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In Case You Missed It: England add to their cup collection, India, New Zealand seek answers

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The England players celebrate with the trophy, England vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup final, Melbourne, November 13, 2022

Their cup of tea: England make it two for two  •  Associated Press

Last week, England became the first team to simultaneously hold the 50-over and 20-over World Cups after they cruised to an easy victory over Pakistan in the final. But there was little rest for the victors and losers alike as they stumbled headlong into more cricket - an ODI series against Australia for England, T20Is for India and New Zealand. Here's the round-up of all the action this week and a look back at what went right, and wrong, for sides at the T20 World Cup.
Sam Curran and Ben Stokes the heroes of the final as England break Pakistan hearts
In the end England made light work of the chase after Adil Rashid spun a web to restrict Pakistan to 130 and Sam Curran delivered at the death for the ODI champions to take the T20 crown too. The England way, as Sidharth Monga writes, is the template other teams could learn from, and Matt Roller says their grit, depth and brilliance shows it's no flash in the pan. Mark Nicholas concurs and says where England have won is in having most of their bases covered and their split-coach method is one other sides will want to look at emulating. Vithushan Ehantharajah says credit must also go to newly minted captain Jos Buttler who has come of age in his new role. Alan Gardner, meanwhile, has the warm fuzzies from watching England poach, plunder and maul their way to this World Cup win.
Pakistan's qudrat crashes in the face of England's calculation
Pakistan rode a wave of sentiment and nostalgia for 1992 to the final, but England's cold, hard pragmatism proved an insurmountable breakwater, says Danyal Rasool. Pakistan might yet have had a chance but Shaheen Afridi - who'd gone from injury rust to purple patch in the course of the tournament - injured himself again at what turned out to be the pivotal point of the match.
David Warner, Steve Smith star as Australia ease to six-wicket win
England had barely time to draw a breath before Australia were upon them, and despite a valiant century by Dawid Malan, Warner and Smith pounced on the inexperienced England bowling to win the first ODI. For England's squad - a mix of those who played in the T20 World Cup and new faces - this limbo series exists in two extremes. For players like James Vince, who wasn't at the World Cup and was dropped for the English summer, it's a chance to force themselves into contention for the 2023 World Cup.
How do India get the best out of Rishabh Pant the T20 batter?
As the losing semi-finalists of the World Cup face off in a three-match T20I series, it's an opportunity for the team management to define his role clearly in the shortest format.
India's T20 approach needs a reboot, not a refresh
Sambit Bal weighs in on India's run in the T20 World Cup and says it is ironic and galling that they have lagged behind in both the physical and mental aspects of playing T20 cricket.
Which was the only team at this T20 World Cup to lose a match by over 100 runs?
How closely did you follow this edition of the tournament? Take our quiz and find out.
How have first-innings numbers influenced the course of Tests?
Anantha Narayanan's analysis looks at how some teams have gone on to lose despite scoring big and others have bounced back from scores of as low as 45 to clinch wins.
Which players have appeared in the most World Cup finals?
And has any team made more than England's 170 to win a T20I by ten wickets? World Cup questions and more answered by Steven Lynch in his weekly column.
How working on his mind helped Shane Watson access his technical skills better
The former Australia and IPL allrounder, who has a new book out, spoke with Karthik Krishnaswamy about how he turned himself into a top-tier T20 batter in his 30s.