Right from the inception of ICC World T20, England have been a consistent performer in the tournament and lifted the coveted trophy once, back in 2010. England is among those teams who are never predicted to be the favourites going into the tournament. They are a formidable Test side and have earned enormous success with the red ball but have failed to replicate the magic in shorter formats. ICC World T20 2016, South Africa overview: Perennial favourites will look to banish the ‘chokers’ tag

With the sixth edition of ICC World T20 2016 in progress, England once again stand a chance to repeat their heroics which they achieved six years back. All the marquee teams are equally balanced and have enough gun powder in their cannon to take on any team in the Indian sub-continent.

England have had a prolific run in the T20Is in the recent times, barring the two-match series against South Africa. They have a young talented side along with some established players who have read the game really well. Eoin Morgan will lead the side and will have a task in hand in the tricky Indian conditions. ICC World T20 2016, Sri Lanka overview: Difficult transition hurting the team

The English squad hails of some big names like Joe Root, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali with some young guns who are hungry to prove their worth in such format.

Their batting order looks settled with the likes of Hales and Root at the top followed by Morgan, Buttler and Stokes in the middle. They have solid depth in their batting as most of their bowlers are pretty decent with the bat. ICC World T20 2016, Pakistan overview: The unpredictable team in an unpredictable format

Players like Ali and Stokes will be the key for England as they are equally effective with bat and ball. Ali will have a role to play in the spinning Indian conditions. Their bowling too looks complacent with Plunkett, Reece Topley and Chris Jordan in the line up.

They will kick start the tournament by locking horns with West Indies on March 16 in Mumbai. They will play their next three games against South Africa and a qualifier, followed by Sri Lanka.

England have tough competitors in their group and cannot afford to put a foot wrong in the entire group stage. The game against South Africa will be the real test as the latter are also one of the favourites going into the tournament. The English side have a well polished potent team who can do wonders in this format. They will look forward to put up a valiant show and clinch the title for the record second time.

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(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)