England will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of this year’s T20 World Cup today at 8 pm Bangladesh time Before the match in a column written in the British newspaper Daily Mail Zafra Archer spoke about the places of power of England. Let’s read what else this fast bowler from England has to say about:
I believe in superstition at least a little bit. That is why I am happy that England lost to South Africa in the last match of the Super Twelve.
If my memory doesn’t cheat I haven’t seen any unbeaten team in the T20 tournament yet. That’s why I was a little scared before England lost to South Africa.
That loss to South Africa made it easier for me to sleep the night before the semifinals. The usual rule is that even the best team will lose at least one match in such a competition.
Even a good team loses one game after every four or five matches.
With that loss to South Africa in mind I would say England have played great in this tournament. We can only hope that they will win again.
It is true that they are not getting one or two important players. But Eoin Morgan will surely remind the rest of the team that this match is an opportunity for them to make history.
The biggest strength of this team is its depth. England went to the World Cup this time without me and Ben Stokes.
At the moment Butler is either the best batsman in the world or he is very close to the best. Of course I don’t see anyone better than him. He is a terrible batsman.
The opposing team has to prepare keeping in mind his words. He is a batsman who can hit sixes with the same ball long on or with a fine leg. It is very difficult to handle him. That’s why I say it doesn’t matter who came down with him in the opening.
The depth of this team is really huge. And the team is led by an extraordinary captain.
He knows he has many options In white ball cricket Johnny Bairstow is an opener David Malan can also open and Sam Billings can bat anywhere in the middle order. The biggest thing about England is that anyone in need of a team can come forward.
Many are questioning how England are handling bowling towards the end of the innings without me. But the real thing is that there are a lot of players in this team to make up for the lack of others.
All this we have practiced on different tours. Especially on a tour of India earlier this year. We have challenged different players in different situations. I have bowled one bowler at different times of the match.
When building a team you can’t delegate all the responsibilities to certain people. For example if Morgan had given me all the responsibility last March the one who would have bowled in my place now would have been the one to beat.
Chris Jordan has lived up to my expectations. My only request to my teammates is to stay calm. If I lose I go. But if we can play the way we have been playing our level will be heavy.
Two years since going toe-to-toe in a thrilling 50-overs World Cup final England and New Zealand will again seek to deliver a knockout blow when they face each other in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 global showpiece in Abu Dhabi today.
The clash pits contemporary cricket’s most dominant white-ball team England against arguably the most consistent cross-format side New Zealand who have reached the final of three of the last four major global tournaments.
Kane Williamson’s team finally shed their bridesmaid’s tag by winning the inaugural World Test Championship earlier this year and like England are now bidding to become reigning champions in two formats.
If England and New Zealand provide a fraction of the drama they did on a glorious afternoon at Lord’s in July 2019 then the T20 World Cup might get the spark it desperately craves this week former England captain Mike Atherton wrote in The Times.