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Fantasy Picks: Pack your team with West Indians

ESPNCricInfo
21 Feb 2020, 22:42 GMT+10

7:29 AM ETFebruary 22: T20 World Cup - Thailand v West Indies, Perth

Our XI: Shemaine Campbelle, Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Mathews, Deandra Dottin, Naruemol Chaiwai, Nattakan Chantam, Anisa Mohammed, Suleeporn Laomi, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Chanida Sutthiruang

Captain: Deandra Dottin

The West Indies' most important player, Dottin had a wonderful T20 World Cup the last time and there is no reason why she shouldn't sizzle again, even though she's returning after a year out of action. Dottin has a batting strike rate of 125-plus and a couple of centuries in the format. With ball in hand, she has picked up 14 wickets in her last ten games.

Vice-captain: Stafanie Taylor

Skipper Taylor is someone you can always bank on. A wily customer with the ball in hand and a hard hitter who bats at No. 3, if she fails with the bat, she will fire with the ball more often than not. Her experience at the WBBL will come in handy as well.

Hot Picks

Hayley Mathews: A hard-hitting batter up the order, Matthews can demolish attacks on her day. She is the only player other than Dottin to score a century in the format, and her usefulness with the ball shouldn't be forgotten either.

Shakera Selman: The leader of the bowling pack for West Indies, Selman is capable of swinging the ball away from the right-handers and into the left-handers, at pace. Her pace, swing and accuracy could prove to be too much to handle for Thailand and that makes her a must-have.

Chanida Sutthiruang: The Thailand new-ball bowler was the highest wicket taker in the ICC Women's World T20 Qualifiers in Scotland last year, picking up 12 wickets in five games including a four-wicket haul. Sutthiruang's strike rate of 3.47 in T20s is quite unbelievable - you do not want to leave her out!

Value Picks

Shamilia Connell: Connell is a right-arm seamer who bowls with a lot of steam up front and she should rattle the inexperienced Thailand top order.

Suleeporn Laomi: Another leggie who has been successful in T20s, Laomi picked up six wickets in the Qualifiers last year at an economy of 3.16 in 18 overs. She can be a really valuable pick.

Points to note

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