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England Twenty20 prospects

England factbox for the Twenty20 World Cup opening at Lord's on Friday:

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2009 18:00 IST

England factbox for the Twenty20 World Cup opening at Lord's on Friday:

Strengths

England have made a fine start to their packed summer with clean sweeps of the test and one-day series against an admittedly uninterested West Indies side. Ravi Bopara has been in prime form with the bat after a successful stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Weaknesses

Have fallen off the pace in one-day cricket in the past decade and have still to win a major tournament. Look short of firepower in the batting.

Key Player

Kevin Pietersen was an expensive failure in the IPL and missed the one-dayers against West Indies through injury. He still remains the batsman the opposition fear most with his power, range of strokes and ability to improvise.

Odds 8/1

Squad

Paul Collingwood (Captain), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, James Foster, Robert Key, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Kevin Pietersen, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.