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Radford makes case for Windies defence

By Dave Clark

Glamorgan head coach Toby Radford says West Indies can become the first team to win the World Twenty20 twice.

Sunil Narine is a player that "batsmen found difficult to pick and certainly to score off" according to Toby Radford

Radford was part of the Windies coaching set-up when Darren Sammy’s side beat hosts Sri Lanka in the final two years ago.

And the 42-year-old says the Caribbean outfit, who start their defence versus India today, can retain their title - especially if the pitches in Bangladesh are flat.

"I think it was a side that had all bases covered when you look at the team,” Radford told ecb.co.uk.

“It had a lot of big strikers who could clear the boundary for fours and sixes; they had a mystery spinner in Sunil Narine, who batsmen found difficult to pick and certainly to score off in 20-over cricket. We managed to get wickets early with the likes of Ravi Rampaul, and [Samuel] Badree was very tight with his leg-spin.

“I think it depends if the wickets are flat. My only concern for West Indies is if the wickets spin in Bangladesh, which they can do, and then it’s a bit more difficult for them. If the wickets are flat they’ve got a very good chance.

“Australia are playing great cricket everywhere at the moment in any format so they’d be a side to look at.

“Of course Asian teams playing in Asia know the conditions and play spin well, which could be a factor out there.

“My three sides to watch would be West Indies, Australia and maybe India.”

England were a touch unfortunate in falling to a Duckworth-Lewis defeat to New Zealand yesterday, but Radford believes the 2010 winners should not be written off if they can keep things tight in the field.

“If England are really firing they’ve got a chance,” he added. “Their form in Twenty20 hasn’t been great and they haven’t got the huge boundary hitters and people that can clear the ropes which get you large scores.” 

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