Winfield has been a part of England's T20 side since 2013 (PA Images)
16 February 2020

England's Laura Winfield feels T20 World Cup will be the 'best we've ever had'

England's Laura Winfield believes her side have as good a chance as ever of winning the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Lisa Keightley's side had mixed results in their recent tri-series with Australia and India, winning and losing to both.

But despite the inconsistent preparations, Winfield is excited at the talent that is in the England team.

She said: “I don’t think we know how good we can be yet. That’s a really exciting space for us to be in.

“We’ve had a change in coach and also our batting order, while there are also a few young players who have come in which has changed the dynamic within the team - it looks completely different to the one we had at the last T20 World Cup in 2018.

“We haven’t been together as a T20 side for very long so we don’t really know what we can do yet.

“The tri-series was a good measure of where we’re at. We’ll take massive confidence from beating Australia in the Super Over and knowing we can get over the line when playing the favourites. It was the best preparation we could have possibly had.”

Australia are the overwhelming favourites to retain the T20 World Cup in what would be their fifth trophy out of seven tournaments.

Meanwhile, England have not lifted the trophy since 2009 and were beaten in the final by their Aussie rivals two years ago.

But Winfield feels the skills of England's current team are fitting of a team that can go all the way in 2020.

“I think this will be the best World Cup we’ve ever had," she added. "With this format, in this country and with the groups as they are - it’s going to be the hottest tournament ever.

“T20 is such a fast, razzmatazz format of the game. Every team was put under the pump in the tri-series, we know it always has the chance of coming down to a last-over finish, whether you’re batting or bowling.

“It’s not just about two teams anymore but everyone is going to be a real contest. That’s absolutely what we want. We want to be pushed to the limits every single time we play.”

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