Collingwood believes ‘improved’ England has ‘great chance’ to defend T20 WC

London: Former England captain Paul Collingwood, who led them to Twenty20 World Cup glory in 2010, believes the current side is an improved version of the team that became world champions, and added that Stuart Broad’s men have a great chance of defending their T20 crown.

“The players involved last time round have improved by two years. Some of them have had experience in the Big Bash and the IPL and other high-pressure situations, and they understand the Twenty20 game a lot more,” the Daily Mail quoted Collingwood, as saying.

“I honestly think it’s a better team than it was last time. I think we’ve got a great chance,” he added.

Collingwood said Eoin Morgan, who now provides the X factor in the middle order in Kevin Petersen’s absence, as well as Jos Buttler, would be the central figures for England during the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

“Up until then everybody was questioning whether Buttler was good enough, but all of a sudden, you’ve just won a game in 10 balls for England,” Collingwood said.

“That will give everyone a lot of confidence. And when you’ve got the quality of Eoin Morgan, these guys can do what KP did last time round - they can win not just games but World Cups,” he added.