West Indies v England

The West Indian team are born entertainers, and the good news for the England camp is they'll get first hand experience of it today. I wouldn't put my money anywhere near the men from the Caribbean in any other format, but their superstars controversially comeback to play in the shorter format. Many of their players are the first names on the lips of T20 franchisers around the world, putting them all together in one team is a mouth watering prospect. If Narine and Pollard were in the squad then I'm pretty sure they'd go off second or third favourite for the competition. Yes, they do lack a few bowlers but with Gayle, both Bravos, Badree, Sammy and Russell they've got players capable of winning a game on their own. West Indies have had the beating of England in T20 history, winning eight of the twelve matches they’ve played.

England's squad is packed with exciting talent but I feel they lack experience especially in big competitions. The Poms have always struggled with the turning ball in the sub-continent, and I feel the middle overs of spin from Badree will be the difference. This match will be close but expect the West Indies to have far too much fire power for the Poms. Back the West Indies at best odds $2.2 with William Hill, they have drifted today and could continue to do so before the first ball is bowled.

Chris Gayle had an interesting summer Down Under, upsetting many people but still showing how destructive he can be with the willow. The big West Indian looks like the glue that will keep this team together, if he has a bad competition the rest could quite easily crumble around him. It's vital he gets his team off to a good start, and there is a good chance of him doing this against a relatively inexperienced England seam attack. All of the England seamers have the potential to go the distance, the nerves of bowling on the big stage against the big man could be too much for a few. Back him to top score at $3.5 with Ladbrokes.

Oddschecker’s best bet
Two explosive batting line ups will put the bowlers under the pump, England have got an inexperienced attack who could crumble against the likes of Gayle and co. West Indies do have three world-class bowlers in this format, but we worry about the other eight overs. Over 8.5 wides in the third World Cup fixture is easy money with Unibet.

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West Indies - 1pt @ 2.15
Chris Gayle - 1pt @ 3.5
Over 8.5 - 1pt @ 1.75