T20 World Cup: Team guide and predictions before Super 12 starts

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After an intense week of upsets and nerves, the competition welcomes the top contenders on Saturday in what looks to be a wide field.

Can England come good when it matters? Will home advantage help Australia defend their title in 12 months’ time? Or can India bounce back from their last outing early to win the title?

Check out BBC Sport’s predictions below, with a guide to each team’s line-up of big hitters and world-class bowlers.

Group 1 Group 2
Afghanistan Bangladesh
Australia India
England Pakistan
New Zealand South Africa
Sri Lanka the netherlands
Ireland Zimbabwe
The best two from each group qualify for the finals

England: Buttler, Rashid and Wood


Classification: The second 2021 result: The finals Form (last first): WWWWLLWLW

Power, skill and pace. At least on paper, England has it all.

Pakistan’s recent T20 series victory has boosted hopes after a difficult year in white-ball cricket. For four years, they were the world’s most dominant limited-overs team, but were beaten by India and South Africa this summer as the post-Eoin Morgan era slowly began.

However, they have as strong a lineup as any. the captain Butler if he is arguably the best white batsman in the world Mark Wood He returned from an elbow injury in Pakistan and hit 97mph, something that could prove crucial in Australia – fitness permitting.

An already strong batting line-up has been enhanced with the emergence of the dazzling 23-year-old. Harry Brook and return Ben StokesHe returned to the T20 side in a bid to right the wrongs of the 2016 T20 World Cup final defeat.

Losing the left-arm bowler on the eve of the tournament Reece TopleyEngland’s T20 bowler this year, however, is a big hit.

Prediction: Vice champions

Australia: David, Starc, Warner


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Will home advantage help Australia bounce back? It’s possible They remain among the favorites despite their recent series loss in England.

Few expected Aaron Finch’s side to challenge at last year’s World Cup, but in the end they went all the way.

Their pace bowling attack – number one in the world Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc – it’s familiar and scary. Other common ones too, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade. Wade is one of the ‘finishers’ around and memorably led Australia to victory over Pakistan in last year’s semi-final, hitting three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over.

Intermediate Explosive Egg Tim Davida star in the domestic franchise leagues and a former Singapore international, adds a bit of X-Factor to his side.

Prediction: The winners

New Zealand: Boult, Ferguson

New Zealand

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Just a year ago, New Zealand reached the final of the T20 World Cup, but once again, they entered a tournament with few talking their chances.

They remain steadfast – captain Kane Williamsonthe toy Tim Southee and the left arm Trent BoultDespite the decision to release him from his New Zealand contract.

Adam Milne and especially Lockie Ferguson provide additional firepower with the ball and Glenn Phillips He is a medium level player.

The feeling remains, however, that they are a side coming to the end of a cycle.

Prediction: super 12

Sri Lanka: Hasaranga, Rajapaksa, Mendis

Sri Lanka

Classification: the eighth 2021 result: Super 12s Form: WWLWWWWWWLW

After a surprise defeat in the first match of this World Cup against Namibia, Sri Lanka’s Super 12 qualification was revived with two comfortable wins.

In September, they surprised everyone by winning the Asia Cup against India and Pakistan and are looking to improve under former England manager Chris Silverwood.

Wanindu Hasaranga one could easily say that he is the best leg-spinner in the world. He is an outstanding Sri Lankan player but an aggressive left-hander Bhanuka Rajapaksa – He made 71 in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan – and Dasun Shanaka, currently the Sri Lankan captain, offers a middle-order threat. the opener Pathum Nissanka He scored a crucial 74 against the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday as well.

Fast bowler To Dushmantha Chamee He has been sidelined with a calf injury, however, a notable absence that leaves him without a threat in the bowl game.

Prediction: super 12

Afghanistan: Nabi, Rashid, Gurbaz


Classification: at 10 2021 result: Super 12s Form (last first): LLLWWWWLL

For the second year in a row, Afghanistan qualified directly for the main stage of the T20 World Cup, but they are yet to claim a win in their short international history on the global showcase.

Again, the feeling of spinning legs Rashid Khan he is their star player and will be backed by two other quality spinners Mujeeb ur Rahman and Qais Ahmad. Rashid is the most successful foreign bowler in Big Bash history, so he knows the conditions well.

Muhammad the Prophet he is the captain, 37 years old, in a very changed line-up. Wicketkeeper bats Rahmanullah Gurbaz He is a top class player after good campaigns in the Caribbean Premier League and Asian Cup.

Afghanistan’s Asia Cup campaign showed signs of hope as they beat winners Sri Lanka and Bangladesh before suffering a crushing loss to Pakistan.

