The World Twenty20 has just got underway in Sri Lanka, and the trophy is really up for grabs.
There are no clear favourites to claim the prize, with many of the nations clearly well matched and the unpredictable nature of this format of the game making choosing a winner anyone’s guess.
Those looking to bet at Bet Victor will note that England came out on top two years ago in the Caribbean, despite not being initially fancied before the tournament, and many bookies feel that they will have to upset the odds once again if they are to defend their crown this time.
The English can be seen as far out as 7/1 with many bookmakers, a long way off the pace of the likes of Sri Lanka, South Africa and India who are much more fancied at around 4/1.
However, few can argue that England have a very talented side at their disposal and as shown in the West Indies, seem to embrace the role of underdog. These two components ensure that England will be a match for anyone, and if their key players fire; they could be in with a real chance.
In truth, it has been a year to forget for the English in other formats of the sport after losing their number one test ranking and seemingly paying more attention to events off the pitch rather than on it, but the influx of exciting talent into the twenty20 team has helped to raise spirits.
A lot will depend on the form of Jos Buttler in the middle order, whose remarkable innings against South Africa at Edgbaston last week confirmed just why the England selectors have been prepared to be so patient with him.
Up until that point, Buttler had promised a lot but delivered very little, but his display of sumptuous hitting against the Proteas will have gone a long way to put pay to all those who had questioned his place in the side.
Besides Buttler, another bright spark has been the emergence of Danny Briggs who has seamlessly adjusted to life on the international stage. Online betting at Bet Victor suggests he could be involved quite a bit in the next two weeks too.
The young spin bowler has added another dimension to England’s attack, and could even feature alongside Graeme Swann and Samit Patel if England choose to employ three spinners on Sri Lanka’s notoriously slow turning tracks.
It seems that England have a healthy blend of experience and fledgling talent and if it all comes together as one cohesive unit, they may not be about to loosen their hands on the trophy just yet.