Have England got the stamina for the shortest version of the game?
The T20 World Cup starts in India in two weeks' time. Can England win? Yes. Will they win? Probably not.
In the 12 months since they limped sadly out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, England have made massive progress in both the 20 and 50 over formats of the game, which is a good thing as they were the weakest of the main cricketing nations in the limited overs format. Not only did they lose to Bangladesh, the defeats to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka were both heavy and embarrassing.
It wasn't even that England didn't score runs quickly enough. They weren't even trying to score quickly enough in the first half of an innings. The rest of the cricketing world were playing a different game to England and it was a wake up call on the same scale as England's footballers losing 6-3 at Wembley to Hungary in 1953. We had invented a game and while our backs were turned other countries had re-invented it. How unsporting.
Looking at England's dynamic approach to limited overs batting now, it seems like a bad dream to have had Alistair Cook opening the batting in 20 over games. Only Joe Root of the established Test batsmen now features in the T20 squad as England finally start with a blank selection page instead of trying to tweak the Test team. We now have a team with the range of batting and bowling skills to beat any team on the world?
So why don't I think we can win? In the last few Test series and the most recent series of limited over internationals England have started well then faded badly, losing the last match of any series. Eng;and may have caught up with the rest of the world but have they got the sprint finish for the final stages of the tournament? Recent history suggests not.