Prediction: super 12

Ireland: Stirling, Campher, Little


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Ireland’s victory over the West Indies on Friday ensured a place at the top of the table.

the opener Paul Stirling it needs little introduction. He has regularly taken down bowling attacks in county cricket in recent years.

general Curtis Camphor he is an unknown player, but just as important. He smashed a stunning 72 off just 32 balls It was a great win for Scotland and he is also a good player.

Take a look at the 22-year-old left-handed gunner Little JoshHe made his debut for Ireland aged 16 and took 5-13 in The Hundred earlier this year – his best figures in the tournament so far.

Prediction: super 12

Bangladesh: Ahmed, Hasan, Rahman


Classification: The ninth 2021 result: Super 12s Form (last in first): LLLLWWLLLW

Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman are the big names in a Bangladesh team, it’s hard to see them being competitive.

This time, Shakib will juggle the captaincy with his deft left-arm spin and stylish batting, while left-arm pacer Mustafizur will look to bamboozle him with his exciting tricks and variations.

The Tigers exit the Asian Cup without a win and have lost the Zimbabwe and West Indies series this year.

Former captain Mahmudullah has been left out of the squad while underrated wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim has retired from T20s.

Prediction: super 12

South Africa: Nortje, Miller, Rabada

South Africa

Classification: The third 2021 result: Super 12s Form: WLLWWWWLLL

If every sporting tournament needs a dark horse, South Africa could be it for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

In the UK they beat England massively in the summer and have the best bowling attack in Australia. Fast bowlers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabadathe two fastest in the area, because they are electric Tabraiz ‘the magician’ Shamsi It is an effective wrist spinner.

Rilee Rossouw and David Miller They have hit T20 hundreds this month, both scored against India, while the explosives Tristan StubbsAfter England fans broke the already familiar 28-ball 72 at Bristolcould become a global star.

There are nagging doubts, however, about their captain Temba They agreed however, injuries to middle rockers Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius should not be ruled out.

Prediction: The finals

India: Pandya, Kohli, Yadav


Classification: The first 2021 result: Super 12s Form (last first): LOLWWWLLWLL

India have an almost endless supply of white-ball players to choose from, but none quite like superstar bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a back injury.

Losing Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja all means India – captain now Rohit Sharmawho replaced Virat Kohli after last year’s surprise group stage exit – suddenly doesn’t look so strong.

But Kohli has found form, ending the debate over his place in the T20 century in the Asia Cup, while being an exciting batsman. Suryakumar Yadav He could rival Buttler for the best T20 batsman in the world and many would pick him Hardik Pandya as the best cricketer in the format.

Hardik will play a key role both with the bat and the ball. How the bowling attack is likely Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal It will decide the chances of coping without Bumrah.

Prediction: The finals

Pakistan: Rizwan, Babar, Afridi


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Another side that can win.

The question with Pakistan is whether their entire XI is strong enough, apart from their popular superstars.

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam He showed against England that he is an opening pair for the ages, capable of winning matches on his own. The pair’s unbeaten 203 in the second match of the series was the fifth-ever partnership of 150 or more, the most by any pair in men’s T20s.

Left arm Shaheen Afridi It is a sensation of fast bowling, but they are not faster than few Haris RaufHe made his name in Australia in the Big Bash.

Pakistan say Shaheen is fit, which is a big boost as he has been sidelined with a knee injury.

But the series against England showed that if opponents get Babar and Rizwan early, there isn’t much batting elsewhere.

Prediction: Super 12s

Netherlands: Singe, Leede, Merwe

the netherlands

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The lowest ranked team in the competition, having drawn Namibia with Sri Lanka in Group A in the first round.

general below leedThe 22-year-old has been the standout player for the Netherlands so far with runs and seven wickets with the right-arm seamer.

Long hair opener Max O’Dowd He hit 71 not out off 53 balls and will play an important role for a side accustomed to riots. They have beaten England twice in this competition.

Prediction: super 12

Zimbabwe: Raza, Ervine, Muzarabani


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Zimbabwe missed out on last year’s World Cup due to a suspension, but this year progressed to the second round for the first time in its history. Breaking Scottish hearts in the process

Their standout player is undoubtedly the all-rounder Sikandar Raza – So much so that the International Cricket Council named him as the player of the world before the tournament.

He was the top scorer in the first group stage, including 82 against Ireland, and has also taken five wickets with his off-spin.

the captain Craig ErvineThe 37-year-old is an experienced leader – his 58 helped them over the line against Scotland – a 6ft 8 player. Blessing to Muzarabani He is an exciting pace bowler, but the Super 12 stage can be a struggle.

Prediction: super 12