We are gathering momentum nicely, says Morgan ahead of T20 World Cup

England skipper Eoin Morgan, whose team lost in the final of the last edition of the tournament in 2016 to the West Indies, stressed on the importance of continuing to play in the manner it has in the last two years.

The 34-year-old skipper feels adapting to the conditions in the UAE, where England has not played a T20 International since 2015, will be one of the key factors for the team in the tournament.   -  Action Images via Reuters

England captain Eoin Morgan says his team is "gathering momentum nicely" as the last edition's runner-up hopes to improve its showing in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

The big-ticket event was moved out of India due to the COVID-19 threat. It will be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

Morgan, whose team lost to the West Indies in the 2016 T20 WC final, stressed the importance of continuing to play in the manner it has in the last two years.

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"I think our biggest strength is the consistency with which we've performed over the last two years. I think in T20 cricket because the game can change quite quickly and there's a huge group of talented teams within our group, I think every game is important to us," said Morgan during a chat with the ICC on Friday.

The 34-year-old skipper feels adapting to the conditions in the UAE, where England has not played a T20 International since 2015, will be one of the key factors for the team in the tournament.

"I think we're gathering momentum nicely, and the important side to that from our perspective is that we're continuously trying to get better and learn as we go on, simply because the tournament is held away from home. We're really looking forward to it."

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In 2016, England finished runner-up as Carlos Brathwaite smashed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in a dramatic last over of the final to take the West Indies to a title triumph.

"The evolution of T20 cricket and the role it's played in our great game is hugely significant for the development of the game and the popularity of the game. It's huge. It's been a long time coming. We haven't had one since 2016," said Morgan.

South Africa and Australia join England and the West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 12s along with the two yet-to-be-determined qualifiers from Round 1 for this year's men's T20 World Cup.

England will open its campaign in the 2021 edition of the tournament against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi on October 23.

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