England defeated Pakistan comfortably by 45 runs in the second T20I at Headingley to level the series 1-1. Speaking at the end of the game, Michael Vaughan has rated the Eoin Morgan-led side as the favourites to win the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled in the UAE and Oman.
England, who are without their first-choice players Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, and Sam Curran, decided to rest their skipper Eoin Morgan for the match. After putting 200 on the board in the first innings, they bowled restricted Pakistan to 155. In the whole series, the England bench strength has displayed its prowess ahead of the T20 World cup.
Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan says England is favorite to win the ICC T20 World cup as they have all the bases covered. Speaking at Headingley after England’s victory, Vaughan said:
“England have put themselves in a great position (to win the T20 World Cup) because they’ve got absolutely everything covered.”
We are going to see a lot of him in the next few years: Michael Vaughan on Liam Livingstone
Michael Vaughan also stated that Liam Livingstone, who scored an emphatic century in the first T20I, is “becoming a class act.”
“He’s becoming a class act. The hundred he got on Friday will have given him a huge amount of confidence and he was well on his way again today before he was run out. He’s one we’re going to see a lot of over the next few years.”
1st international hundred
Fastest ever IT20 50 for 🏴
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 17, 2021
England won ICC 50-overs World Cup in 2019 and will hope to double the success by winning their second ICC T20 World Cup Champions title. Legendary England pacer James Anderson feels the problem of plenty is a “great headache to have” for the England selectors.
“The best teams have the strongest squad. If you’re going to a World Cup, you need 15 or 16 players who can perform on any given day,” Anderson told BBC.
“The more players they know that can go out there and perform on this stage, the better. It’s a great headache to have,” he added.