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Women's T20 World Cup: West Indies Women v England Women preview: England expected to ease to opening victory

England are one of the main title contenders at the Women's T20 World Cup and they start their campaign against the West Indies on Saturday.

Heather Knight's side completed their build-up to the tournament with an impressive five-wicket victory over New Zealand in Cape Town and they are 1/20 to beat the Windies in their Group B opener in Paarl.

WhatWest Indies v England, Women's T20 World Cup
WhereBoland Park, Paarl, South Africa
When13:00, Saturday 11th February
How to watchSky Sports Cricket & Main Event
OddsWest Indies 10/1, England 1/20

Windies skipper Matthews hoping to repeat her 2016 heroics

Australia, despite a shock warm-up defeat to Ireland, are hot favourites to win a sixth Women's T20 World Cup in eight editions of the tournament but Saturday's Group B fixture features the only other two teams to have lifted the trophy.

England beat New Zealand in the inaugural final at Lord's in 2009 and the West Indies shocked the Aussies in 2016 with their eight-wicket victory in the final in Kolkata.

The Windies are 10/1 to win their opening group fixture and, as those odds suggest, they have struggled to build on their 2016 success, losing 5-0 in December's home T20 series against England.

Last July's shock retirement of star all-rounder Deandra Dottin, who smashed a 38-ball century against South Africa at the 2010 T20 World Cup, significantly weakens the side so much will depend on captain Hayley Matthews and experienced all-rounder Stafanie Taylor, who has had an injury-disrupted build-up to the tournament.

That pair shared an opening stand of 120 in the 2016 final against Australia and Matthews, just 18 years of age, was named player of the match after dismissing the dangerous Alyssa Healy and scoring 66 from 45 balls.

Matthews is 15/8 to be the Team - Top Batter for the West Indies with Taylor 9/4 in the same market and England will be keen to get rid of those two players early and expose an unconvincing middle-order.

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Commonwealth Games star Capsey raring to go for England

England suffered a cruel end to their 2020 T20 World Cup campaign as their semi-final was rained off, meaning opponents India progressed to the final because they had won their group.

They have had some positive fitness bulletins in the lead-up to the 2023 tournament, as skipper Knight has recovered from a hip injury and talented young all-rounder Alice Capsey is back after a broken collarbone.

Capsey top-scored in all three group matches at last year's Commonwealth Games T20 tournament in Birmingham and she is 15/4 to be England's Team - Top Batter on her World Cup debut. Nat Sciver, England's top runscorer in their semi-final and bronze-medal match defeats to India and New Zealand last summer, is 4/1.

Sciver relishes the big occasions, scoring 148 not out in last year's 50-over World Cup final defeat to Australia in Christchurch. She also top-scored with an unbeaten 20 off 12 balls in England's last meeting with the Windies, who were bowled out for just 43 in Barbados in December.

England's bowling unit poses huge threat in Paarl

The West Indies will want to forget their drubbing in Bridgetown just before Christmas when England's bowlers sealed a series clean sweep in devastating style.

Teenager Djenaba Joseph, with 11, was the only Windies batter to reach double figures as fast bowler Freya Davies took 3-2 and Charlie Dean finished the series with 11 wickets in four matches.

England's Lauren Bell picked up nine wickets in just three games in the Caribbean and she is 6/5 to claim over 1.5 in the Bowler Total Match Wickets market at Boland Park.

And if that wasn't enough for the West Indies to worry about, England also have classy pace bowlers Katherine Brunt and Kate Cross as well as spinner Sophie Ecclestone, who is currently top of the ICC's T20 bowling rankings.

Slow left-armer Ecclestone warmed up for the Group B opener by taking 3-19 in the victory over New Zealand and she is 5/2 to be England's Team - Top Bowler against the West Indies. Dean, who tormented the Windies in the Caribbean in December, is 5/1.

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