West Indies vs England: Preview and Prediction

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West Indies will face off against England on June 20th

As the curtain falls on the group stage matches of the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the stage is set for the Super 8 phase where qualified teams will battle fiercely to secure their spot in the semifinals of this prestigious tournament.

The second match of the Super 8 is set to be a high-stakes clash between two champion sides from Group 2, co-hosts West Indies and England. This encounter will take place early Thursday morning at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.

This fixture is crucial for both teams as Rovman Powell‘s Windies and Jos Buttler‘s England seek to gain an early advantage by securing two valuable points, which could prove pivotal in their further progression in the tournament.

Fans can expect a riveting contest, as the Men in Maroon hosted the Three Lions for a five-match T20I series in December last year, meaning both teams are well-acquainted with each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

What have they done so far?

The Daren Sammy-coached side topped Group C in the previous round, having won all four of their matches. As co-hosts of the tournament, they began their campaign in Guyana with a hard-fought 5-wicket win against Papua New Guinea.

Subsequently, at the same venue, the Windies steamrolled Uganda in their next match, bowling out the latter for a mere 39 runs while defending a target of 174. They next faced New Zealand in Trinidad, where Powell’s team secured their qualification for the Super 8 by defeating the Kiwis by 13 runs.

In their final group stage match in St. Lucia, the home team bamboozled the formidable Afghanistan side, earning another two points with a comprehensive 104-run victory.

On the other hand, England, the winner of the last T20 World Cup, was written off by many after their first match against Scotland was affected by rain, followed by a 36-run loss to their arch-rivals, Australia.

However, the defending champions made a strong comeback against Oman, chasing down 48 runs in just 19 balls, significantly improving their net run rate from negative to positive. In their last match against Namibia, the Men in Red won a rain-affected 10-over game by 41 runs, finishing second in their Group B with 5 points.

Head to Head Record

When considering their T20I Head-to-Head record, the West Indies hold the upper hand with 17 victories out of 29 matches, compared to England’s 12.

Moreover, the West Indies have demonstrated clear dominance in past ICC T20 World Cups against England. The two-time champions have emerged victorious in 5 out of 6 encounters, with England managing only a single win in these contests.

Key Players

Pooran has hit 13 sixes so far, the joint most in the ongoing T20 World Cup

Nicholas Pooran (West Indies): Nicholas Pooran, a star player and top-order batsman, holds a pivotal role for his team, having significantly contributed to the West Indies’ success in the group stage matches. Pooran stands out as the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament thus far, amassing 164 runs in 4 innings at an impressive average of 41 and a strike rate exceeding 150.

The Trinidad-born wicketkeeper-batsman also recorded the highest score of the tournament against Afghanistan on Tuesday, where he smashed 98 runs off 53 balls, narrowly missing a century due to an unfortunate run-out.

Philip Salt (England): English opener Philip Salt will be the key player for the England side, especially crucial given their batting struggles throughout the tournament. The Wales-born batter possesses the skill to provide his team with strong starts, aggressively scoring during the powerplay. 

Salt is expected to enjoy batting on the pitch of Gros Islet, which has seen some high scores in this tournament compared to other World Cup venues. The 27-year-old made a significant impact during a T20I series in the West Indies, emerging as the leading run-scorer with an impressive tally of 331 runs in just 5 innings. 

Salt carried his golden form into the 2024 Indian Premier League, becoming the second-highest run-getter for his team, the Kolkata Knight Riders. Despite his consistent performances, he is yet to deliver a defining innings in this tournament, a breakthrough that could very well come against one of his favored opponents, West Indies.

Predicted XIs

West Indies: Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Roston Chase, Rovman Powell ©, Sherfane Rutherford, Andre Russell, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie

England: Philip Salt, Jos Buttler © (wk), Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid


West Indies is one of the three teams in the tournament to win all four of their group matches and also has a distinct advantage playing in their home conditions against England, who have yet to hit their peak form in the ongoing tournament.

Moreover, historical data indicates that West Indies have consistently outperformed England in T20 World Cups, reinforcing their status as favorites for the upcoming match.