By Britwatch Cricket
- 6 quick hits about England’s forthcoming clash against South Africa
- World T20 preparation
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – England captain Eoin Morgan is looking for momentum ahead of the World T20 in India in March – our six quick-hits ahead of today’s first T20 against hosts South Africa.
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WHAT is Twenty20 Cricket
The brainchild of the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2003, it is short-form cricket where the two teams have a single innings each, restricted to 20 overs.
Typically it takes around three hours and was introduced to create a fast-paced game to appeal to both spectators and television audiences, and since its introduction, it has been very popular and crops up on most international tours.
WHO are the favourites?
England won the T20 warm-up match on Wednesday by 44 runs with Alex Hales and Morgan in great form, Hales making a half century (78) and Morgan just shy at 42, hitting five sixes from the first 10 balls he faced.
As reported by the BBC, Morgan said: “We played with a lot of aggression and committed to everything we did. The team is looking in really good shape.”
WHY should we keep an eye on these two T20 encounters with South Africa?
March sees England put their wits against the rest of the world when the World T20 starts in India, and while England’s bowling still needs a bit of focus, Engand’s batting and a focus on attack looks to be key.
Morgan continued: “I’m not worried about the bowling. The fact that the two left-armers swing it and pose a threat early on gives us a chance to take wickets in the first six overs, which is crucial.
“Since Adil [Rashid] has come back into the side, he’s been outstanding. His experience at the Big Bash has been brilliant, he was one of the leading wicket-takers over there and the experience of playing as an overseas player in a different country was a huge responsibility to take on his shoulders and he cherished that.”
“The way in which we’d like it to formulate is to be flexible, similar to the one-day team. Within that flexibility of the batting order, using Jos [Buttler] as much as we can and as well as can is going to be key in the World [T20].”
WHERE & WHEN are they playing?
England face South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town on Friday, 16:00 GMT.
HOW can you keep up with the scores?
We have our own live-score service which you can access here.