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Coach Chris Silverwood from England is approaching the final touches to the World Cup team of Twenty20

“I don’t think we’re far away from putting that team together”: England coach Chris Silverwood almost close to completing the Twenty20 World Cup plans because Jofra Archer and Tom Banton are in the first position to claim the last few places

  • England ended their fine tour through South Africa with a 2-1 T20 series victory on Sunday
  • Chris Silverwood now completes his team for the Twenty20 World Cup
  • Jofra Archer and Tom Banton are in an excellent position to take the remaining places
  • Silverwood sang the praises of Eoin Morgan after his great exploits

England’s coach, Chris Silverwood, suggests that there are only a few places to win in the team that will be sent to the Twenty20 World Cup this year after the victory in the 2-1 series in South Africa.

And fast bowler Jofra Archer and the hard-hit batter Somerset Tom Banton are the two players who are best able to claim those who are leaving for Australia for the plane this fall.

Archer, an automatic pick after his screenings for England during last summer’s 50-lake victory, is currently sidelined due to an elbow stress fracture, while Banton is impressed by his combination of a clean ball and invention. The only area he was told to work on, after a first winter of international travel, is his all-round fitness.

Jofra Archer is an automatic choice thanks to his heroic deeds during the World Cup victory last summer

Jofra Archer is an automatic choice thanks to his heroic deeds during the World Cup victory last summer

Tom Banton has certainly made an impression on his combination of a clean ball and invention

Tom Banton has certainly made an impression on his combination of a clean ball and invention

Tom Banton has certainly made an impression on his combination of a clean ball and invention

“I don’t think we’re far away to put that team together. We have played what we believe to be our strongest side in these three games. The more they’ve played together, the better they are, we’ve seen the improvement throughout the series, so I don’t think we’re a million miles away, “Silverwood said.

“There’s Banton, Archer, to come back and we’ll keep an eye on who’s doing well there.”

Silverwood believes that England is now in a “self-assured space” in the shortest format of the game after a combative display by Captain Eoin Morgan who sealed the victory in the run bounty at Centurion on Sunday.

Morgan became the first batsman in England to hit 100 sixes in T20 internationals with the second of his seven. His 105 count is a full 50 more than his closest rivals Jos Buttler and Alex Hales and he is collectively fourth, alongside Chris Gayle, among all newcomers.

His current shape – the left hand was called both men of the match and series after hitting an undefeated 57 out of only 22 balls – confirms more than his decision to commit to the next two Twenty20 World Cups instead of running away after the 50-over triumph last summer.

England's coach, Chris Silverwood, explains his plans for the Twenty20 World Cup

England's coach, Chris Silverwood, explains his plans for the Twenty20 World Cup

England’s coach, Chris Silverwood, explains his plans for the Twenty20 World Cup

“I’m clearly very happy. He has so much experience and he is a great player. Losing him would have been really tragic. He has a bit between his teeth, as we have seen, he has the ability to stay cool under pressure, methodically break down the scoreboard, take risks when appropriate and lead us home as he did, Silverwood added.

Prior to the final game, despite the team’s success, this was a miserable tour for Jos Buttler, Morgan’s vice-captain in cricket with limited overs. With an average of 17 in the test series, his return was half that in the first two games of the T20s, fueling the debate about his best position in the top six.

His half-century decision maker lacked his usual fluency, but the belief of England remains that they will achieve the greatest benefits with him at the top of the order.

“It was great to see him coming with a smile on his face like he did. He is a very, very destructive player as we know him, so we want him to encounter as many balls as possible, “said Silverwood.

“I think he enjoys where he is now, so we’ll give him the best chance and the best support we can give to open the at bat for us.”

Eoin Morgan became the first English batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20 internationals on Sunday

Eoin Morgan became the first English batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20 internationals on Sunday

Eoin Morgan became the first English batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20 internationals on Sunday

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