Analyzing the England Squad for the T20 World Cup in 2021

By Ben Morris in Cricket
| September 20, 2021 4:25 am PDT

As the world’s number-one ranked T20I team, England heads into the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as one of the favorites to win the tournament.

England is one of only five teams to have previously lifted the trophy, having triumphed over Australia in Barbados back in 2010. After winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Eoin Morgan and Co. now have the chance to clinch a famous double.

The biggest news surrounding the England squad for the T20 World Cup is the omission of two big-name stars. Ben Stokes continues his absence from the game to prioritize his mental health, while Jofra Archer will miss the tournament after undergoing elbow surgery.

But let’s not kid ourselves here – England’s T20 World Cup squad is still teeming with outstanding white-ball cricketers in every department.

In this piece, I assess the England squad for T20 World Cup – detailing the batsmen, bowlers, all-rounders, and reserves. I also check out England’s odds to win the T20 World Cup and discuss their chances of going all the way.

T20 World Cup Odds for 2021

India3.60
England4.33
West Indies6.50
Australia7.00
New Zealand7.00
Pakistan8.00
South Africa13.00
Sri Lanka29.00
Bangladesh41.00
Afghanistan81.00

Naturally, England is among the favorites to win the tournament. Above are the latest winner odds for the 2021 T20 World Cup.

With India as the current favorite, England’s price of 4.33 is very attractive.

Sure, India is a seriously strong side. But there is no reason why the English can’t outshine the Indians and come away with the trophy.

The odds look good, but let’s take a closer look at England’s T20 World Cup roster and gauge if they’re a good bet in 2021.

England T20 World Cup Squad for 2021

Coached by Chris Silverwood, the England squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup is packed with superstars.

Below, I break down each area of the squad and also look at the reserve players.

Batsmen

  • Eoin Morgan (c)
  • Jonny Bairstow (wk)
  • Sam Billings (wk)
  • Jos Buttler (wk)
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Dawid Malan
  • Jason Roy

It could be argued that England boasts the strongest T20 batting line-up in the world right now. Led by captain Eoin Morgan, England’s batting options are enough to frighten any opponent.

Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have established themselves as England’s untouchable opening pair.

The duo has broken multiple records over the years and will be hoping to break even more during the World Cup.

Dawid Malan – who currently sits atop the T20I Batting Rankings – is an outrageous option to have at number three. The left-hander has played 30, T20 matches for his country and averages 43.19.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I included both Bairstow and Malan among my top ten T20 batsmen this year.

Due to the recent rise of Liam Livingstone (more on him later), Sam Billings is likely to be the only out-and-out batsman to miss out on a place in England’s starting XI. That tells you everything you need to know about the strength of this team.

All-Rounders

  • Moeen Ali
  • Sam Curran
  • David Willey
  • Chris Woakes

Even without Ben Stokes, England’s squad for the T20 World Cup contains four world-class all-rounders.

Across all formats, Moeen Ali has become a pivotal player for England. His off-breaks could prove to be hugely effective on the UAE and Oman’s dry and dusty pitches – and he can smash the ball, too.

It is easy to forget that Sam Curran is still only 23, especially when you consider what he has achieved already. The Surrey all-rounder even made it into the squad ahead of his older brother, Tom.

David Willey and Chris Woakes bring vast experience to the England T20 World Cup squad. Willey has played 32 T20Is for his country, while Woakes took three wickets in that memorable 2019 Cricket World Cup final win over New Zealand.

Bowlers

  • Chris Jordan
  • Tymal Mills
  • Adil Rashid
  • Mark Wood

It’s fair to say that Tymal Mills is somewhat of a surprise inclusion, with his most recent appearance for England coming all the way back in February 2017. Yet, on the back of helping Southern Brave win The Hundred, he definitely deserves another chance.

With Chris Jordan and Mark Wood joining Mills in the squad, England undoubtedly has the quickest bowling attack in the competition.

All three men consistently break the 90mph (145kph) mark, making England one of the most feared teams on the planet.

