England will be one of five nations bidding to become the first multiple winner of the World T20 when the 2016 tournament gets underway in India. However, they first must focus on ending their five-game losing streak in white-ball cricket.
Having dropped the final three games of the ODI series against South Africa to lose 3-2, Eoin Morgan’s young bucks then suffered consecutive defeats to the Proteas in the shortest form of the game.
As those two T20Is stand as the most meaningful preparation the squad will have for the World Cup, with just two warm up matches to come, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Three Lions’ outright price drift.
But in actual fact, England’s odds to win a second World T20 crown have increased by Ladbrokes’ own doing.
As of 9am on Monday March 7, Morgan’s men will be a price-boosted 8/1 to claim the trophy in India.
That price is stretched from the 13/2 originally quoted about the boys in royal blue, which had them as fourth favourites for the tournament.
Despite the disappointing preparation, England remained a well-fancied outfit in the competition because of the youthful makeup of their squad and fearless brand of cricket preached by their captain.
The likes of Alex Hales and Jason Roy set the aggressive tone at the top of the batting order and the foot-to-the-floor mentality is taken on by Morgan, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes further down.
With the ball, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid provide wicket-taking spin and Chris Jordan, Reece Topley and David Willey are a varied seam attack.
Although still relatively green, the young core has the base-level ability required to go on a run in T20 cricket and as such are a feared outfit for the tournament.
The three teams Ladbrokes give a better chance of glory to in their outright market are hosts India, who won inaugural World Cup in 2007, the in-form South Africans and Steve Smith’s Australia, who are bidding for a maiden success.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.