West Indies

The experience of Bravo & Chanderpaul will be vital

The experience of Bravo & Chanderpaul will be vital

West Indies squad:
Chris Gayle (capt)
Sulieman Benn
Dwayne Bravo
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Narsingh Deonarine
Andre Fletcher
Wavell Hinds
Nikita Miller
Kieron Pollard
Denesh Ramdin
Ravi Rampaul
Kemar Roach
Darren Sammy
Ramnaresh Sarwan
Jerome Taylor

Overview

The host nation have been handed a favourable draw alongside England and minnows Ireland in Group D of the competition.

After a spirited semi-final run in last year's showpiece in England, the Windies could be dark horses for the title on home soil.

A recent 3-0 whitewash win over the Irish has given them some much-needed form in the shortest form of the game following a series defeat to Zimbabwe, albeit 1-0.

Man-for-man the Windies have one of the most powerful batting line-ups in the competition, however whether they have the bowling attack and fielding quality to back it up remains to be seen.

Strengths

Sarwan: returns from injury

Batting, batting and batting.

Runs from the bulky bats of Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kieron Pollard will go a long way to deciding how the Windies fare.

All three are capable of taking the game away from an opposition with their array of attacking strokeplay.

And with players such as Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo lurking down the order, you can expect some high totals from the hosts.

Weaknesses

Mr Benn: spin threat

A lack of consistency has been a cause of concern for the Windies in limited-overs cricket for some time, although that is also what makes Gayle's men such a threat in the event.

So often they have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, no more so then when they bowled Zimbabwe out for 105 in a recent T20, only to collapse to 79-7 in response.

Fielding is such an important aspect of the shortest format of the game, however that is bad news for the erratic hosts.

There are exceptions in Bravo and Pollard, however you can always rely on the West Indies to provide a moment or two of calamity in the field.

Six-hitter - Chris Gayle

Gayle leads his men into battle on home soil

The skipper leads from the front in every sense and is renowned for his blistering strokeplay at the top of the order.

The powerful left-hander has cleared the rope 25 times in 14 innings and gets crowds all around the world ducking for cover when he is in the middle.

His devastating 117 off 57 balls in the inaugural World Twenty20 over in South Africa remains the highest ever T20 international innings and the joint fastest of all time.

Remarkably though, Gayle has not played a single T20 international on home soil.

Strike bowler - Jerome Taylor

Taylor: strike bowler

Jamaican Taylor is West Indies' leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals with 17 in 12 matches.

He averages a scalp every 14.8 balls however he will be eager to reduce his ecomony rate below the current 8.19 runs an over.

If the ball is swinging, as England found out in Sabina Park last year, Taylor is one of the most unplayable seamers around.

Look out for...Kieron Pollard

One to watch: Pollard

He was not the most expensive Indian Premier League purchase this year for nothing...

For $750,000 you can expect some lusty blows, useful medium-pacers and cheetah-like athleticism in the field.

He still needs to prove himself on the grandest stage though, and his highest T20 score remains just the 38 posted against New Zealand back in 2008.

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