World T20: West Indies favourites, says Taylor

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Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 17:45 [IST]
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West Indies favourites for WT20: Taylor

Bangalore, Jun 29: After Australia all-rounder Shane Watson declared West Indies were the "team to beat" at the ICC World Twenty20 2012 this year, it was now New Zealand captain Ross Taylor to put the favourites tag on the same team.

ICC World T20 will get under way in Sri Lanka on September 18 and will culminate on October 7. Already, teams are looking forward to this exciting format of the game and have started preparations for the world event.

New Zealand and West Indies will be involved in two Twenty20 Internationals in the US and Taylor has no doubt about his rivals' capabilities in this shortest form of cricket.

"They (West Indies) will go in as one of the favourites," Taylor was quoted as saying on the New Zealand Herald website on Friday.

According to the right-hander, the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith are capable of winning game single-handedly.

Taylor added: "T20 is a game more so than one-dayers and Tests when individuals can win games by themselves. The likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith can all take a game away from you and win it singlehandedly, so obviously they're a dangerous side."

Recently, Watson, speaking on ICC's cricket show, ICC Cricket 360°, said: "I actually think the West Indies are going to be the team to beat. They have got a really well balanced team that has played a lot of high quality Twenty20 cricket around the world and they certainly know how to perform under pressure. I think they have got the firepower to give a lot of teams a big surprise."


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