In the truest definition of the word, the England World T20 campaign has been extraordinary. From that mugging at the hands of Chris Gayle, the miraculous chase against South Africa, the near defeat against Afghanistan and the nerve-jangling win against Sri Lanka through to the semi-final mauling of New Zealand, England have truly ridden the WT20 wave in all its highs and lows.
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What a difference a year has made. The embarrassing ease with which they were brushed aside in the 2015 World Cup has been replaced by a resilience and mental toughness seldom seen in an England side before. It’s a terrible cliché, but they genuinely don’t seem to know when they are beaten.
Would last year’s England have got out of that game with Afghanistan, for example? Reduced to 57 for 6, with a cock-a-hoop bowling attack scenting blood, the traditional English propensity for falling under the pressure juggernaut looked like it was happening once again. But instead Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan and David Willey counter-attacked England to a total of 142 before helping to finish the job with the ball. The chance of a potentially tournament-shaking upset was ruthlessly flattened.