Monday, September 25, 2023

What next for this conquering England white-ball side?


Sporting triumph tends to invite reflection.

Where did it all begin? What happened to enable this moment to arrive? Who were the architects of the success?

England’s T20 World Cup win has been no different.

You can plot the journey from Adelaide in 2015 to Melbourne in 2022, via Kolkata and Lord’s, very clearly. From Andrew Strauss, Trevor Bayliss and Eoin Morgan through to Rob Key, Matthew Mott and Jos Buttler.

The change in approach that has taken England from timid white-ball no-hopers to the trailblazing first men’s team to hold both the 50-over and T20 world titles at the same time is well documented.