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Sport T20 World Cup Group 1: England eye more white-ball glory

21:50  22 october  2021
21:50  22 october  2021 Source:   skysports.com

Adam Zampa prepared for T20 World Cup by bowling to teenagers

  Adam Zampa prepared for T20 World Cup by bowling to teenagers Often mistaken for a teenager himself, Adam Zampa needed the help of local youngsters to prepare for the T20 World Cup.Zampa was effectively cut off from the rest of the Australia group and his New South Wales teammates and stuck at home in Byron Bay, having fled India just before the 2021 IPL was postponed.

Group 1 of the T20 World Cup Super 12 includes defending champions West Indies, reigning 50-over victors England and an Australia side looking to win the short-form World Cup for the first time... Australia

Result in 2016: Knocked out at Super 10 stage

Will Adil Rashid's leg-spin help England to another World Cup title, this time in the shortest form? © Associated Press Will Adil Rashid's leg-spin help England to another World Cup title, this time in the shortest form?

PAST PERFORMANCES: Having dominated the 50-over World Cup, Australia were highly fancied to shine when the shorter format launched in 2007. However, they have achieved only a single appearance in the final so far, losing to England in 2010.

England's highs and lows at the T20 World Cup

  England's highs and lows at the T20 World Cup As England prepare for their first game in the T20 World Cup against West Indies in Dubai on Saturday, Sportsmail looks back at the highs and lows in their performances in the first six tournaments. 2007 (HOSTS: SOUTH AFRICA)England had played just six games in the format before the inaugural World T20 in South Africa, losing four — and things did not improve after an easy opening victory over Zimbabwe.Paul Collingwood’s side blended the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen with Darren Maddy, Jeremy Snape and Chris Schofield, county pros who had prospered in domestic T20.

PROSPECTS: Australia's form over the last year hardly inspires confidence - they have lost their last five T20I series, including a 4-1 thrashing in Bangladesh - and it is difficult to see them doing enough in the Super 12s to secure a semi-final berth.

ONE TO WATCH: Wily all-rounder Glenn Maxwell goes into the tournament on the back of some impressive performances in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 33-year-old was prolific with the bat, particularly against spin, registering 513 runs and a strike rate of 144.

SQUAD: Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

TREVOR BAYLISS: Fearless England CAN win T20 World Cup

  TREVOR BAYLISS: Fearless England CAN win T20 World Cup TREVOR BAYLISS - WORLD CUP-WINNING ENGLAND COACH: England are used to those pressure situations and winning on the type of pitches we will see in the UAE because England won that World Cup largely on slow surfaces they hadn't really encountered over the previous four years.The team I coached had to adapt to an older, slower-style game that didn't suit the power we had seen from them and they will have to do it again now because, having been at the IPL over the last few weeks, I know these pitches will be challenging for batters.

England

Result in 2016: Runners-up, lost to West Indies in the final

PAST PERFORMANCES: England never have an average tournament - they are either nowhere, or make the final. The former category includes losses to the Netherlands in 2009 and 2014, but they overcame Australia to claim the trophy in 2010 and looked set to regain it prior to Carlos Brathwaite's final-over heroics last time out.

PROSPECTS: Only India have defeated England in a T20I series during the last three years and Eoin Morgan's experienced side, who remain at the head of the ICC rankings, will be expected to reach the semi-finals at least.

ONE TO WATCH: A string of destructive batting displays in franchise cricket propelled Liam Livingstone back into England's T20 line-up during the last year and the all-rounder's ability to take centre stage was highlighted by a blistering 42-ball century against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

England at T20 World Cup: Reasons for optimism and concern

  England at T20 World Cup: Reasons for optimism and concern As England prepare to begin their T20 World Cup campaign, we look at the reasons for optimism, as well as the issues causing a little concern… Morgan form on the floorIt is not a great sign when the captain has to talk about a willingness to drop himself if required ahead of the start of a major tournament, but, such is Morgan's form with the bat, it was inevitable that he would be asked the question.

SQUAD: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Liam Dawson, Reece Topley, James Vince

South Africa

Result in 2016: Knocked out at Super 10 stage

PAST PERFORMANCES: The Proteas have yet to appear in a final, although they have twice qualified for the last four. Graeme Smith's side won all five of their matches leading up to the 2009 semi-final, where they lost out to Pakistan by seven runs at Trent Bridge.

PROSPECTS: Although they were beaten home and away by Pakistan, South Africa got the better of West Indies during their five-match series in the Caribbean last summer. If they manage to do so again next week, a semi-final place could well be theirs.

ONE TO WATCH: Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is currently top of the ICC bowling rankings in T20 cricket and his ability to turn the ball both ways will cause plenty of headaches for batsmen. Conditions in the UAE should suit the left-armer perfectly as well.

