Group B is one the many mysteries of the T20 World Cup as it is very hard to identify which two teams will progress to the Super Eight’s. West Indies look like a good bet to top this group if Chris Gayle can start his campaign well. Witht he huge reputation of Australia you would say that would make it easy but their T20 performances are well below average and with some fight and good cricket Ireland could upset the Australian team by sending them home early. If Australia are going to progress far into this tournament David Warner will have to be at his devastating best. There is no bigger name than Chris Gayle in the T20’s, he has huge experience in the T20’s and he never disappoints in any tournament he plays in. George Dockrell is knocking on the England door at the moment as he is in career best form and he hopes a solid tournament will push his case for England selection.
Ireland – Qualified Team
Australia – David Warner
David Warner will be Australia’s most important player with the willow. Warner is one of the few players who is close to Gayle when Warner is in good form. This hasn’t been the case for Warner over the last few months as his form has been very poor. Warner has played 130 T20 matches which an incredible average of 31.35 at a strike rate of 143.82 but his International is only slightly worse but his form is a major worry. Warner has made only one half century from his last 10 games which needs to be turned around.
West Indies – Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is the World’s most feared batsman especially in the T20’s where he is given a license to have a swing at every ball. The other teams will be targeting him in his first few balls as he does like to watch the first few balls he faces closely. Gayle has a far superior T20 record compared to his T20 International record but still would be better than just about any other player who has played T20’s for their country. He averages 36 from 23 T20 internationals at an amazing strike rate of 140.00+.
Ireland – George Dockrell
George Dockrell’s long term goal is to be part of England’s plans but for now he will have to tough it out and continue his great year with the ball to get closer to that goal. Dockrell has played 41 T20 matches which include matches for Ireland and Somerset and has been quite successful taking 50 wickets at 6.29 runs per over. 3 for 28 against Zimbabwe in the warm up will boost the Irish team but a problem with Dockrell is that he doesn’t have a large array of experience against high quality teams.
Australia Last 5 T20 Matches – WLLLW
West Indies Last 5 T20 Matches – LWWLW
Ireland Last 5 T20 Matches – WLLLW
The West Indies have a very strong T20 side and they often thrive on the big stage and they will be very hard to beat if Chris Gayle gets into this stride early in this tournament. The 2nd team that progresses through to the Super Eight’s could well be determined by the fixture between Ireland and Australia and an upset could be on the cards for Ireland if Australia’s batting is poor.
1st – West Indies
2nd – Ireland
3rd – Australia