An early look at the 2020 T20 World Cup

The Twenty20 World Cup is the highlight of the international cricket calendar this year. Given how important the tournament is, all the leading nations have scheduled lots of T20 games into their schedule to ensure they are ready for the competition.

Can England put their name back on the trophy in 2020?

Here is a look at the main contenders to lift the trophy in Australia:

Australia

Hosts Australia are the 11/4 favourites in the cricket betting for the T20 World Cup where home advantage is really going to help them in their bid to win the trophy.

Australia have surprisingly never won this tournament which was inaugurated in 2007. They did reach the final in 2010 but lost to England in Bridgetown.

The Baggy Greens had T20 series victories over Sri Lanka and Pakistan during the winter. With Steve Smith and Aaron Finch ranking as two of the most dangerous batsmen in this format of the game, it is no surprise that the bookmakers make them the team to beat.

Australia have been drawn in Group 1 along with New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies. Their opening game will be against Pakistan in Sydney on 24 October.

India

India tend to play more T20 cricket than any other national team. With the Indian Premier League taking place in their country every year, the pool of players they have to choose from is huge.

Batting has always been India’s strength in one-day cricket. They bat really deep which often means they are able to record some huge totals.

In Virat Kohli, India have the number one batsman on the planet right now. The India skipper is often supported by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

India beat New Zealand 5-0 in their last T20 series, which shows how dominant they can be. They are 3/1 second favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy.

England

England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time last summer when they defeated New Zealand in the final at Lord’s following a dramatic Super Over. They will now be aiming for more success in the shorter format of the game.

The 2010 winners were involved in an exciting T20 series against South Africa recently during their winter tour where they came out on top 2-1. They lost the opening game of that series but were at their very best in the next two matches.

With the likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan, England have a lot of match winners in their squad. Expect to see them get off to a fast start too in their innings as Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow waste no time at the crease.

England will be hoping Jofra Archer is 100% fit in October. He showed last summer how dangerous he is in white ball cricket. Archer has also played in the Indian Premier League so he has a lot of experience in this format of the game.

The 2020 Twenty20 World Cup begins on t18 October, with the final scheduled for 15 November at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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