Preview: Another spin trial for England

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Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 15:10 [IST]
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Pallekele, Sep 26: It is time for the big boys to come out all guns blazing. There are no weak teams left in ICC World Twenty20 2012. It is all about high octane stuff from Thursday. Four minnows have left the scene and world's top eight Test playing nations have duly taken their spots in Super Eights.

Preview: Another spin trial for England

It is the West Indies against England in the night game of the first day's Super Eight action. Earlier in the day, hosts Sri Lanka will tackle New Zealand.

If English batsmen's performance against Indian spin are the signs of struggle then West Indies will definitely use that as their main weapon against Stuart Broad-led side.

Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla destroyed England other day in Colombo. How will they tackle one of most talented spinners in Sunil Narine. England batsmen were clueless against Indian spinners and Narine will be licking his lips to come out and bowl at them.

Not only, Narine, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels too can chip in with spin. Whether West Indies will be tempted to add one more spinner or not we have to wait and watch tomorrow.

After the loss to India, Broad said he did not mind much that the defeat came in an inconsequential game not in a knock out one.

"We could afford to lose this game. I suppose it can be a bit frustrating that some days we play spin really nicely and other days we just turn up and everyone seems to play it badly together. It's just one of those things. As a captain, I'm pleased it happened here and not in a game that could knock us out," Broad explained.

England bowling looks better with Steven Finn with the new ball. Their pacemen can trouble West Indies batsmen. But concern for Broad will be the batting.

One more concern is the big hitting of Gayle. How will Broad and other bowlers plan to get the left-hander early. If Gayle stays at the crease for 10 overs, England bowlers would have been destroyed by then.

West Indies' batting will, as always, rely on Gayle with Samuels, Kieron Pollard and the rest to follow.

England, the defending World T20 champions, will have their task cut out against one of favourites for this edition's title.


West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

England: Stuart Broad (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.

Match starts at 7.30 PM IST. Also playing on Thursday, at 3.30 PM IST, Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand

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Story first published:  Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 15:09 [IST]
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