England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan feels that his team will enter the 20-20 World Cup as the joint-favourites alongside hosts and defending champions Australia. Against all odds, Australia went on to win the 20-20 World Cup in UAE last year. On the other hand, England bowed out of the tournament after losing to New Zealand in the semis.
The cricket’s governing body has announced the tentative schedule for the 20-20 World Cup, set to be played in October-November. Teams such as Sri Lanka, Namibia, West Indies and Scotland will lock horns with each other in the first round. In Super 12, teams have been divided into two groups. Australia, New Zealand, England and Afghanistan are placed in Group 1, while India, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh are clubbed in Group B.
Meanwhile, the 2019 50-over World Cup-winning captain explained why his team will be the joint-favourites alongside Australia. Morgan said that England are well aware of the Australian conditions which is a great advantage. “Given Australia won, they would go in favorites. I’d like to think we’d be joint second, if we continue on a reasonable run of form between now and then, probably with India and Pakistan. We know Australia’s different, we know our guys play really well in Australia”, said Morgan while speaking to Perth Now.
“It makes us feel a little bit more at ease than planning for conditions that we might not go in as one of the favorites. It makes us feel a little bit comfortable, we know what works in Australia,” he added.