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CRICKET BY GRAHAM THOMAS ENGLAND insider Robert Croft still believes Eoin Morgan's men will rule the world next month - despite their setbacks in South Africa.

The former Test spinner has just returned from a month working on the tour as a bowling consultant under head coach Trevor Bayliss.

The trip might have nosedived, with five straight defeats in the past two weeks, but Croft believes the team ethic instilled under Bayliss can still enable England to achieve glory at the World T20, which starts in India on Tuesday week.

"You never get the impression any more that anyone is out there just for their own ends," said Croft. "There is a collective goal. They are buying into what the team is about, and I see them becoming the No.1 team in the world."

Croft added: "England are excellent. Eoin Morgan [inset] comes across as a very good leader.

"It is a relaxed, but ambitious group. And 'relaxed' means that they are encouraged to believe in their abilities and not worry about failing." Croft's time in South Africa was spent advising England's spin pair Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid - and he reckons both must go to India with unshakeable self-belief.

Croft said. "One-day batting is a lot about six-hitting. So, you need a big heart as a spin bowler. It is not easy seeing that ball going over the boundary, you must have the ice 'upstairs' to keep your cool. And both those players will be OK."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2016
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