Ashwin, Bravo, Jadeja among Hoggard's ICC WT20 bowling picks

Making Twenty20 predictions is notoriously difficult, but Matthew Hoggard was prepared to stick his neck out before the tournament began, picking Ravichandran Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Jadeja among his bowlers to look out for.

He took the approach of guessing which four teams would make the semi-finals, and although he didn't have New Zealand among them, his other three choices are still in contention.

"You've got to look at the teams that you think are going to be in the semi-finals and final, so for me this was Australia, South Africa, India and England," he began.

"I'll pick two from each country," the Betsafe ambassador continued.

"From Australia I've gone for James Faulkner and Shane Watson.

"Watson has played in every IPL and has lots of knowledge of India, Faulkner will bowl at the death so has chances of picking up wickets."

Watson has decided that this WT20 will be his last tournament as an international player and he so far joint top of Australia's wicket-takers with Adam Zampa.

"For South Africa, you can look at Dale Steyn who is going to lead from the front, with Imran Tahir, outside chance of Kagiso Rabada getting in there as well."

Moving on to India, he goes along with many people's choice to be the leading wicket-taker, with spinners always going to play a leading role.

"India, you've got to pick their two premier spinners - Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja," he confirmed.

So far, Jadeja leads the way for India with four wickets with Ashwin just behind, so another solid choice from the former Leicestershire and Yorkshire man.

And he has consistently sounded a warning note about England's bowling, adding:

"Then you look at England, which is a stumbling block, then you have to think, before you put Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes up there."

Hoggard then opted for a couple of outsiders, and one of them is leading the charts for his country, while the other hasn't got much game time yet.

"The outside chances for me would be Dwayne Bravo, leading wicket-taker in the 2015 CPL and Trent Boult from New Zealand."

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