Goalkeeper and batsman Jos Butler said that despite the absence of speed bowler Jofra Archer and all-rounder Ben Stokes, England is still the favorite to win the 2020 World Cup.
Stokes was not included in England’s 15-man qualifier because he extended his break from cricket to focus on his mental health, while Archer ruled out after another stress fracture in his right elbow Possibility.
Head coach Chris Silverwood appointed batsman Liam Livingstone and fast bowler Tamar Mills as substitutes for the England team to participate in the event to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman on October 17 World Cup.
“We are certainly one of the most popular teams, we are an excellent team,” Butler said on Saturday. “I know we will miss the two superstars Ben and Chofra, but you still look down on this list. We have some real game winners around us.
“Liam Livingstone, with his performance in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Centurion, he will participate in the World Cup with confidence.
“Seeing Tamal Mills… coming back is a wonderful story for him. He has a left arm angle, extreme speed, he also has a very good slow ball, so he is your team A good person in China will bring a lot of problems.”
England lost to the West Indies in the 2016 T20 World Cup final, but rebounded after winning more than 50 World Cup titles in 2019.
Under the leadership of captain Eoin Morgan, England will face the West Indies in the first match of this year’s T20 World Cup in Dubai on October 23.