Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that they will be the team to beat in the next few years after winning their second T20 World Cup title on Sunday. The veteran also believes England will also be one of the favourites for the 2023 World Cup in India. Notably, England clinched their second T20 World Cup trophy after defeating Pakistan by five wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 52 off 49 were crucial as they fought tooth and seal the deal.
In his column for The Telegraph, Vaughan said: “The next big ticket is to win the 50 over World Cup in India next year. They have good spin options, and you have to put them down as favourites for that tournament as well. When the tournament starts, people will have India as favourites on home soil. Utter nonsense. England will be the team to beat without any question, and that is going to be the case for a few more years to come.”
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Michael Vaughan continued: “The way England use data is smart. The semi final was a masterclass in beating India. Bowling first was a brave step but they knew Virat Kohli likes a number to aim for. They front-loaded Adil Rashid which meant Rishabh Pant did not come in until later.”
England delivered one of their best performances of the tournament in the semifinal against India where they reached the target in 16 overs without losing a wicket. Vaughan also added that Buttler had his deputy Moeen Ali actively involved after he captained England to a series win in Pakistan recently as well.
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“I like the fact he has used Moeen Ali as his sounding board and deputy. Moeen did a great job as captain in Pakistan, and Jos is not the kind of leader who wants to take everything on himself. He looks to take advice and ensure everyone is involved,” Michael Vaughan concluded.