Ryan's Column:
Twenty20 Mania

Comment and Analysis | 26th May 2010

The Notts boys canít wait until Huss (David Hussey) gets over here so we can keep reminding him of Englandís win over Australia!

But, in all seriousness, it will be great to welcome him back to Trent Bridge ahead of the Outlawsí T20 campaign.

This yearís Friends Provident t20 could be very exciting for Notts with the side that has been put together.

The crowds at Trent Bridge are always amazing and I think there could be a buzz in the air because of what the England team has just done.

I think people rate our chances this summer, especially as Notts will be able to call on Dirk Nannes, who has bowled so well for Australia.

But these competitions are all about playing as a team and being consistent.

On paper, we have got one of the best squad available and Iím hoping I will be part of that.

But no one great player makes a team, even if they help your chances, and we will need everyone to perform if we are to make progress.

Certainly Huss, as captain, will have us ready.

The crowds at Trent Bridge are always amazing and I think there could be a buzz in the air because of what the England team has just done.

ItíS been absolutely manic in the week-and-a-bit since the England team won the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

Itís been terrific how many people have come up to congratulate me, wherever I have been.

I think there are a lot of people who didnít watch cricket before who know about us now, which has to be a good thing.

I think our success has rubbed off on a lot of people.

Everything we did, we did together as a team and to win an international tournament for the first time in 35 years was a great achievement.

We beat all of the best teams in claiming the trophy and we beat some of them quite convincingly.

I donít think you can get any better than beating the Aussies in the final.

The Ashes may not be too far away, but that wasnít something we thought about going into that match.

It was more about making the most of a chance to win a major competition and we were really pumped up when he heard the national anthem, with hundreds and hundreds of England fans in the stands.

It was great that we produced the goods when we need to, under pressure. We played the same great cricket we had done throughout the competition.

Everyone got on very well, which was important. Of course, itís easier when you are winning games.

People might not have considered us to be major challengers, but we showed we are a force to be reckoned with.

England have been known as a team who might make it through to the semis or the final and then fall at those hurdles.

But we put a settled team together and carried out our game plans very well.

I think we deserved to win it. There was a lot of attention to detail in the way we went about things.

The celebrations were great fun Ė what I can remember of them, anyway!

After the game we were all singing the team song and later we went out and were singing Queenís ĎWe are the Championsí at the top of our voices, stood on tables.

I think all the lads tried to stay out for as long as they could, but a few of them were early to bed after their exertions and most of the squad were back around midnight.

It was good to mix with the fans and also the Aussies who came down and said well done to us.

I donít think it has quite sunk in what we have achieved just yet, that will only come over time.

But it is something no-one will ever be able to take away from me now. Itís about as good as it gets.

There are other things I still want to achieve, but it is fantastic to be able to say you have won a World Cup.

Iím hoping Notts Outlaws can have just as much success this summer as England.

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