Michael Hussey names Australia and India as the favourites to win the ICC World T20 2016. © Getty Images

Former Australia player Michael Hussey names Australia and India as the favourites to win the ICC World T20 2016. However, he rates England as the event’s dark horse. Hussey, popularly known as Mr. 360, has been assigned as a consultant of the Australian team for the first two weeks of the tournament. Hussey believes England coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Eoin Morgan will play a vital role in England’s success this summer. Both Bayliss and Morgan have played a major part in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While Bayliss guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two championships, Morgan was a part of KKR, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

“They (Morgan and Bayliss) are two guys who are going to keep things very calm,” Hussey told The Daily Mail UK,” adding, “T20 cricket is high stress, high profile and high-octane, and sometimes, you can get carried away with that emotion whether things are going really well or poorly. You can really ride those huge waves and I think those two guys in the leadership roles will be very calm throughout the whole campaign.”

Hussey applauds England’s talent and potential in the shortest format of the game. “I definitely think they can win it. There’s so much talent and ability in that England squad.”

England suffered a 2-0 drubbing at the hands of South Africa earlier this year. Having played with Morgan for the Sydney Thunder in the KFC Big Bash League 2014-15, Hussey believes in Morgan’s leadership qualities and has potential to emulate 2010 triumph. “He was fantastic around the dressing-room, really tried to impart his knowledge and experience onto our younger guys, who really were hanging off every word he was saying. But then as a player I really loved watching him bat because you just don’t know where he’s going to hit it. When he’s on song and firing he can be extremely destructive. He’s played some of the best T20 innings I’ve ever seen,” Hussey concluded.