Michael Vaughan believes England can challenge for glory at the ICC World Twenty20 due to the strength of their batting line-up.

The former England skipper identified Kevin Pietersen’s well-being and the new-look opening partnership of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb as vital components for the campaign in the West Indies.

England have failed to make a significant run in either of the two World Twenty20 competitions so far played, most recently on home ground last summer.

And they are also still searching for a first ICC tournament trophy in their history.

“This is the third World Cup, and in the last two I never thought we had a squad good enough to go and compete,” Vaughan said.

“This is the first time I have got excited about the England squad coming into the T20 World Cup. For the first time we have guys in the batting with power from one to seven.”