The English team has gotten off to a poor start in the Super Eight at the T20 World Cup. India put a 90-run beatdown on the boys from Britain, preceded by a 15-run loss to the West Indies.
There is still some hope left, but there is little time to waste. If the English fail to play up to their standards, they will be on a plane home in short order.
Yet, there are a few reasons why the English can rebound and bring home the cup.
Knowing How To Win Is Invaluable
The Brits are the defending champs, and, as such, have worn a target on their back throughout the tournament. Playing poorly is fine in the early rounds, but there aren't any slouches in the Super Eight.
The mental toughness required to win the last World Cup needs to be resurrected. They understand what they must do to win, and that will provide an edge over New Zealand, in what has essentially become an elimination match.
No More Room For Excuses
Perhaps having their backs against the wall will give them the proper motivation needed to put forth their best play. All the scenarios have become irrelevant and the tournament can be boiled down to the following:
Win, and you keep playing. Lose, and watch someone else take home the trophy that the British so recently earned.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand are obviously two of the better squads in the world or they wouldn't have made it to the Super Eight. Now that there is no wiggle room, England must perform their best.
Some teams thrive under pressure, so let's see if the Brits have the proper mettle.
The English Still have the Talent
The roster isn't devoid of talent. Besides all their homegrown talent, the English continue to add Irish players, such as Eion Morgan.
Between their talent, championship pedigree and motivation, there is still a glimmer of optimism surrounding the Brits.
It's all at their feet, but they must execute.