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England

Collingwood: Captain fantastic

Collingwood: Captain fantastic

England squad:
Paul Collingwood (capt)
James Anderson
Ravi Bopara
Tim Bresnan
Stuart Broad
Craig Kieswetter
Michael Lumb
Eoin Morgan
Kevin Pietersen
Ajmal Shahzad
Ryan Sidebottom
Graeme Swann
James Tredwell
Luke Wright
Michael Yardy

Overview

Having started the juggernaut of the shortest form of the game with the Twenty20 Cup, England has struggled to turn domestic knowledge into international success.

Not even home advantage helped them succeed last year and so far in the two editions of the ICC event they have won just one of their seven Super Eight fixtures - and even that solitary success was a dead rubber against India.

With Andrew Strauss not playing, Paul Collingwood skippers a squad that is a mixture of familiar names and fresh (at least in terms of international experience) faces who have impressed in county action.

There are issues over the batting line-up and the make-up of the bowling attack, but England supporters can have cause for optimism, provided their big names fire.

Strengths

Pietersen: Star quality

Batting looks to be England's stronger suit, even though they still have not discovered an answer to their problematic opening slots.

Kevin Pietersen provides the star quality but it is far from a one-man show. Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan can clear the ropes as well as milk the singles, and both will have benefited from their experiences in the Indian Premier League.

What coach Andy Flower must work out is who bats around the leading trio, though with so many all-round options there will be strength right down the order.

Graeme Swann is also a real plus England. The off-spinner is an aggressive bowler no matter what the situation and should find the low, slow pitches to his liking.

Weaknesses

Morgan: Unorthodox methods

Never mind the question of whether the chicken or the egg came first - in England the philosophers are stuck trying to work out who comes in first (and second) in the batting order in limited overs cricket.

Domestic specialists have been tried but, for the most part, have struggled to replicate the form they showed for their counties at international level.

The right-left hand combination of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb look set to get their chance in the West Indies, the duo charged with laying a platform for what is a strong-looking middle order.

There are also concerns with the seam bowling - England has a steady but unspectacular bunch that will look to contain rather than rip through opponents.

Six-hitter - Eoin Morgan

Anderson: Back to lead the attack

Don't be fooled by his size - Irishman Morgan - who looks certain to bat at five - can clear the rope comfortably, no matter whether he is facing pace or spin.

The left-hander has a superb range of sweeps and dabbles to pick up the singles but his hurling background has also given him superb bat speed, meaning he can whoosh a ball of any length for six with a mere flick of the wrists.

Strike bowler - James Anderson

Kieswetter: Burst onto the international scene

Anderson should be eager for action having missed England's winter tour of Bangladesh to try and cure a knee problem that even baffled the doctors.

The Lancastrian is England's king of swing and is their first-choice bowler in both the powerplay overs early on and also right at the death. Owns a mean Yorker and is no slouch on the speed gun either.

Look out for...Craig Kieswetter

England didn't waste any time in ushering the South African-born Kieswetter into their ranks once he had completed his qualification period.

His new team-mates got a chance to see first-hand what he was capable of when he helped England Lions upset the first team in a fixture in Abu Dhabi.

Drafted into the one-day squad to play in Bangladesh, the right-hander recorded his maiden international ton in just his third game. His stylish technique and ability to go aerial means English cricket fans are hopeful they've finally found the answer to their opening conundrum.

Kieswetter will not only be expected to perform with the bat, though. Picked ahead of regular wicketkeeper Matt Prior, his work with the gloves will also be closely monitored.

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