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How England’s Twenty20 stars have lost their lustre since the triumph in the West Indies


England ruled the world in May last year but what happened to that team?

1 James Tredwell

Did not make an appearance at the World Twenty20 and his international career has hit a dead end after the World Cup in India. He forced his way into the team as England looked to be exiting at the group stage and took four for 48 in his first match against West Indies. Has since lost his place to Samit Patel.

2 Tim Bresnan

Performed brilliantly during the final two Ashes Tests in Melbourne and Sydney, impressing with his control and movement. Bresnan is a key member of the England side but a calf injury forced him out of the Test series against Sri Lanka. Bresnan is expected to return for Yorkshire next week.

3 Michael Lumb

The Hampshire opener was successful in the Caribbean, consistently helping England make flying starts on flat wickets, but if he had hoped that would be the launch pad for a fruitful international career, he was mistaken. Has not played at all for England since after suffering a broken foot last August.

4 James Anderson

Anderson lost his place at the World Twenty20 to Ryan Sidebottom and since then has enjoyed differing fortunes in Test and one-day cricket. He was outstanding at the Ashes but looked fatigued and out of sorts during the World Cup in India where he was eventually dropped.

5 Stuart Broad

Makes his debut as England’s Twenty20 captain tomorrow and is the team’s leading one-day bowler. Injuries have put back his development over the past eight months but showed signs of form during the last Test. Captaincy is a step into the unknown and he will have to channel his aggression.

6 Graeme Swann

Remains the leading spin bowler in world cricket and an integral part of England’s one-day side. At times during the World Cup he was England’s only threatening bowler, but by the end of the tournament looked tired. India series this summer offers a true challenge against the best players of spin in world cricket.

7 Ravi Bopara

Only played one match, when Pietersen flew home on maternity leave, during World Twenty20 and has been in and out of the England side since. Looked all set to replace Collingwood in Test team before Morgan smashed a hundred for England Lions against Sri Lanka. Form for Essex has been shaky since then.

8 Eoin Morgan

Has gone from strength to strength in all forms of the international game, having scored unbeaten centuries against Australia and Pakistan and four half-centuries. Now considered so indispensable to England at T20 level that he has been appointed the team’s vice-captain and took Collingwood’s place in the Test team.

9 Kevin Pietersen

Form deserted him after his brutal displays in the Caribbean, where he was voted man of the tournament. Poor form last summer cost him his place in the one-day and Twenty20 squads against Pakistan. Scored an Ashes double hundred in Adelaide but was forced to leave the World Cup due to a double hernia.

10 Ajmal Shahzad

Currently enduring a tough season for Yorkshire and has not been selected by England so far this summer with Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes moving ahead of him. Shahzad has struggled with injury and was sent home from Australia and the World Cup with niggles.

11 Craig Kieswetter

A big hit in the West Indies but the past year has not proved kind. Played in last summer’s T20s against Pakistan but failed twice and was not selected for the winter tour of Australia. Has suffered from England’s muddled thinking over who should be their wicketkeeper and must now be hoping for an extended run.

12 Paul Collingwood

Winning the Twenty20 proved Collingwood’s highlight as captain. His form had already deteriorated and, although he was part of the Ashes-winning squad, his contribution was negligible and he announced his retirement from Tests. Failed at the World Cup and was left out of the squad for this series.

13 Michael Yardy

Left the World Cup early suffering from depression and suffered a relapse while playing for Sussex in the Twenty20 Cup. Still not returned to action. Yardy’s slow bowling was a crucial element of England’s success in the West Indies but in the subcontinent 50-over World Cup he was exposed.

14 Luke Wright

Still a regular for England at Twenty20 and one-day international level, although his performances have been inconsistent. Has yet to score a half-century for his country in any format since May 2010 and was only selected for two games at the recent World Cup on the subcontinent.

15 Ryan Sidebottom

The World Twenty20 was a last stand for Sidebottom who retired from international cricket last September aged 32. He continues to play county cricket and left Nottinghamshire for his native Yorkshire during the winter after signing a three-year deal.

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