England skipper Eoin Morgan feels that The Three Lions have a great chance of winning the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup in India, however the lack of quick bowling options or the third bowler may hamper them in the long run.
Speaking to Nasser Hussain during an interview with The Daily Mail, Morgan said ''I think our batting is very strong, so that box is ticked. Our spinners have been doing wonders in Twenty20 cricket and that's a huge key for us, but one area where we've been less fortunate is our quick bowlers. Steven Finn and Mark Wood have been injured and we do need a quick in there.''
This comment might surprise a few, considering the number of quick bowlers who are waiting in the wings, someone like Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan or Liam Plunkett who are yet to get a regular run in the shorter formats of the game. A look at the England T20 and One Day International (ODI) squads from their current tour of South Africa show that the visitors have six quick bowlers in their ranks with Broad and Plunkett yet to get a game.
Whether England's bowling stocks are depleted is a discussion best left for another time, what is not in doubt however is their batting, which is looking very strong. In Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Alex Hales, Jason Roy and the captain himself, England have one of the most exciting line-ups in recent history, while the magnificent Joe Root is the glue that holds them together.
Their aggressive approach, which is widely praised now, came about largely due to their disastrous performance at the 2015 World Cup, something which Morgan had to decide on."I like to think the change came when we chased down 350 against New Zealand at Trent Bridge last summer in nearly 40 overs.
"And the game at Southampton was a big stepping stone because we got bowled out for around 300 with three or four overs left. Previously we'd talk about creeping up to par whereas then we vowed to get as many as we could regardless of the overs."
Staying on the topic of the World Cup, the skipper agreed that they were very unprepared beforehand, "The reason we underperformed at the World Cup was because we were underperforming for two years previously. We were playing the wrong type of cricket and probably had the wrong attitude, too."
Morgan, who is very critical of the English domestic scene, further added, "I will continue to be critical until it changes. Yes, we have talented players who are products of our system, but our system is still flawed. How good would our players be if our system was not five years behind everyone else's?
"That's the question I want to ask as opposed to being happy with what we've got. It took a battering at the World Cup to change everything. I'm delighted with how things are going, but it could be even better."
Finally when asked if England's most talked-about cricketer Kevin Pietersen could make a comeback, the answer was an unequivocal no, "That door is completely shut. Kevin will not be picked."
England have been drawn in Group B in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 along with South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and winner of first round group of matches between the associate nations. The tournament will start in exactly a month's time on 8 March.