England’s Chances Of World T20 Glory Are Slim At Best
As the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh moves ever closer, all eyes will be on the England cricket team after their recent and continuing troubles. With the sides all playing warm-up games prior to the competition beginning in Bangladesh, England were forced to play theirs against the West Indies. Who have just beaten them 2-1 in the series taking place in their opponents back yard.
England posted a decent total of 131 runs, losing seven wickets in the process. With one of the highlights being Eoin Morgan’s six of the bowling of Marlon Samuels in the 16th over.
Gayle stamps his authority over England’s bowlers
But the total was never going to trouble the West Indies, who have the bullish and aggressive Chris Gayle opening their innings. As it turned out the total was no where near enough, and the West Indies won the game with the best part of four overs to spare. Definitely not how England cricket team wanted their preparations for the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh to begin.
Gayle ended up posting 58 for his side, reinforcing his position as one of the world’s finest one-day opening batters. Morgan was England’s top scorer after he scored 43 not out, but his single six was trumped by the six sixes the West Indies had managed against the English bowling attempt.
Fear of losing places
The twenty over version of international cricket is fast paced, where every ball counts. Usually, it is the team hitting the greater number of fours who eventually come out on top. This will be the case during the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh. However, the England cricket team had not hit as many boundaries as the West Indies, and the reason is that no batter in the English lineup is really bold enough to take on bowlers of the opposing teams.
Part of the reason players are so hesitant to compromise their own wickets in order to be aggressive is down to the players not feeling safe in the team. Players come in and out, and the lack of consistency leaves everyone with too much pressure. And it is the pressure that is stopping these batters from showing what they can really do. But this is something that has plagued the side for a long-time, and why players like Kevin Pietersen were so heavily relied on during tournaments like the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.