England arrive in Sri Lanka ahead of T20

September 17, 2012 at 10:10 am Leave a comment


With the Twenty20 World Cup edging closer and closer, England have arrived in the subcontinent full of confidence they can retain their title in the competition.

Many punters in Betfair England Cricket markets appear to have written off the England side already, with their star batsman Kevin Pietersen missing the highly anticipated tournament in the subcontinent due to the text saga which has marred much of the summer for the national side.
Having touched down in Sri Lanka, England are adapting to the conditions and preparing for their title defence.

Skipper Stuart Broad, who will be a key figure in the bowling attack for head coach Andy Flower, is confident his side can compete with the favourites in the competition, despite their status as outsiders in the T20 Cricket Betting.

He said: “Of course we’re confident. We had a really good win against South Africa the other night to level the series. That series was affected by the weather but we can’t do much about that.

“We’ve got some talented players here, we’ve played some really good Twenty20 cricket over the past year, we’ve got match-winners in the side. We saw Jos Buttler completely change the game the other night in one over and that’s the sort of thing you need in Twenty20 cricket.

“It’s hugely encouraging coming here, we’ve got to adapt to the conditions very quickly and that’s what this first week is all about.”

England will get their title defence up and running on September 21 when they face minnows Afghanistan at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

That is a match England will not only look to win but win well, as they build for their remaining group game against one of the tournament big hitters India.

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