A brand new head coach heralds a contemporary begin for England, left chastened by their failed Ashes marketing campaign through which they had been proven to be considerably lagging behind Australia. Their sole victory of the sequence, within the ultimate T20I, gave a glimmer of hope and it falls to Lisa Keightley, the Australian appointed as Mark Robinson’s successor, to show that hope into perception after which outcomes. Except for the notable retirements of star wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, Laura Marsh and, earlier than them, Danni Hazell, England have largely caught with the identical core group of gamers lately, so Keightley’s focus has been on instilling confidence inside the facet. Having said that she needs England “to bowl groups out”, anticipate to see a optimistic, clear-thinking method if Keightley’s sport plan involves fruition.
Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt, Mady Villiers (Coach: Lisa Keightley)
February 23: South Africa, WACA
February 26: Thailand, Canberra
February 28: Pakistan, Canberra
March 1: West Indies, Sydney Showground
T20 World Cup historical past
England gained the inaugural occasion in 2009, defeating New Zealand by six wickets at Lord’s. Since then they’ve completed as runners-up on three events – every time to Australia – in 2012, 2014 and 2018.
Till final yr’s Ashes, England had loved a robust run in T20Is thru 2019. They swept three-match sequence in India and Sri Lanka earlier than a house win towards West Indies in the one certainly one of their three fixtures that weren’t washed out through the English summer season. However then got here two complete defeats by the hands of Australia earlier than their comfort win within the ultimate sport. Extra just lately, they’ve had one loss and one win towards India within the tri-series which additionally included a Tremendous Over victory towards Australia in Canberra adopted by defeat to the hosts by 16 runs, a margin which proved too nice to see England by way of to the ultimate.
Heather Knight seems to be hitting some well timed type. Since main her facet to victory in England’s third and ultimate match towards Pakistan in December, she struck 67 towards India and a career-best 78 towards Australia (and the decisive runs within the Tremendous Over with consecutive fours) to be the third-highest run-scorer for the tri-series. Nat Sciver types a part of a three-pronged all-round risk, together with Katherine Brunt and Georgia Elwiss. Her huge expertise within the format, internationally and within the WBBL, ought to come in useful. Sophie Ecclestone should solely be 20 years outdated and she or he could also be a spinner in a squad which opted for a extra pace-heavy assault, however her skill to carry her nerve and switch a match – see that Tremendous Over once more – make her harmful. Fran Wilson is value waiting for her fielding alone. She took among the finest catches of 2019 throughout an ODI towards West Indies and, should you needed to choose an England participant who might have pulled it off beforehand, her identify would have been proper up there with Ben Stokes’.
What could be successful on the event?
Reaching the ultimate. Keightley, has mentioned that she and her gamers are “planning to be within the ultimate” with a tone that steered something much less wouldn’t be sufficient. As they’re seeded, England, ranked No. 2 on this planet, mustn’t meet the No.1-ranked Australians till the event decider, offered each side end on high of their respective teams. Australia being arguably within the harder group, that includes New Zealand and India, helps England however means avoiding any slip-ups within the group stage is essential to their ambitions.