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Past players back Windies

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2016 | 12:32 AMJermaine Lannaman
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Former West Indies players Sir Andy Roberts, Jackie Hendriks and David Williams have given the West Indies the edge in the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India today.

Describing the Caribbean aggregation as best suited for the format, and having the psychological edge after defeating England in the preliminaries, as well as the momentum after overcoming title favourites India in the semi-finals, the trio, however, believes it will come down to application.

"I think it's going to be another win for us," stated Hendriks, referring in the process to the regional side's triumph over Sri Lanka four years ago.

"They (England) are a good team, but I think that the West Indies are best for this type of cricket.

"I think if we keep our heads, our bowling attack can keep them within any total we set, as well as we have the batting to chase down any total they set," the former wicketkeeper added.

Roberts, a member of the pioneering Clive Lloyd-led ICC World Cup 50 overs winning teams of 1976 and 1979, highlighted bowling as the key to victory.

"If we bowl well by restricting the amount of sixes, as well as bowling a lot of dot balls, that will be the key to success," cited Roberts.

"We have been bowling well in patches with the spinners, particularly (Samuel) Badree and (Sulieman) Benn, playing extremely well.

"However, the medium pacers such as Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite have at times allowed things to slip."

Williams, meanwhile, a wicketkeeper for the West Indies teams in 1990s, and former West Indies assistant coach, believes the strength of the team's batting will prove decisive.

"The Englishmen should have some headaches when we bat," Williams said.

"We have a lot of match-winners, and have picked up some form, and that is worrying for any opposition.

"It's not just Chris Gayle anymore. Lendl Simmons and Johnson Charles have come along, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo are there, as well as the hitting power of Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite."