So, a good win against the Windies secures a series win, and England have followed that up by revealing a shortlist for the forthcoming T20 world cup. This provides an opportune moment to review how The Village Cricketer’s blueprint for success in the limited overs form of the game is taking shape.

To recap: in April 2007 TVC selected a 15-man squad that has the potential to win the next one. Nine of the 15 are currently in the mix, and it is possibly only Ian Blackwell and Ricky Clarke that could be ruled out at this stage. Those in the current England plans are:

Andrew Flintoff – the most important player in the England side at present, in all forms of the game

Kevin Pietersen – his reputation has taken a battering but KP is still there, and likely to stay there and keep scoring runs

Ian Bell – had a good World Cup in 2007, but Belly has gone off the boil. Still has class and potential but he needs to score big runs to get his place back and then score big for England when he gets it

Ravi Bopara – made some good runs in the Windies and has bagged the opening spot. TVC expects he’ll score big with an extended run in the side

Paul Collingwood – OK so he will probably not be captain, but he should be there as a batter alone. Good innings in the crunch match against the Windies again showed he has the balls in the tough situations

Matt Prior – in, out, in, out. He’s now in and scoring runs. Keeping has improved too. Good stuff

Stuart Broad – still has pace and bounce, is a good fielder and can still hold a bat. Has also secured a place in the England team for the foreseeable

Jimmy Anderson – Flintoff aside, Jimmy is now the best bowler in the England team, even when it doesn’t swing

Luke Wright – almost back in the fold for the T20 World Cup, needs an extended run to show his class

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