England skittle West Indies for 55 to start with win

  England skittle West Indies for 55 to start with win England made the perfect start to their T20 World Cup campaign after bowling West Indies out for 55 to claim a six-wicket win. Adil Rashid led the way in a brilliant all-round bowling effort, taking 4-2 - the best figures by an England bowler in T20Is - while there were two wickets apiece for Moeen Ali (2-17) and Tymal Mills (2-17) as the Windies were blown away inside 15 overs.


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SQUAD: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen. Reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams

West Indies

Result in 2016: Champions, beat England in the final

PAST PERFORMANCES: Humbled in the inaugural tournament, when they went home early after losing both of their group matches, West Indies now stand tall as the only team to lift the trophy twice - in 2012 and 2016, sandwiching a 2014 semi-final defeat to Sri Lanka.

PROSPECTS: The defending champions have struggled for consistency in the short format, hammering Australia 4-1 but losing home series to South Africa and Pakistan. If they lay down an early marker against England, though, the Windies' pedigree suggests they could be in the mix again.

ONE TO WATCH: Big-hitting left-hander Evin Lewis was on the fringes of West Indies' T20 World Cup success in 2016, but he is now firmly embedded at the top of the order and starred as leading run-scorer for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in their recent Caribbean Premier League triumph. Oh yeah, and Chris Gayle is still about, too!

How secure is Malan's T20 spot?

  How secure is Malan's T20 spot? England had no issues moving Dawid Malan down the order against West Indies, so could he now slide out of the side?Further down the order Dawid Malan slid on Saturday as England looked to reach their target of 56 rapidly, with Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone and Eoin Morgan all entering ahead of him.

SQUAD: Kieron Pollard (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jnr. Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder

Bangladesh

Result in 2016: Knocked out at Super 10 stage

HOW THEY FARED IN ROUND ONE: The Tigers started with a six-run defeat to Scotland and looked in danger of elimination when Oman reached 80-2 after 11 overs in a chase of 154 for victory in game two. However, Bangladesh rallied to limit Oman to 127-9 and triumphed by 26 runs, before an 84-run victory over Papua New Guinea secured a Super 12 spot.

PAST PERFORMANCES: Bangladesh have reached round two three times before but are yet to win a game at that stage, losing all three matches in 2007 and all four fixtures in 2014 and 2016. The Tigers suffered first-round exits in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

PROSPECTS: With Shakib Al Hasan in form with bat and ball - 108 runs and nine wickets in round one - Bangladesh will hope to take a few scalps. The bowling line-up has other wicket-takers, such as left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman, but will they score enough runs?

ONE TO WATCH: Shakib. If the all-rounder maintains his form, Bangladesh could give anyone a game. The 34-year-old has been prolific and economical with his left-arm spin, going at below five runs an over, while back-to-back scores in the forties show he has his eye in with the bat, too.

SQUAD: Mahmudullah (captain), Afif Hossain, Liton Das, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed. Reserves: Rubel Hossain

Talking points ahead of England T20 World Cup clash with Australia

  Talking points ahead of England T20 World Cup clash with Australia The old rivals face each other on Saturday in Dubai.The old rivals go up against each other on Saturday night in an eagerly-anticipated tussle as the only sides in their Super 12s group to win both their opening fixtures.

SRI LANKA

Result in 2016: Knocked out at Super 10 stage

HOW THEY FARED IN ROUND ONE: The 2014 champions were forced to enter at round one with their T20I ranking having dropped significantly but made pretty light work of the opposition, easing to a seven-wicket win over Namibia, a 70-run hammering of Ireland and then rolling Netherlands for just 44 in an eight-wicket triumph to emerge with a 100 per cent record.

PAST PERFORMANCES: Pretty darn good. They made the knockout stages four times in a row between 2009 and 2014, with their crowning glory coming seven years ago when they beat India in the final. They were beaten finalists in 2009 and 2012, losing to Pakistan and West Indies respectively, and made the semi-finals in 2010 before falling to champions England.

PROSPECTS: If momentum counts for anything in sport, then Sri Lanka now have it. Plus, they know what it takes to succeed in this competition and have Mahela Jayawardene in the dugout in his role as team consultant. With bowlers in form, too, do not rule out a semi-final push but Sri Lanka do not have the geniuses of old out on the park and this is a tough group.

ONE TO WATCH: Wanindu Hasaranga is a dual threat, with his leg-spin and hard-hitting batting set to be vital if Dasun Shanaka's men are to progress further. A 47-ball 71 against Ireland displayed his power, while he also has six wickets to his name so far. Fellow spinner Maheesh Theekshana has eight scalps and speedster Lahiru Kumara seven.

SQUAD: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando

Unburdened Adil Rashid focused on helping England to T20 World Cup success .
The leg-spinner says his shoulder injury is behind him after rehabilitation and strength and conditioning work.The leg-spinner needed two cortisone injections on his bowling arm to get through England’s 2019 50-over World Cup success, where he took just 11 wickets at an average of 47.81 in a tournament where most slow bowlers struggled.

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