T20 World Cup: Staff-by-team information and predictions earlier than Tremendous 12 begins

Buttler, Kohli, Warner

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Just tuning into the Men’s T20 World Cup? Where have you been?

After a gripping week of upsets and nervy encounters, the competition welcomes the main contenders on Saturday in what looks a wide open field.

Can England come good when it matters? Will home advantage help Australia defend their title 12 months on? Or can India bounce back from their early exit last time to win the title?

Take a look at BBC Sport’s predictions below, with a guide to each team’s array of big hitters and world-class bowlers.

Group 1 Group 2
Afghanistan Bangladesh
Australia India
England Pakistan
New Zealand South Africa
Sri Lanka Netherlands
Ireland Zimbabwe
Top two sides in each group qualify for the semi-finals

England: Buttler, Rashid and Wood

England

Ranking: Second. 2021 result: Semi-finals. Form (most recent first): WWWWLLWLW

Power, skill and pace. On paper at least, England have it all.

A recent T20 series win in Pakistan has boosted their hopes after a difficult year in white-ball cricket. For four years, they were the world’s dominant limited-overs…

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