ICC World Twenty20: West Indies have the edge over England in title clash, says Nasser Hussain

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain feels the West Indies, with their power-packed batting line-up, have the edge over Eoin Morgan’s England in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.West Indies have been in phenomenal form and they defeated pre-tournament favourites, hosts India in a dazzling semi-final clash at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.On the other hand, England made it to the final on the back of some superb performances from Joe Root and after crushing New Zealand in the semi-finals at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday. (Also read: World T20 final – Gayle not the only threat to England, says Morgan)Hussain, however, felt that the West Indies had the edge over the Englishmen because of their experience. “Experience will count for the West Indies. It will be a litmus test for England tomorrow. West Indies have been on the big stage so many times. A lot of these guys have been there when their team won the title in Sri Lanka in 2012. They have the IPL exposure also. (Also read: England, West Indies on the verge of creating ICC World Twenty20 history)”It will definitely not be a one-man show in the final. If Chris Gayle goes, there can someone else. West Indies have a very long batting line-up. They are experienced. You don’t know what to expect from them,” Nasser said in an exclusive interview to India Today. (Also read: Only we can beat ourselves, Darren Sammy warns England)  Nasser also said England were fearless and have a fantastic opportunity to outclass the big-hitting Caribbean unit. ‘England got better with games. West Indies and South Africa were expected to go through from Group 1 but England showed great character.advertisement”I was worried about England’s bowling but Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes have bowled well at the death, they have been clever. England have a good batting line-up as well,” he said.Meanwhile former West Indies captain Ian Bishop said that the World Twenty20 was important for the legacy of Chris Gayle. The powerful Jamaican southpaw started the tournament with a bang against England smashing the fastest century ever recorded in the World T20s.However, Gayle has failed to fire in any of the subsequent matches in the tournament.”Tomorrow is very important for his (Gayle) legacy and for that of the team.”He is the leading voice in the West Indies dressing room. Gayle knows batting, if you talk to him about how he sets up his T20 innings, you might be blown way. He’s already written his chapter in his career. Whatever he does from here is a bonus,” Bishop said.last_img read more