2021 World T20: Picking England’s T20 Squad

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Adil Rashid of England(2R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Marcus Stoinis of Australia during the 2nd Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Australia at The Ageas Bowl on September 06, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)

Can England go one step further and win the Men’s 2021 World T20?

Next years Men’s 2021 World T20 will be a showcase event for the worlds short form marauders should it go ahead. It is a hard tournament to pick a winner for, if each country chooses their strongest side. 

With this in mind who should England be picking to give themselves the best possible chance at the Men’s 2021 World T20?

Top Order

At the top of the order England will probably pick Jos Buttler, this is a move that many will expect and he has been one of the premier openers in the shortest format for the last two years. With an average around 50 and a strike rate of around 150 since being promoted, bowling to Buttler in the powerplay is not a task many would relish.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Jos Buttler of England hits out watched on by Alex Carey of Australia during the 1st Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Australia at The Ageas Bowl on September 04, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/Pool via Getty Images)

The only contention is that, whilst being England’s best opener, Jos Buttler is also probably the best finisher in the team. At the present stage, the top order runs that Buttler provides may prove far more important than a quick 30 at the back end of the innings. 

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Tom Banton and Jason Roy will be in contention as partners for Buttler up top and this decision really comes down to who is in the best form at the time. Comparisons with former greats do grow tiresome. But, there is more than a hint of Kevin Pietersen about Banton’s strokeplay and he has a great future ahead of him.

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Other than his last few T20I knocks Roy has not shown what he can do in the format internationally thus far and is out of form in the 50 over side.

Dawid Malan has been in awesome form for England in T20 Cricket leading up the World Cup.
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 07: Dawid Malan of England bats during the Twenty20 International match between Australia and England at Blundstone Arena on February 7, 2018 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Dawid Malan has cemented himself as England’s number three and the number one T20 batsman in the world this season. Comments about his slow starts are frankly ludicrous as only two English players have more half centuries in the format than Malan. Plus, none approaching his average or strike rate.

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Middle Order

The middle order in T20 cricket is rarely rigid. Most teams preferring a floating order depending on match situation. The English lineup should be no different. From numbers four to six England are likely to – and probably should – pick Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow.

Moeen Ali has recently found decent form again and is a great influence on the team as a leader.

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He is one of the best all-rounders in the format, recently striking at 180 with the bat in the top order domestically. His off-spin is usually economical too although recently England have given him the new ball and asked him to bowl just one over. 

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Eoin Morgan of England hits out during the 1st Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Australia at The Ageas Bowl on September 04, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Skipper Morgan is currently hitting the ball as well as he has ever done and will relish the chance to come in and perform any role throughout the innings. Morgan can ably rebuild an innings but can equally stand still and swing in the last 5 overs.

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Jonny Bairstow has played some good knocks at the top of the order. But, his attack-from-ball-one approach and his ability to turn ones into twos may be invaluable as a finisher.

The All-Rounder 

David Willey can feel slightly aggrieved at his omission from the recent series against Australia. Willey has the best powerplay strike rate of any T20 bowler in world cricket and paired with Jofra Archer could do some serious damage with the new ball.

KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL – APRIL 03: David Willey of England celebrates after taking the wicket of Darren Sammy, Captain of the West Indies during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final match between England and West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Willey also has two centuries in the format at an alarming strike rate. Whilst these were from the top of the order, bowlers will be fearful of missing their lengths against such a powerful hitter with his reach.

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The bowling attack

England have a fairly settled main attack with Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer and spinner Adil Rashid shoo ins. Jofra Archer has been one of the world’s very best white ball bowlers since before his England debut. He has been displaying his skills in both the Indian and Australian T20 circuit. Archer will be key to England’s hopes at the 2021 World T20 in India.

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His ability to take wickets with the new ball and restrict opposition players in the death overs is key to England’s long term plans. Jofra’s closest friend Chris Jordan’s yorkers are bettered perhaps only by Mitchell Starc and Jasprit Bumrah and are nigh impossible to hit freely when on song. 

Chris Jordan has been superb at the death for England Cricket in T20 Cricket leading up the World Cup.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 14: Chris Jordan of England celebrates bowling Jon-Jon Smuts of South Africa of South Africa during the Second T20 International match between England and South Africa at Kingsmead Stadium on February 14, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Adil Rashid has become one of the best white ball bowlers in the world since his reintroduction to the side in 2015. Not many bowlers are more reliable in the middle overs of an innings since his debut. No other spinner has taken more ODI wickets since 2015. Has one of the best googlys in world cricket, just ask Aaron Finch.

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The final bowling spot will likely be taken by Tom Curran but Mark Wood will also be eager to find a place. Curran offers variations that not many can match, he has perfected several slower balls which are virtually impossible to hit when he nails them. 

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England have such a strong top order that it was inevitable some top class players would miss out. Should Malan suffer a dip in form Joe Root and Ben Stokes will be eager to step up. 

Joe Root played a crucial hand in the final against West Indies, despite England losing. He stopped the early collapse and built a partnership with Jos Buttler. For similar reasons, he could be crucial at the 2020 Cricket World Cup for England.

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It is unlikely Ben Stokes will miss out due to the fact that – Well – he is Ben Stokes but his skills do lie nearer the top of the order, a place England aren’t suffering for depth. 

CARDIFF, WALES – JULY 06: Joe Root of England bats during the 2nd Vitality International T20 match between England and India at SWALEC Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Should injury befall any of England’s bowling attack then they need look no further than players such as Matt Parkinson to fill their boots. Keep an eye on Birmingham’s Jake Lintott also, we all know how much world cricket values unorthodoxy. 

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So who would you pick in England’s XI for the next Men’s 2021 World T20?

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