Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Bullying Their Way to T20 Glory but Must Stop the Rollickings; Colly's Men Resemble Aussies as They Head for Final Clash with Their Ashes Rivals but Shouting at Each Other over Mistakes Is Taking It Too Far

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Bullying Their Way to T20 Glory but Must Stop the Rollickings; Colly's Men Resemble Aussies as They Head for Final Clash with Their Ashes Rivals but Shouting at Each Other over Mistakes Is Taking It Too Far

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Byline: Jonathan Agnew BBC Cricket Correspondent

THE way England have played in the World Twenty20 is the closest they have ever come to resembling an Australian side in terms of character and this is a tournament they can undoubtedly win.

I have seen England win Ashes series but if you watch a successful Australian side, they are all over the opposition. They are busy, they bully, they don't let you go -- and this England side have looked very similar to that.

It's the first time I've really seen England play that way. They're absolutely ruthless, they are full of confidence, they know they can win and they look a superb side. Everyone has been quite surprised by the way in which they have played so far but the best thing for their prospects was beating New Zealand without Kevin Pietersen. It was very important for the confidence of the side to show they can achieve victory without him.

The players now know they can win without him and he knows that, too, which can be quite a wake-up call for the star player in any team.

Just look at the way England have batted here in the West Indies. I am uncomfortable with the number of South Africa-raised players in the team but that is a different issue.

Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter have provided the sort of start that England have never had in one-day cricket -- aggressive, intimidating, and taking the attack to the bowlers.

Pietersen has been outstanding and hopefully he will play in today's semifinal against Sri Lanka after rushing back to England for the birth of his son.

Eoin Morgan has shown that he is a very clever player. When you bat at No5 in Twenty20, the whole innings revolves around you. Sometimes you might come in with the score at 100 for three with 10 overs left and at others it might be 60 for three with 14 overs left.

He can play in different ways but still scores at a run a ball and has proved he is a very strong character. He has not shown a technique for Test cricket yet, but he has excellent mental strength, which is a vital attribute to be successful at that level. …

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