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T20 World Cup winner and former England fast-bowler Ryan Sidebottom believes that The Three Lions can repeat their 2010 heroics and win the T20 World Cup for a second time. Sidebottom, who played a key role in their 2010 triumph, also praised former cricketer Paul Collingwood, saying that he guided the team brilliantly during the competition in West Indies.
Collingwood, who was captain of the team that won the T20 World Cup, is a specialist consultant to the One-Day and T20 teams and is a key part of England's back-room staff at present. Speaking to the Mirror, Sidebottom said, "Paul Collingwood's guidance through that tournament (T20 World Cup 2010) was absolutely brilliant."
"He backed us as good players and got us to play a brand of cricket that Eoin Morgan has got the team playing now. It will do them no harm to have Colly in the backroom team urging them on and being positive."
"He is an infectious character, but a very calm bloke who lets players enjoy themselves and relax away from the game. He just wanted players to give it their best shot and that no-fear attitude is so important."
"I'm looking at this current England side and I'm seeing a few similarities in that it is very balanced, they've got most bases covered and their approach to the game is spot on. There are few expectations on England's shoulders in a tournament where they will do well to get out of their group, but they also have players capable of something special."
England's new aggressive approach has been praised by a number of fans and experts, but it remains to be seen how they adapt to the Indian conditions, where the pitches are expected to favour spinners and slow bowlers.
The Three Lions are drawn in Group 1 of the main draw along with West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. They play their first game against the West Indies on 16 March, Wednesday at Mumbai.