The England men hold both the T20I and ODI World Cup titles, the first time a men’s team has done so in history.
For six years England have been close to the pinnacle of white ball play.
Under Eoin Morgan, England reached the T20 World Cup final in 2016, won the Cricket World Cup in 2019, reached the last four in the United Arab Emirates a year ago and now, with Jos Buttler in charge, they have a second T20 World Cup title to their name.
No other team has been able to match this level of dominance, and it has been achieved by altering England’s approach to white-ball cricket.
Gone is the conservative, safety-focused approach that characterized previous decades of World Cup performance.
England are now synonymous with aggressive, hard-hitting cricket – the kind of front-foot tactics that saw them set the standard in world cricket.
“I think the perception of our team has changed a lot over the past few years,” captain Jos Buttler said after lifting the T20 World Cup trophy at the MCG.
“We certainly didn’t play it safe, and we’ve had results doing that.
“We know we’ve always tried to push the envelope, tried to get ahead of the rest of the world and be braver than anyone else, and we’ll take whatever comes of it.
“We know we’re going to slip up along the way, but we certainly trust this method and it’s served us well, and we trust it in big games as well.”
England’s extraordinary batting strength from deep has been their forte for most of the past six years.
But it was the bowlers who excelled in the final against Pakistan on Sunday, and the bowling unit in general was the choice of the field throughout the tournament in Australia.
And Buttler says it’s the depth of talent and determination of so many players to get fit in time that has helped England perform so brilliantly on the ball.
“I think the depth of the bowling has been incredible. I think our bowling has gotten better and better, and I think that’s why we’re sitting here as champions to be honest.
“Sam Curran stepped up and was an absolute eye opener,” Buttler continued. “He’s a brilliant cricketer. He loves those moments of crisis. He’s deserved Player of the Tournament for that, and we’re very proud to have him in our team.
“I think you can’t underestimate the hard work that people have put in, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes coming back from injuries to get to this point, Chris Jordan also being injured, to get to this point the guys have been injured during the World Cup. Just an amazing effort from everyone.
Much of England’s dominance in the game of white ball came under the guidance of Eoin Morgan, the former captain.
But Morgan’s retirement earlier this year saw Buttler asked to take on the leadership role.
And, just six months after his appointment, the new England captain led his side to the World Cup title.
Buttler believes the time together in Pakistan and in a three-game series against Australia before the tournament helped to bond the group together and develop trust in the new coach, captain and management group.
“I think relationships take time. As you get to know people better and better, you build trust. I would say the Pakistan tour for the band, not just me and the coach, but everyone involved, it seemed like a really good tour. Lots of links built.
“I thought we had started playing really good cricket there again. We arrived in Australia full of confidence. I thought the series we played before the World Cup against Australia, we played really good cricket.
“Sometimes it takes a bit of time to get to know people well and feel comfortable, and there’s so much talent in the group that once you feel comfortable, you’re a dangerous team. “