Memories of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2016 are still fresh. Nobody can forget Brathwaite’s heroics in the last over against England, and nor should they.
West Indies is the only team to have won the T20 World Cup twice. Some pundits even say that T20 is a format made for the men from the Caribbean. The Windies look like a threatening unit every time you discuss probable dark horses for the T20 World Cup. Can they win a third World Cup?
What’s in this Guide?
West Indies T20 World Cup preview
The world champions may be number 10 in the T20 rankings, but they are still strong contenders for their third title. With the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 within touching distance, what do the men from the Caribbean have?
Well, their preparations started in mid-June when South Africa visited the lovely islands. The Proteas won the hard-fought series 3 – 2. However, this result didn’t dent the confidence of the defending champions. The Windies defeated Australia 4 – 1 in a five-match T20i series. This series was the evidence of the threat that the men in maroon possess to rattle teams in the United Arab Emirates.
The first game against England will definitely prove noteworthy. With big hitters like Gayle, Pollard, Russell and Simmons likely to make the final squad, the English bowlers won’t feel at ease. The CPL is another excellent tournament that the Windies players use to get in the T20 groove. Finally, another league in the United Arab Emirates (IPL) will provide more match practice to some calypso players.
The shortest format needs individual match-winners to win games. Importantly, the Windies have many match-winners that can turn to every game. So, their consistency won’t be a huge concern for the team management. However, it will be interesting to see how captain Pollard keeps calm in crunch moments of the game.
West Indies World Cup fixtures
Check out all of the Windies’ upcoming T20 World Cup fixtures here. Once the group games are over, all finals fixtures will be added to the table below.
|England vs West Indies||October 23||Foxtel / Kayo|
|South Africa vs West Indies||October 26||Foxtel / Kayo|
|West Indies vs B2 Qualifier||October 29||Foxtel / Kayo|
|West Indies vs A1 Qualifier||November 4||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Australia vs West Indies||November 6||Foxtel / Kayo|
Which providers will show West Indies World Cup matches?
You can watch and stream the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 exclusively in Australia via Fox Cricket (Fox Sports). Fox Cricket can be accessed with a limited number of sports streaming providers. Check them out in the table below.
|Provider||Windies T20 Games|
How to watch T20 World Cup
If you enjoy live cricket action then Fox Cricket (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the channel for you, televising every World Cup game Live and On Demand in HD. There are several options for watching and streaming games at home or with a mobile device. You can even check these providers out for free.
Stream Windies games with Kayo Sports
You can watch Windies in the T20 tournament with Kayo Sports, which has a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo free trial, you will have access to these same World Cup broadcasts as Fox Cricket so you can stream all games live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo Sports doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.
Stream Cricket with Kayo Sports
Watch 2021 T20 World Cup games, Big Bash League, IPL and more Live and On Demand with a Kayo Sports Free Trial!
Watch T20 games with Foxtel
Fox Cricket can be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more.
You also have the option to watch cricket online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10 day free trial. This option also includes the ability to stream World Cup games using the Foxtel Go app. Fox Cricket comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.
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West Indies squad
The current T20 World Champions have plenty of big names to call on when the going gets tough. Check out their provisional T20 squad here:
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Kevin Sinclair.
West Indies Strengths
West Indies may not be a formidable force in all three formats of international cricket right now. Still, all around the world, teams fear Windies in the shortest format because of their strengths.
Individual match winners
The biggest strength of the defending champions is their T20 specialists. Each player can win any game on their day – Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Keiron Pollard, DJ Bravo, and Fabian Allen have vast T20 cricket experience.
All the above players are most likely to feature in the West Indies final squad. So, any bowling line-up will shudder against these names.
The big guns of the West Indies play in almost every T20 world league. Players like Gayle, Simmons, Bravo and Pollard are a regular part of major tournaments like the CPL, IPL and BBL.
They naturally have exposure to play on different T20 wickets. Hence, grounds like Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi are familiar to the Windies players.
The T20 World is definitely familiar with the all-round abilities of West Indies cricketers. They may not feature in the top 10 international cricket rankings but have all the talent to win a T20 title. Players like Allen, Russell, Holder, Pollard, and Bravo can contribute with their bowling, batting and fielding.
Weak points for the Windies
First off, West Indies are in the group of death. In the upcoming T20 World Cup, they will play England, South Africa, and Australia on the group stage. So, how can these top teams target West Indies? Let’s find out.
Unpredictability is one of the biggest weaknesses (and strong points) of the current West Indies squad. The players lack consistency and can falter during simple run chases.
Other teams can test the resilience of the defending champions. Thus, if West Indies have one eye on the trophy, they need to define specific roles to each player. This way, the team performance can become more consistent.
West Indies will most probably pick several batters who can open the innings. Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, and Andre Fletcher might make all feature in the full Windies squad.
The team will thus have to decide the perfect opening combination for the T20 world cup. Importantly, none of these players provides a consistent start. So, early wickets can halt the momentum of the men from the Caribbean islands.
Death bowling vulnerability
Sides in the T20 World Cup have specialist death bowlers to minimise the damage during those slog overs. However, West Indies does not have a yorker specialist duo to stop the leakage of runs.
Sheldon Cottrell might be the only name that captain Pollard trusts going ahead. The other end can be the responsibility of Russell or Holder. Thus, other teams will target the final overs against the Windies.
Can the Windies reach the Finals?
The T20 game suits the Windies players. Their instinct of brutally hitting the ball is not unknown around the world. With T20 veterans likely to group together, the Windies can become the first team to win the T20 cup three times.
However, the finals won’t be easy as their group is full of tough T20 squads. Still, with the recent triumph over Australia in the shortest format, the Windies will be riding high on confidence.
Other T20 World Cup teams
The upcoming ICC World Cup is about much more than one team. Check out our other dedicated team pages here.
Streaming devices for watching cricket
Here is a comprehensive list of devices for streaming cricket games on your home TV or mobile.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)