ENGLAND PACEMEN – QUICKEST DELIVERIES
Player Delivery Speed (mph)
Mark Wood 96.3
Tymal Mills 93.3
Chris Jordan 92.3

That said, none of England’s pacemen sit higher than Adil Rashid in the T20I Bowling Rankings. Perched at number four in the world, the experienced spinner is pivotal to England’s game.

When it comes to discussing the best T20 bowlers on the planet, you simply cannot leave Rashid out of the conversation.

Reserves

  • Tom Curran
  • Liam Dawson
  • James Vince

Very few teams can boast three backup options as good as this! In fact, England’s reserve players would probably walk into most T20 sides in the world.

Tom Curran and Liam Dawson are both excellent all-rounders. Curran has played for three different IPL franchises over the years, while Dawson offers multiple spin variations.

I think James Vince can count himself pretty unlucky to have missed out on England’s 15-man squad, having shone for both the Sydney Sixers and Southern Brave this year – winning the Big Bash League and The Hundred.

England’s Best Player – Jonny Bairstow

Picking just one standout player from the England T20 World Cup squad doesn’t seem fair to the rest of them. I mean, the squad is stacked with top performers in every department – so I could have selected any number of players here.

Still, few would argue that Bairstow isn’t England’s best player.

The 31-year-old Yorkshireman has taken white-ball batting to another level in recent years. His exploits in both T20 and ODI cricket have been amazing to watch – and I can see him lighting up the T20 World Cup.

Alongside Roy, Bairstow is part of England’s greatest-ever opening pair in white-ball cricket. When those two get going, there is no stopping them.

Having played 57 T20Is, Bairstow averages 27.87. He has hit seven half-centuries along the way, boasting a top score of 86*. Remarkably, his ODI record is even better. He averages 47.91 from 89 matches and has bludgeoned 11 centuries in the process.

If Bairstow carries his best form to the UAE and Oman, he could almost singlehandedly win the tournament for his country.

England’s Match-Winner – Liam Livingstone

It’s safe to say that Liam Livingstone is something of a late bloomer. Most players of Livingstone’s ability already have dozens of international caps under the belt by the time they are 27, yet Livingstone has only played eight T20Is.

That really doesn’t matter, though, as the big-hitting brute is now one of the first names on the England team sheet.

After making two appearances for England back in 2017, Livingstone spent four years away from the T20I scene. He returned to the team in June of this year, reminding everyone what he is capable of.

Following an impressive 29* against Sri Lanka, Livingstone broke all kinds of records when he smashed 103 against Pakistan.

He scored both the fastest 50 and fastest century by an England player in T20I history back in July, reaching the milestones in just 17 and 42 balls, respectively.

Oh, and let’s not forget that he also smashed a record-breaking 122-meter six in the following match – hitting the ball over the roof and out of the stadium!

Of course, the competition for a place in England’s batting line-up is fierce. But when you consider what Livingstone has achieved over the past few months, how can you leave him out of the team?

Is England a Good Bet to Win the T20 World Cup?

If you’re planning to bet on the T20 World Cup, let me point you in the direction of our T20 World Cup betting preview for 2021.

My colleague has taken an in-depth look at the leading contenders to win the tournament, providing thorough analysis of all the favorites.

You only have to look at the current T20I Team Rankings to understand why England is a good bet to win the T20 World Cup.

ICC MEN’S T20I TEAM RANKINGS (TOP 5)
Position Team Matches Points Rating
1 England 28 7,786 278
2 India 28 7,456 266
3 Pakistan 34 8,883 261
4 New Zealand 28 7,192 257
5 South Africa 29 7,208 249

As you can see, England leads India at the summit of the rankings, with Pakistan, New Zealand, and South Africa completing the top five.

With Bairstow and Roy at the top of the order, followed by guys like Buttler, Livingstone, and Morgan, England’s batting line-up is frightening. When you throw a couple of world-class all-rounders and bowlers into the mix, Silverwood’s side looks almost unstoppable.

My final assessment of England’s T20 World Cup squad? Extremely strong. If you agree, head over to the top cricket betting sites and back them for 2021.

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