Pakistan and Sri Lanka undoubtedly enter the latest tournament in Bangladesh with the most prestigious World T20 history. Pakistan, winners back in 2009, have reached at least the semi-finals in every tournament, whilst Sri Lanka have made the final four of the last three including finishing as runners-up in both 2012 and 2009.
England and India have only once made it to the last four, although on both those occasions they did lift the trophy. New Zealand and South Africa have only ever once competed in the semis and in both those instances they were beaten.
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Since the last ICC WT20 which concluded in October 2012 Sri Lanka have been the outstanding side, winning 72.7% of their games. Pakistan are next on that list closely followed by South Africa, with 64.2% and 63.6% win records respectively.
England have the poorest record during this period, winning on only 36.4% of occasions, while Australia are only narrowly ahead with 44.4%. This is despite both averaging the highest runs per over during this time scale, granted that stat is likely to have been influenced by the types of surfaces played on.
The West Indies average the lowest number of runs per over at 7.3 and further to the smallest amount of runs per wicket (22), it should though be reminded that wickets in the Caribbean tend to be slow in nature.
It is worth noting that during this period Pakistan played more games than anyone (14). England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka also enjoyed regular exposure to T20 cricket, competing in 12 games apiece.
At the other end of the scale India participated in just five games, however the IPL does at least ensure their personnel have been exposed plenty of high intensity T20 cricket.
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Average Squad Age & International Caps
The Sri Lankan’s can claim both the most experienced side with regards to caps (426) and average age (31.1), primarily due to a host of veterans including the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Pakistan though, despite a more youthful average age of 28.4, are able to trump them with 481 caps within their 15-man squad, incidentally the most of any side in the tournament.
India possess the youngest group (26.9) and in turn the lowest amount of caps by some distance with just 218. Australia are the second on the list of least caps, perhaps surprising given their squad is the second oldest.
It is not alarming that within that India squad 53% have less than 10 caps, what is a shock is that despite their vast number of international appearances 40% of Pakistan’s squad have participated in less than 10 games.
England also bring a relatively inexperienced group. Only 60% of their players have more than 10 caps.
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Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan look to be the leading sides in relation to wicket takers. The Sri Lankans are privileged to have four players in the top 10: Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisira Perera and Sachithra Senanayake. The Pakistani’s, although behind with just Hafeez and Saed Ajmal in the top 10, are able to call on six of the top 20.
England also stand up well with Stuart Broad and Jade Dernbach in the top 10.
India will point to a lack of games as the reason for their absence on this list, as might Australia who have only Nathan Coulter-Nile in the top 10.
New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies can each call on the services of two players within the top rankings, including Mitchell McClenaghan and Sunil Narine who both occupy spots in the top ten.
Lowest Economy Rates
This is another field where Pakistan stand up well with four bowlers in the top 10, nonetheless it is worth noting that one of those bowlers, Mohammed Irfan will not be fit for the upcoming tournament. Remarkably Hafeez again appears, making him the only player to be ranked in the top twenty of all four fields.
The West Indies, backed by spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree, boast a miserly attack with five players in the top 20. South Africa have both Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe in the top 10 and four in the top 20, however none are spinners which could hurt them in Bangladesh.
Keeping things tight doesn’t appear to be England’s strength with no players on the list, while India also do not have representation which perhaps indicates why they will be taking an inexperienced attack to Bangladesh. New Zealand and Australia also look weak in this aspect with just one player each in the top 20.
Bowling – Predicted Attack
South Africa’s bowlers have the lowest average economy rate of just 6.75 runs per over, courtesy of the likes of Steyn, Tsotsobe and Imran Tahir.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka come in at 7.1 and importantly within their predicted units are a host of spin options which will be imperative in the upcoming conditions. England (8.2) and New Zealand (8.1) both possess on the face of it expensive attacks, whilst Australia also look at risk with an average economy of 7.8 runs per over.
Pakistan’s line-up features an incredible 312 wickets at this level, that’s 142 better than second placed Sri Lanka. Ajmal (81), Umar Gul (74) and Shahid Afridi (73) are all significant contributors to this lofty total.
Both Sri Lanka and West Indies are able to call on the greatest number of genuine options in their predicted line ups with seven each.
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Pakistan have three batsman in the leading 10 run scorers since Sri Lanka 2012, with Mohammed Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad all in the list; some might argue this to be no huge revelation taking into account they have played the most matches.
England (Alex Hales & Michael Lumb), New Zealand (Brendon McCullum & Martin Guptil) and Sri Lanka (Kushal Perera & Sangakkara) can each boast two on the top 10 list, whilst England have four in the top 20; a return which can only be equalled by Pakistan.
The West Indies have just a single player in the top 20 (Lendl Simmons), however star performer Chris Gayle has played minimal international cricket during this period.
Highest Strike Rates
The most startling aspect regarding the top twenty strike rates of those players who scored at least 150 runs is that England can claim seven, with Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler and Hales in the top 0.
Australia are the only other side to have more than two in the top ten, with Aaron Finch and George Bailey ranked at second and fifth. New Zealand are the only side without a player in the top 10 and although they have four in the top twenty, of those Hamish Rutherford will not be in Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and West Indies can each only claim one batsmen in the top 20 list. India can at least vaunt Yuvraj Singh who is number one in the list, whilst the Windies have been forced to leave out the number three - Kieron Pollard.
Batting – Predicted Top Seven
Based on purely a predicted batting line-up Australia enjoy the highest average strike rate of 140, New Zealand are not far behind with 138.4.The Australians able to ascertain four players with a strike rates of over 140 (Finch, Bailey, Shane Watson & Glenn Maxwell), the Kiwis figure is falsely enhanced by a limited sample of games for a couple of their players.
Surprisingly considering their recent record Sri Lanka possess the lowest with just 123.2, that said there are only 2.5 runs between them; India, South Africa and West Indies.
There is little to choose between the combined averages, with everyone bar Pakistan and West Indies averaging between 27.2 runs and 29.1 runs per batsman, of which New Zealand come out on top. In contrast the Windies average just 23.1 runs per batsman and Pakistan 24.4
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