KARACHI, PAKISTAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam of Pakistan touch bats during the 2nd IT20 between Pakistan and England at Karachi National Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

With the Men's T20 World Cup starting on Saturday, we assess the five teams who can knock Australia off its pedestal and win the tournament down under.

In no particular order, these are the nations who will make some serious noise as they look to snatch the title from the hosts.


1. England

England have all the ingredients to claim its second T20 World Cup. Coming off a thrilling series win against Pakistan and most recently beating Australia, this side is set to cause havoc.

The batting has tremendous depth with the destructive opening pair of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, and the recent return of Ben Stokes along with Harry Brook, Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan. This English lineup bats even deeper to the one who narrowly lost the 2016 World Cup final to the West Indies.

In last year's World Cup in the UAE, England had no problems in destructing opponents with the ball as Chris Woakes, Tymal Mills, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid were key in its success. In particular in its routings of the West Indies and eventual champions Australia.

During the recent series against Pakistan, England got even contributions with the bat from Harry Brook (238 runs), Ben Duckett (233 runs), Dawid Malan (174 runs) and Philip Salt (167 runs). And with the ball, Sam Curran and David Willey (seven wickets each), Mark Wood (six wickets), and Reece Topley (five wickets) will play important roles.

With a vast array of depth in both the batting and bowling departments, it won't be a surprise to see England advancing past the group stage. Add to this, the quicker Australian pitches should aid the big-hitting of Buttler, Hales, Stokes, and Malan.