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Morgan & Russell betting tips: T20 World Cup Windies vs. England

7:30pm local time on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

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2014 World T20 result: Super 10

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The second group of the 2016 World Twenty20 Super 10 round will kick off in Mumbai with an enticing clash between two past winners who have plenty to prove.

England won the title in 2010, defeating Australia in the final at Bridgetown, but their exploits in major tournaments since have left quite a bit to be desired.

They were an embarrassment at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, exiting at the first hurdle after losing four of their six group games.

But an administrative overhaul at the ECB has turned the Brits around, and their performances in limited-overs cricket in the last nine months have been as positive and refreshing as they were hopeless and insipid beforehand.

Eoin Morgan’s men lost 2-0 in their recent T20 series in South Africa, but only after claiming five consecutive victories in 20-over internationals.

That run included wins over both New Zealand and Australia, and a 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan in the UAE.

But whereas England are rejuvenated, West Indies cricket is just about on its death bed – at least in the older formats.

The Caribbean nations haven’t won a series in either Tests or One Day Internationals since 2014, when they claimed a clean sweep in both formats against a touring Bangladesh side.

They were humiliated by Australia in the latest staging of the Frank Worrell Trophy, while their ODI series in Sri Lanka last November ended in a 3-0 result for the hosts.

But the main source of WI’s troubles in the longer forms could be their greatest weapon at India 2016.

Star players such as Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo have often chosen high-paying domestic leagues over representing their collective countries, but the big names are ready to don the maroon for the Twenty20 World Cup.

There are a few notable absentees, however, with Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard and now Lendl Simmons forced to withdraw from the squad.

Eoin Morgan betting markets

England’s Irish-born captain has soaked up praise aplenty for the turnaround in the team’s fortunes since the disaster that was the 2015 World Cup.

If only his batting was blossoming in the same way as his leadership skills.

The 29-year-old has failed to pass 50 in his last 12 international knocks, and his run of five straight scores under 30 in South Africa led some to ask whether ‘English captain syndrome’ had already struck.

But when Morgan is on, he is devastating, and scores of 42, 10 and 38 in his last three Twenty20 innings would appear to suggest that his touch is returning.

A big skipper’s knock in the opening game would be just the ticket for an England outfit looking to silence the doubters and make amends.

Top England runscorer – $5.50

England to win/Morgan top score – $9

Top match batsman – $11

Man of the match – $11

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Andre Russell player bets

A year ago he was an obscurity, but now the big Jamaican allrounder is one of the hottest properties in T20 cricket.

‘Dre Russ’ was a huge success for Sydney Thunder in the 2015-16 Big Bash League, wowing the Australian crowds with his raw pace, heavy hitting and freakish fielding.

The 27-year-old also has plenty of form in subcontinental conditions, having starred for Kolkata Knight Riders with 14 wickets and 326 runs in IPL 2015.

He was hot with the ball throughout February in the Pakistani Super League, and he will be the go-to guy when the Windies need to get things done at India 2016.

Top West Indies wicket-taker – $4

Top West Indies runscorer – $10

Top runscorer and top wicket-taker – $34

Top match batsman – $26

Man of the match – $11

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England World Twenty20 squad

Eoin Morgan (captain)
Moeen Ali
Sam Billings
Jos Buttler
Liam Dawson
Alex Hales
Chris Jordan
Liam Plunkett
Adil Rashid
Joe Root
Jason Roy
Ben Stokes
Reece Topley
James Vince
David Willey

West Indies T20 World Cup squad

Darren Sammy (captain)
Samuel Badree
Sulieman Benn
Carlos Brathwaite
Dwayne Bravo
Johnson Charles
Andre Fletcher
Chris Gayle
Jason Holder
Evin Lewis
Ashley Nurse
Dinesh Ramdin
Andre Russell
Marlon Samuels
Jerome Taylor

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