England cannot be complacent
The second ICC World Twenty20 will get underway today with the first game between England and Netherlands at Lord's.
England have done well so far in the warm-ups winning both their games while Netherlands won one and lost the other.
England will be clear favourites given their experienced squad. The hosts have plenty of all rounders in their ranks. The likes of Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Graeme Swann lend stability to the England line up with their all round skills.
There are powerful hitters like Kevin Pietersen and Owais Shah making England a good batting line. The English bowling is also well served with three quality seamers in James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom.
The Dutch on the other end will be taking this tournament as a learning curve for them. They have one or two notable players in their side like left arm pacer Dirk Nannes who carved out a niche for himself by performing really well at this IPL and Ryan ten Doeschate who has done really well for Essex in county cricket.
But still they are an inexperienced unit overall and England shouldn't have much of a trouble disposing them off. The pitch at Lord's so far hasn't overly been helpful batsmen so a score in between 140 and 150 can be termed as a par score.
If England are to do well at this World Cup Ravi Bopara holds the key for them at the top of the order. After a horrific start to his Test career, Bopara has returned to the side with a bang scoring three successive Test hundreds which has not only given him confidence but has also increased the faith of selectors in him.
Bopara is expected to open the innings. He scored 32 and 60 in the two practice games. Bopara is a steady right-hander with the ability to play according to the situation.
He can also clear the ropes with consummate ease. Apart from his batting Ravi Bopara can also role over his arm with good effect for steady medium pace deliveries.
Although Bopara hasn't played much of international Twenty20 - just two games but he plenty of domestic Twenty20 experience with Essex. Then this year he was hired by King's XI Punjab to play for them in the second edition of Indian Premier League where he played five games and scored 138 runs with a strike rate of 115.96.
Bopara will be a key player for England coming to open the innings.
Bopara will surely find the average Dutch bowling to his liking and would be expected to get England off to a flying start not only in this game but also to the tournament where they are expected to do really well.