is, and we are prepared to deal with it.”