England World T20 Profiles
We take a look at the England squad for the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
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Stuart Broad (Captain, Age 27, Caps 51): Broad's performances stood up where others' did not on England's miserable tour of Australia. His next challenge is to try to make his country competitive, in the absence of the retired Kevin Pietersen, in a tournament many expect will simply be beyond them.
Moeen Ali (26, 0): Fluent and wristy left-hander, whose county career is sufficiently productive for this international call-up. Moeen's impressive Twenty20 strike-rate and handy off-spin were doubtless persuasive factors too.
Ravi Bopara (28, 29): It is hard to fathom that, after around 130 limited-overs caps, Bopara is still to truly establish himself. A wonderful stroke-maker, with a power game too, he still has potential to do much better than his international statistics suggest. Bopara's medium-pace variations, with a sub-continental global tournament in the offing, are a significant secondary asset.
Tim Bresnan (29, 28): Back in harness for all formats, at his best Bresnan is a pivot for the pace attack and can help to finish an innings with the bat.
Jos Buttler (wk, 23, 28): Has looked a superstar batsman in the making on several occasions. Buttler's work behind the stumps is also much-improved, and he in particular has much to gain - with a Test career possibly soon within his grasp too.
Jade Dernbach (27, 28): Is he the master of or a slave to his many pace variations? The jury is out, and Dernbach may soon be on borrowed time. But in Bangladesh, he should have the right conditions to prove his worth.
Alex Hales (25, 24): England's top-order blaster has misfired on occasion this winter, but can put his team well ahead of the game if he stays the course.
Chris Jordan (25, 1): The pace-bowling all-rounder has shown enough promise to suggest a substantial international future, and will be a handy alternative if Dernbach's bearings are off.
Michael Lumb (34, 20): The 2010 World Twenty20 winner is hit-and-miss, as befits an international short-format specialist opener. Only Buttler can boast a higher strike rate, but a big tournament lies ahead for Lumb to demonstrate he is part of England's present and future.
Eoin Morgan (27, 41): England's most reliable limited-overs batsman will need to be the linchpin again if they are to prosper in an improbable bid to claim the West Indies' crown. The stakes are high for Morgan, with a Test return also on the agenda after his decision to forego those Indian Premier League riches this time round.
Stephen Parry (28, 0): The slow left-armer has been on England's radar, via the Lions, for some time - but the younger Danny Briggs was initially preferred. If Parry gets such a high-profile chance, he can only hope for a happier time than his Lancashire team-mate Simon Kerrigan endured on debut in last year's Ashes Test at The Oval.
Joe Root (23, 7): Root remains one for England's future, despite his largely disappointing Ashes winter. He needs to demonstrate a power game, though, to stay in the Twenty20 squad. However inventive, there is no place in the shortest format for a batsman who cannot clear the ropes. Root's off-spin is vulnerable at present, but has evident potential.
Ben Stokes (22, 5): Along with Buttler, all-rounder Stokes will surely be a pillar of England's teams across the formats for years to come. He has already shown his power and touch with the bat, pace with the ball and in the field. England will hope they have merely had a glimpse so far of what Stokes can achieve.
James Tredwell (32, 8): England's 'steady Eddie' off-spinner can be expected to come into his own in the sub-continent. Tredwell's skill is his control, flight and an ability to out-think many batsmen.
Luke Wright (29, 49): A 2010 World Twenty20-winner in the Caribbean, Wright brings energy with bat, sometimes ball and always in the field. His athleticism and eye have increasingly made him a short-format shoe-in for England over the years.