Darren Gough has praised England 's bowling attack for being behind their "unbelievable" start at the T20 World Cup.

England are bidding to become double world champions this year, having won the 50-over World Cup in 2019, and they currently sit top of their Super 12 group.

Eoin Morgan's side enjoyed a dominant five-wicket win over reigning champions the West Indies in their opening game, bowling them out for just 55 - the third-lowest total in tournament history.

They followed it up with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh, restricting them to just 124-9 in their innings.

And Gough has been impressed by England's start to the tournament, telling Mirror Sport at the launch of Booking.com 's luxury T20 Pavilion : "It has been two unbelievable performances from England so far.

England have enjoyed the perfect start to their T20 World Cup campaign, comprehensively beating the West Indies and Bangladesh in their opening two games (

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"I've been so impressed with Moeen Ali opening the bowling alongside Chris Woakes. I'm never surprised by Woakes' performances, I'm a huge fan of him.

"I've worked with him as a coach and he's so reliable with the new ball in the powerplay, which is so important.

"You have to win powerplays if you're going to win World Cup matches and Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes have been excellent.

"The batting hasn't had to do much yet because the bowlers have done all the work, bowling out a West Indies side that's very dangerous and was one of the favourites for the World Cup.

"Bangladesh have just had a howler full stop. They lost to Scotland before the Super 12s and then that performance [against England] with the bat just wasn't good enough.

"The big game for me, though, is going to be England vs Australia [on Saturday]."

Left-arm quick Tymal Mills has made his return to international duty after an absence of over four years, benefiting from an elbow injury to his Sussex team-mate Jofra Archer.

Mills has played in both games so far and he is currently England's leading wicket-taker, picking up five wickets at an average of 8.80.

"He's fantastic," Gough added. "I said during The Hundred that he had to play for England at the World Cup and people were like 'He's not going to get back in' but he had to.

Tymal Mills is currently England's leading wicket-taker at the T20 World Cup, having picked up five at an average of just 8.80 (

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"He's got pure pace, he's left-arm, he's got a good slower ball and his stats at the death are some of the best around.

"I think Mark Wood having that injury [before the West Indies game] did us a favour because I think he would have played ahead of Mills. For me as a bowler, Tymal Mills is the first name on the team sheet now."

When asked which other teams had impressed him at the tournament so far, Gough named Pakistan as a side which he expects to go far.

Pakistan have also won both their Super 12 games so far, beating rivals India by ten wickets and New Zealand by five wickets.

"Pakistan I talked about before the tournament [as a contender], it's not just after watching them play," Gough said. "They're very dangerous.

"When I played against them in tournaments they would raise it another level. When you played against them in a normal series they were good, but when you played them in a tournament they went up to another level.

Darren Gough [L] was speaking to Mirror Sport at the launch of Booking.com's luxury T20 Pavilion (

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"They seem to peak for tournaments like India do and that's what it's all about.

"England in the past have been good in between World Cups and then rubbish at World Cups.

"I think what we've found over the past few years is England are now peaking at World Cups. In 2019, they peaked at the right time [to win the 50-over World Cup]."

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