Michael Vaughan believes five teams are in contention of winning the T20 World Cup but ‘doesn’t give Australia much chance’.
After the final round of qualifying, the main draw for the World Cup starts on Saturday with Australia facing South Africa and England taking on defending champions West Indies.
England reached the final in 2016 and lifted the trophy in 2010, and are the ‘favourites’ to win this edition, according to Vaughan.
Given their extraordinary squad and the conditions in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, India are fancied to enjoy a productive tournament but Vaughan insists England have a better chance under 50-over World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan.
That is not to say that Vaughan has dismissed India’s chances, with the former captain naming Virat Kohli’s side, West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan as England’s four biggest rivals.
West Indies are the only nation to win more than one T20 World Cup, while England, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka all have one title to their names.
Australia and New Zealand are yet to lift the trophy, with Michael Clarke’s Aussies losing the 2010 final to England and the Black Caps losing two semi-finals.
‘England for me are the favourites. I don’t know how India get the “favourites” tag in T20 cricket,’ Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.
‘I just think they’ve been a long way off in the last few tournaments. The pitches will be interesting because they’ve been used and slow [during the Indian Premier League]. I think 150-160 might be defendable scores.
‘West Indies and Pakistan will be threats. I wouldn’t write off Pakistan either. New Zealand have high-class players and you know they will come up with strategies to win games.
‘I’ll say it now, I don’t give Australia much chance. In T20 cricket they’ve struggled. Glenn Maxwell’s exceptional so he will have to have an incredible tournament.
‘But I don’t see the Aussies doing too much. England, India, West Indies, New Zealand, one of those four and maybe Pakistan because of the conditions.’
England are bidding to become the first team to hold both white-ball world titles, following their victory in the 50-over World Cup in 2019.
Morgan will have to cope with the absence of star all-rounder Ben Stokes and fast bowler Jofra Archer, but Vaughan insists England still have a ‘really strong squad’ which is more than capable of winning the competition.
‘I think T20 is unpredictable because you do need an element of fortune to go your way,’ the Ashes-winning captain added.
‘In 50-over cricket, the best team generally wins. But in T20 cricket, an individual can have a burst with the bat or ball and win the game.
‘I do think you need some luck. You need your star players to be in fine form, not many of England’s players did much in the IPL.
‘Eoin Morgan led Kolkata [Knight Riders] to the final and captained brilliantly, but with the bat he did nothing.
‘England have everything covered. Jofra Archer is a big miss, as is Ben Stokes, but it’s a really strong squad.’
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