England Break Their Duck

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England wins the ICC Twenty20 World Cup to break their duck for 35 years without an ICC trophy, after beating Australia by 7 wickets. Out of the top 8 test playing nations, England was the only team who had not won any ICC event since the first World Cup 35 years ago. Now England have an ICC tournament under their belt, can they build on from here and take confidence from this into the longer format of the game, one day and test cricket?

The final was against their oldest rivals, Australia, who have conquered everything put in front of them, with ICC Twenty20 World Cup trophy eluding them yet again. Australia who played brilliant cricket to get to the final with winning all their games but could not handle the pressure put on by the England bowlers with early wickets. The loss of early wickets, which left Australia on 8 for 3 and the middle order held on to take the score to 147 for 6. England themselves lost an early wicket but a second wicket stand of 111 between Pietersen and Kieswetter got them coasting to victory by 7 wickets and 18 balls to spare.

How England got their hands on their first trophy:

Group stage

West Indies v England at Providence – May 3, 2010 West Indies won by 8 wickets (D/L method)

England v Ireland at Providence – May 4, 2010 No result

Super eight stage

England v Pakistan at Bridgetown – May 6, 2010 England won by 6 wickets

England v South Africa at Bridgetown – May 8, 2010 England won by 39 runs

England v New Zealand at Gros Islet – May 10, 2010 England won by 3 wickets

Semi-Final

England v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet – May 13, 2010 England won by 7 wickets

Final

Australia v England at Bridgetown – May 16, 2010 England won by 7 wickets

Now that England finally win an ICC trophy can they perform with confidence in the longer format of the game with big matches coming up against beaten finalist Australia, the NatWest Trophy? I think England have it within themselves to beat any team on a given day but they lack the consistency.

We will have to wait and see if Australia can strike straight back with a victory in the NatWest Trophy which starts on 22nd June 2010. So what do you think will happen? Who is the better team in longer format? Are England worthy winners of the Twenty20 Trophy?

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