Twenty20 World cup preview: Group B

June 2, 2009 at 11:52 am Leave a comment


England

This presents arguably England best chance of lifting a world silverware. They are playing on home soil and enter this event on the back of a crushing win over the West indies that breeds confidence into the side. Paul Collingwood takes charge of the side and he himself is looking increasingly confident with both the bat and ball. England have selected a team of their consistent one day performers mixed with some of the best in the shortest format from the domestic game. The loss of Andrew Flintoff is a big loss but one on recent form England can cope without.

 Kevin Pietersen returns from injury to boost the batting order and will be desperately looking to improve his own form in the shortest format. Ravi Bopara is starting to flourish in his opener role and is playing in his best form for England. Key replaces Strauss as opener and will be looking to transmit his achievements in domestic cricket to the international stage. The bowlers have so far managed to fill the boots of Flintoff and will be hoping to make best use of familiar conditions to full affect. Batting wise, England need to take the initiative in the first 10 overs, something they have struggled to do in previous matches. The England team is however proving difficult to predict with places still up for grabs, demonstrating the unsetteled nature of the T20 side.

Key player: Paul Collingwood. The captain is starting to lead from the front with some explosive innings. His bowling will also be very useful to take the pace of the ball. The captain is starting to find his best form and just in time.

Squad: Paul Collingwood (capt), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, James Foster (wk), Rob Key, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Kevin Pietersen, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.

Pakistan

Their players have been starved of international cricket and also denied a chance to improve their game in the IPL. They enter the tournament in worse shape that last time but are desperate for success. Younis Khan believes they are the best team in the world and will have to step up their game to show this. Their seems to be a sense of vulnerability in their batting line up who are in need of time in the middle. In the bowling department they possess good one day bowlers but doubt remain about how they will perform in the shortest format. Saeed Ajmal will be a vital part of their bowling attack as a player who has excelled in the domestic game. Shahid Afridi enters the tournament in form with the ball but struggling with the bat. They possess some big hitters but the problem has been the consistency.

Key man: Younis Khan. They need their skipper to step up and make use of his experience of the international game to steady the batting line up. Has enjoyed a good time in England and is one player in their team comfortable with the conditions.

Squad: Younis Khan (capt), Salman Butt, Ahmed Shahzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamir, Saeed Ajmal, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Shazaib Hassan.

Netherlands

No expectation in their home land for any progress in the competition but are keen to make an impression. The team has been significantly improved with the arrival of Dirk Nannes, overlooked by Australia. He is the man resposible for keeping Glen McGrath out of the Dehli Daredevils side and is desperate to prove a point to the Australian selectors. There is little quality elsewhere apart from Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate. The big hitter is the only other well known name in the Netherlands side. He will play an important part in the dutch batting line up. The side also contains Bas Zuiderent and Dan Van Bunge, both of whom have played county cricket, but this tournament is a step up in class that the Netherlands are unlikely to make.

Key player: Dirk Nannes. Has emerged as one of the best bowlers in twenty20 cricket. He is tall, bowls at a lively pace and was one of the star performers in the IPL.

Squad: Jeroen Smits (capt), Peter Borren, Mudassar Buhkari, Tom De Grooth, Maurits Jonkman, Alexei Kervezee, Dirk Nannes, Ruud Nijman, Darren Reekers, Edgar Schiferli, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski, Ryan ten Doeschate, Dan van Bunge, Bas Zuiderent

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