‘Scary’ to think how far this England team can go in ICC T20 World Cup, says Ben Stokes 


England all-rounder Ben Stokes is confident of the team doing wonders in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in India. 

England batsman Ben Stokes in action against South Africa. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ben Stokes predicts a bright future for England in the next T20 World Cup
  • England won the three-match T20I series in South Africa 3-0
  • Dawid Malan, with 915 points, is the top ranked batsman in T20Is

World Champions England cricket team is sitting at the helm of ICC rankings across both limited-overs formats. With their latest 3-0 away win in South Africa T20Is, England have sent a message to opposition teams ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in India.

All-rounder Ben Stokes believes that England have a great prospect in the ICC event and can beat any side if they keep performing like this. In the last edition of the T20 World Cup, held in 2016 in India, England had lost the final to West Indies with Carlos Brathwaite blasting Stokes for 4 consecutive sixes in the final over.

Since then, England have only gotten better as a white-ball side and have also won a World Cup. In the next edition of the ICC T20 World Cup, England are sure to be favourites.

“It’s a scary thing to think about where this team could go when we’ve played some games together. We’re very confident in our ability as a side and what we’ve always done is focus on ourselves. We look at the other team – their strengths and weaknesses – but what we do well is concentrate on ourselves and put pressure on ourselves,” Stokes said.

“We know if we play our best game of cricket we can beat most teams which isn’t an arrogant thing to say, it’s where we’re at. We know how strong this team is and it’s really exciting to be a part of it.”

England are not only the top-ranked team in the shortest format, but they also sport the best T20I batsman in the world. The top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan, with scores of 55 and 99 in the 2nd and 3rd T20Is, recently became the player with the highest ever points (915) in the format.

“His contribution with the bat in the games he’s played has been phenomenal,” Stokes said. “As the series got deeper we really showed what we are about and it’s great to see some guys playing so freely in a short space of time. It’s amazing to see where this team can go when we get it together,” Stokes added.



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