England will square off against West Indies in their first match of T20 World Cup 2016 at Mumbai © Getty Images
England will square off against West Indies in their first match of T20 World Cup 2016 at Mumbai © Getty Images

Having won the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) title in 2010, England have been unable to carry forward the legacy in the next World T20 tournaments. They did end 2015 on a good note by winning the series against Pakistan in UAE, compared to the poor start they made in the year in the ICC World Cup 2015. England began 2016 touring to South Africa, ultimately losing the T20I series. Despite their fluctuating performances, England have entered T20 World Cup 2016 on a positive note winning both warm-up matches against New Zealand (by margin of 6 wickets) and against Mumbai Cricket Association XI (by 14 runs), which had mixed bag of England as well as Mumbai team players led by Shreyas Iyer and England led by Eoin Morgan respectively. FULL SCORECARD: England vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 15 at Mumbai 

With the way England have commenced their performance in this tournament, could they be the dark horse this time? England have perfectly balanced side which can take them till the end of the tournament. They have in-form players, with Jason Roy giving a perfect start in the first warm-up match, Adil Rashid helping England to win the clash. In the same contest, David Willey recorded a hat-trick, though he played for MCA XI. Here is a look at likely XI that England may play in their first match of World T20 2016:

Top-Order: The top three batsmen Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Joe Root have given impressive start to England in T20I matches so far. Alex Hales has been consistent with his performance be it T20 series against Pakistan or against South Africa recently.  Hales has been in terrific form, he has a total 1,154 with 116 not out in T20Is so far. Hales impressed with a splendid 112 on the tour of South Africa. And then there is Jason Roy, who too has been taking giant strides in international cricket. These three are a lot different from the English batsmen of past, and England have been benefitted immensely with their rise. Joe Root has also been successful in the recent South Africa tour scoring two back-to-back centuries in ODIs and can play a vital role for England in World T20. READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: How much have England improved since last global cricket

Middle-Order: Eoin Morgan has not been at his best in T20Is, and in the recent series against South Africa, a total of just 48 runs is a matter of concern as England proceeds to T20 World Cup 2016. But he remains ahead of Hales with total runs of 1,333 in T20Is. The next batsmen could be juggled between Jos Buttler and Sam Billings. Buttler has been the top choice for England always, and and Billings has proven his worth too. Buttler has been in form, he scored 54 against South Africa in 2nd T20I at Johannesburg. READ: England team in ICC T20 World Cup 2016, Preview: England will look to emulate 2010 

Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali come in handy as they are not only excellent bowlers but also good with bat in death overs. If the top order crumbles, these two can lead the match to give some finishing touch. Stokes scored a half-century in the ODI against South Africa at Centurion and Moeen’s presence proves the middle order’s strength.

Lower-Order: England’s lower order plays a major role in their victories. Two important players, David Willey and Reece Topley, are the ice breakers for England’s T20I innings. Willey’s recent hat-trick success has already put up high responsibilities on his shoulders as they face West Indies on Wednesday. Willey is someone who regularly chips in with wickets as he grabbed 3 wickets against Pakistan in UAE tour. Topley has been moving on similar page, grabbing 3 wickets against Pakistan and in the recent warm-up matches he played crucial role picking 2 wickets each against New Zealand as well as against MCA XI. England’s pace bowler Chris Jordan, and Adil Rashid, who took three wickets against New Zealand in warm-up could be in contention for a spot too.

England’s Likely XI: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid.

(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)