After Friday's performance against the Netherlands, it would be easy to believe that England are still not taking Twenty20 seriously. I think that’s far from the truth. What I believe is that England are taking 20-over cricket seriously, but are not good enough at it yet. What other explanation could there be for the way in which they were limited to 162 when they were 102 for no loss at one stage?
The thing is, T20 is batsmen’s game. And England still suffer from the old tendency of collapsing like a pack of cards.
Besides, England suffer from a lack of leadership. Make no mistake, I think Paul Collingwood is a lovely lad, but he always was, and remains, a reluctant captain. He even gave it up last year, if you remember. And against the Netherlands, he appeared to be leading by committee as everyone kept going into huddles. Great captains allow only so much democracy in the team, and my belief is that the shorter the version of the game, the greater the role of the captain. Therefore, Robert Key, who captains Kent, would have been ideal for the role in the absence of Kevin Pietersen.
Sunday's game against Pakistan is a crucial one for England.