Few things have changed in the last five years
T20 cricket has grown by leaps and bounds in the last five years, but what’s changed very little is the approach England and West Indies have towards this format. Two teams that thrive on batting deep and going big, England and West Indies have the batters to post huge totals and they have been reliant on them for winning matches.
As they face off in the T20 World Cup 2021, England are slightly disadvantaged by the slow surfaces in UAE although they managed to post a good total against India on a flat track in the warm-up game. England have odds of 1.66 to beat West Indies.
West Indies, on the other hand, are used to these surfaces back home and will have the advantage against England. They have odds of 2.18 to win the game, and have a batting line-up familiar with the conditions to aid their case.
Recent record backs England but don’t read too much into it
Overall, England have won just seven and lost 11 of the head to head games against West Indies. But, since the World Cup final in 2016, England have won three and lost just one. This includes a 3-0 whitewash in a bilateral in West Indies.
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Keep an eye on…
Andre Russell: The injured big-hitter will likely return to the mix and will be hoping to make up for lost time. Russell is likely to be the floater in this West Indies line-up and will be aiming to ruffle England’s plans in the death overs.
Buttler – Roy: England’s dynamic opening duo of Jos Buttler and Jason Roy set the stage for the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali to capitalise. If West Indies can get an early wicket, it will disrupt England’s plans.