Being the number one ranked T20 side in the world doesn’t make England feel any extra pressure heading in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, all-rounder Chris Woakes has revealed on the Tuffers and Vaughan podcast.
Eoin Morgan’s side head into the tournament, which gets underway in the UAE later this month, in the number one spot on the ICC Rankings and some distance above India in second.
That will make them many people’s favourites to win the competition, a feat that would see them become the reigning world champions in both the 50-over and T20 formats.
Speaking to Elleanor Oldroyd on the Tuffers and Vaughan podcast, Woakesy discussed the upcoming tournament and which teams were likely to be favourites.
“I always feel like it can be won by anyone to a certain degree,” he explained. “You know, you look down the list of teams that are here and you can easily pick out seven winners really.
“There are obviously favourites but at the same time, I think it’s anyone’s really. It’s exciting to be a part of it and really, really looking forward to the tournament starting.”
Asked if being the highest-ranked side in the world made the England squad feel more pressure, the Warwickshire all-rounder said: “No, we don’t to be honest. I think it is something which the England white-ball teams have sort of got used to over the last three or four years – or however long it has been since we were in and around that top spot.
“It’s not what we expect because there are obviously some great teams out there as well that are always pushing us to get better but the psyche in this team is to constantly push each other, constantly look at ways to get better.
“How can we improve? We never look to stand still.
“The majority of the guys have played all around the world and got a lot of experience in this format, so we know that anyone on their day in T20 cricket, one performance, an over, or a few balls can change or win a game.
“I think people will tip us and a few teams to be favourites and obviously with us at the top of the rankings that’s expected but I don’t think the team feels any pressure about that whatsoever.”
England get their tournament underway with a match against Group 1 rivals the West Indies on Saturday the 23rd of October.
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