March 17, 2014

West Indies 7/1 to retain title

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia are strong favourites for the World T20 after their strong recent showings, particularly their demolition of England but in Asian conditions and without a top-class spinner, they are too short at 3/1 to win the tournament. So back West Indies at 7/1 to retain their crown.

A team with so much firepower - Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy - can never be ruled out but factor in the solid form of Lendl Simmons and the Windies bring a batting line up to Bangladesh to be feared.

Such an order will be capable of chasing down most totals but they also possess one of the best mystery spinners in the world in Sunil Narine. Add in Samuels' slow bowling plus operators such as Dwayne Smith and Sammy to take pace off the ball - crucial on slow Asian wickets - and you have a squad that will give 7/1 plenty of value.

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