England’s campaign in the 2016 ICC World T20 has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. They managed to chase down 230 against South Africa in style, but had their backs to their walls against Afghanistan. After beating Sri Lanka at Delhi, they qualified for the semi finals and will face New Zealand at Delhi.
Skipper Eoin Morgan, in his recent media interaction admitted that he was confident about his side’s chances. “I think in three of our wins we’ve had to show an immense amount of character,” Morgan said.
“Having to chase down 230 then, against Afghanistan we put our backs against the wall early and had to fight quite hard. And today it was completely different in the way we were way ahead of the game. It asked a completely different question of us.”
Reflecting on his team’s win over Sri Lanka, Morgan added, “With the bat we adapted a lot better than we did against Afghanistan.” “We showed we are capable of playing both smart cricket and aggressive cricket. I think we’ve struggled to do that in the last six to eight months or so and it’s an area we are constantly trying to improve.
“But today went a long way to doing that. The first 15 overs we batted weren’t cautious but they were on the smart side and, given the value of having two ‘in’ batsman for the last five or so overs, the impact it can have with guys like Jos Buttler well set, that has a big impact on the game.”
“We’ll take a lot of confidence from today. The overall performance can give us a couple of days to let the dust settle, reflect on what happened and take the absolute beauties into the semi-final,” Morgan summed up.