How England won the World T20

  • Last Updated: March 7 2014, 13:38 GMT

Back when the Andy Flower regime could do no wrong, it delivered England's first and only global trophy.

Paul Collingwood lifts the trophy in 2010

Flower, new bowling coach David Saker and the rest of England's management were lauded for sussing out the wind direction in the Caribbean and the fact that slow bouncers - especially from the right end - could have countless opposition superstars holing out haplessly in the deep.

The plan worked a treat - there were probably one or two others that did okay as well, but have not passed so easily into modern legend - and England, unexpectedly, emerged top of the pile in cricket's newest and most crowd-pleasing format at the 2010 World Twenty20.

England arrived in the West Indies, having made an embarrassingly unsuccessful attempt to win their own tournament a year earlier, with credentials barely in advance of the ones they have approaching the 2014 renewal.

What they had, though, was a strategy - and a match-winner, in man of the tournament Kevin Pietersen.

As 2014 captain Stuart Broad remarked just last week, England would not have won without Pietersen.

They would not have done so either without several component parts.

Captain Paul Collingwood, newly ensconced these days as temporary assistant to limited-overs coach and former Ashes-winning ally Ashley Giles, marshalled a largely unremarkable squad which - in a time and a place - were simply winners.

Yes, among them was a nucleus of players who on Flower's watch had already won one and would eventually prevail in three successive Ashes series, go to the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings and claim a series victory in India for the first time in an extended generation.

In their number too, though, were 'flat-Jack' left-arm orthodox Michael Yardy, already thirty-something opener Michael Lumb and horses-for-courses seam-and-swinger Ryan Sidebottom.

Somehow, it all added up to a success story.

From unpromising beginnings in rainy Guyana, where a no-result with Ireland and a marginal Duckworth-Lewis defeat against the hosts just about allowed England to scramble through, they gathered momentum and belief against Pakistan and South Africa in Bridgetown.

More success against New Zealand in St Lucia was followed by a comfortable semi-final victory over Sri Lanka at the same venue, courtesy principally of Broad bowling perfectly to order and Pietersen knocking off the runs with a dash.

It only remained for England to get the better of the old enemy Australia in the Bridgetown final, which they duly did with Graeme Swann's economy and Craig Kieswetter and Pietersen's flair to the fore.

Whether it was all a supremely-hatched heist from beginning to end, or just meant to be, was one for the sage after-timers to tell us all.

But if Giles and Collingwood can conspire to defeat even greater odds in Bangladesh this spring, their management futures will doubtless be assured in this new England era.


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