Right through the five-match T20I series against India, England captain Eoin Morgan insisted that his team viewed the outings as a great chance to prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year.
True to form, England played a strong unchanged eleven in the majority of the matches, kept the batting order constant, and even stuck to its preferred route of choosing to field when the toss went Morgan’s way.
The series may have been lost 2-3, but the visitor finished with a good understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.
India, on the other hand, took a more fluid approach. This leg was used as a chance to test new talent, and a new ‘baggage-free’ aggressive batting style.
Planning for the World Cup was not of utmost priority, a point underlined by vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who stated on Saturday that there was still a long way to go.