MOEEN ALI: Shocks galore mean we can’t take any team lightly in our group at the T20 World Cup…we’ll be punished if we’re not at our best
- Jos Buttler came back for the Australia series and made batting look effortless
- Shocking wins by Namibia and Scotland show that anyone can beat anyone at the World Cup
- Saturday’s opponents in Afghanistan have a world-class player in Rashid Khan
We are ready for the World Cup. We’ve supported our performance in Pakistan with great squad-wide displays in Australia, but it won’t matter much if we don’t take that momentum into the tournament.
Yes, the results were good, but what was great to see is how we played and rotated the squad. Everyone came in and showed their class.
In previous tournaments we’ve gone in with a bit of pressure, but this time it feels different. We know what we want to do and I think the hardest thing will always be to choose our best team. The team is that strong and everyone plays well. It’s a good place to be.
England look to build on impressive T20 performance to date in Pakistan and Australia
Unfortunately Reece Topley slipped and rolled his ankle in Brisbane and that is quite a blow. He has been crucial for us this year. We are sorry that he misses the tournament.
He has had many setbacks and I am sure he will come back. He would have been such an important bowler and it’s sad news just before our first game.
That first game is against Afghanistan on Saturday and we can’t take it lightly. As we have already seen, with Namibia beating Sri Lanka and Scotland beating the West Indies, anyone can beat anyone.
We have to be on top of our game and this is a tournament and format where you will be punished if you are not at your best.
Jos Buttler came back for the Australia series and made batting look effortless
We couldn’t get the cricket on the TV in Brisbane but we have it at the hotel in Perth and I enjoy watching a bit of the group matches and seeing how competitive T20 cricket is.
You can’t write anyone off in such a short format. Last year we started perfectly when we beat the West Indies, the then reigning champion. We could make a similar start.
In Rashid Khan, Afghanistan has a world-class player. They have potential match winners by their side and come Saturday, both teams will be ready.
It was quiet in our team environment in Australia, trained hard and played well. It’s always when you’re winning and the coaching staff is very relaxed.
David Saker and Mike Hussey have come in and have done a wonderful job. They know the surface here and their knowledge can only be positive for us.
English sailor Reece Topley is out of the T20 World Cup after an ankle injury
It’s great to also have Liam Livingstone back after his time out. Livi’s six going out at the Gabba was a ridiculous attack!
And Jos Buttler came back for the Australia series and made the batting look effortless. It’s a joy to watch him play.
After years of touring in bubbly and being limited to a few locations, there’s a real tournament feel about this with touring Australia. We had a five and a half hour flight from Brisbane to Perth after that warm up game against Pakistan and there will be a few days when travel takes up most of our day.
England take on Afghanistan, which has a world-class player in leg spinner Rashid Khan
After Perth we head east to Melbourne for a few games and then back to Brisbane for our final group game in Sydney. Let’s hope there’s a little more travel after that for the semi-finals and finals!
My wife and two children arrived on Tuesday and I would like to take them with me on the trip. Being away for a while makes such a difference to your mood. That company and that support is priceless and will leave you turning the game off. Many boys look forward to visiting their families in the coming weeks.
We came so close to winning this tournament in India in 2016 and getting to the semi-finals last year in the United Arab Emirates was a struggle, especially after how well we played against New Zealand until that match.
So there is a real desire to go all out and add something to our ODI World Cup. I’m confident, but we’ve been in this situation before. We know we’re strong and it’s a cliché, yes, but it’s really the kind of tournament where you play one game at a time.
If we play the cricket we’ve shown over the past month that we can play, I’m sure we’ll be contenders. We are ready to break through.