T20 World Cup: England must show why they are world champions after reaching Super 8 | cricket news

aerial sports cricket Pundit Nasser Hussain reflects on England’s qualification for the Super 8 phase of the Men’s T20 World Cup, looks ahead to the match against the West Indies on Wednesday night and says who he will back to reach the semi-finals…

England, of all the teams, have probably had the least cricket in this tournament. But the key was to reach the Super 8.

They are world champions and now they have to show why they are world champions.

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Highlights from England’s much-needed victory over Namibia in the T20 World Cup, as they triumphed by 41 runs in DLS

They had a quarter match against Scotland, a full match against Australia… and then two more very short matches, because they won very convincingly against Oman and then had another rain-affected victory over Namibia.

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Ahead of England’s vital clash with Namibia, Nasser Hussain, Eoin Morgan and Ian Ward got soaked in Antigua

Against Scotland, who knows if they would have gotten that score without the rain… but they didn’t convince too much on the field or with the ball in that first game in Barbados. I think they’ve fixed it since then.

They were beaten by Australia, but that can happen to anyone: Australia is a powerful team in any format.

Then there is the fear of losing, the fear of leaving. That’s why England did such a good job in Antigua, where they have been convincing in their last two matches: they were in the last-chance room and had to play their ‘A’ game against two partner nations and they did.

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Highlights from England’s victory over Oman in the T20 Cricket World Cup, as they raced to a chase of 48 in just 3.1 overs in Antigua

‘England will not take any team lightly in Super 8’

They probably haven’t had as much time in the middle as they would like… but in the next five days, they have three games and I think they will enjoy the pace of playing cricket.

That is the case with some teams that reach the Super 8… the Indian batsmen, who had to play a lot in New York, their top order, the South African top order, reach this stage without many runs under their belt. because hitting was very difficult.

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Ravi Shastri could barely contain his excitement ahead of India’s T20 World Cup clash with Pakistan in New York as he presided over the toss.

I haven’t cared about the fields in this tournament. In the IPL, everything was too much about batting and there were too many big scores, sixes and fours.

Here things have gone a little more in favor of the bowlers. In New York, I think that pitch went too far in favor of the pitchers, but Dallas was good, Barbados was decent and I’d say St. Lucia will probably be the pick of the bunch if you’re a hitter.

I don’t think there is an easier side to the draw in the Super 8s. We are now in a situation where all teams are hoping to progress to the semi-finals.

The shorter the game, the shorter the format, anything can happen. And as we have already seen, there have been some incredible surprises: the partner nations have been proud, they have played very good cricket.

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Highlights from the United States’ match against Pakistan at the T20 World Cup, when the Americans pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

As Pakistan discovered, having lost in a Super Over against the USA, and as Canada discovered against them in the opening match, every team has struggled against the USA – they are a very good team.

England will not take any team lightly. It’s going to be a tough game and when they go into it, they’ll hope the job is done.

“The surface of Santa Lucia adapts to the style of England”

However, they will face the hosts West Indies first, and there will be a great atmosphere in St. Lucia on Wednesday night.

But a large crowd supporting the opposition won’t bother them too much. These England players have played in the IPL, they have played in important matches, in World Cup finals.

Furthermore, they will be delighted to be in Saint Lucia. It’s a good pitch, which suits their style of play: they have batsmen like Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, who want to attack the ball hard… although the West Indies, as we know, also have some very big hitters.

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England’s Phil Salt talks to Sky Sports about the T20 World Cup, opening the batting with Jos Buttler and his hopes for a Test call-up

It was very important in England’s last match that Bairstow and Harry Brook played very well, forming that wonderful partnership. That’s another tick for England, the fact that those two have had time in the middle before this game.

They also have pace in their arsenal with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, plus Adil Rashid, the number one ranked T20 bowler…they have everything in place.

Archer has impressed so far. He has great pace and adapts to the conditions…he is a very intelligent cricketer. It’s not just about rhythm, rhythm, rhythm.

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Jofra Archer strikes early for England as Phil Salt takes excellent low catch in their T20 World Cup clash with Oman

Liam Livingstone is the only concern for the West Indies game, with that lateral tension of his; It is not something that is going to disappear in the next few days.

If he fails the fitness test, he would play Sam Curran; is the comparable replacement. It gives you another all-terrain option and another left-handed option.

We are now entering the end of the tournament. There are no easy games and England will have to give their best if they want to qualify for the semi-finals – it’s just about having the right skills, putting in a performance and being on a roll.

They are the world champions in this format and when other teams look at England, they will look at that long batting line-up and think, “we better be at our best.”

South Africa are a good team, but I will go with England and the host country, the West Indies, to get out of their group.

What’s next in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup?

The Super 8 leg of the Men’s T20 World Cup begins on Wednesday when the USA face South Africa in ancient, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 3:30 p.m. (first dance at 3:30 p.m.).

EnglandThe first Super 8 match takes place against the co-hosts, the West Indies later that same day in Saint Lucia, live on Sky Sports Cricket to 1 a.m. (first dance at 1:30 a.m.) on Thursday morning.

England are in Group 2 of the second phase of the tournament, which will involve eight teams, along with the West Indies, the United States and South Africa.

Group 1 includes Afghanistan and India, as well as Australia and Bangladesh, who face each other on Thursday.

The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals.

Watch every T20 World Cup match, including the final in Barbados on Saturday, June 29, live on Sky Sports.

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