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ICC World Twenty 20: England captain Eoin Morgan says team can take on the world

By Rory Dollard

England captain Eoin Morgan believes his World Twenty20 squad are a different proposition to the sides that crashed and burned in previous tournaments.

A first chance to prove the skipper right comes today, with a Super 10 clash against the unpredictable West Indies in Mumbai, a game Morgan is approaching in good heart.

He was at the crease when the Three Lions won the competition in 2010, still the country's only major piece of ICC silverware, but has experienced his fair share of disappointment since.

A quarter-final exit at the 2011 World Cup has been the side's next best showing on the global stage, with England comfortably outgunned and outsmarted at the next two World T20s and then embarrassingly bundled out of last year's World Cup at the group stage.

A period of change followed, with Trevor Bayliss replacing Peter Moores as head coach. Of the 15 men on duty in India, six are contesting their first major tournament and just six others were at the last World Cup.

Bayliss has favoured younger heads, adventurous techniques and more dynamic performers, a blend that enthuses Morgan.

"This feels different," he said. "We've a different group of players. It's a new energy. It's an exciting time for English cricket given the talent that we have and the attitude. It certainly feels different in that regard.

"We're a developing side, a young side, and I think the more experience we gain the smarter the cricket that we'll play."

England know they will face explosive players, with Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy capable of brutal hitting.

"They have a number of dangerous players, the West Indies have been a strong side in the past," Morgan added of the 2012 winners. "They have a number of individual players who are very strong. But it's important for us to focus on what we do best.

"The first game is tough but it's not the be all and end all.

"It's about pacing yourself, picking up confidence and putting in performances."

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