A Look Back at T20 World Cup

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The 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia is a tournament the West Indies will want to forget in a hurry. Not only did they fail to reach the Super 12s, but they also finished bottom of their group in the opening round, below Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Scotland.

Defeats to Scotland and Ireland did the damage for the West Indies in the short-format competition. They lost their opening game of the tournament to the former by 42 runs, while in what was a must-win game in Hobart, they fell to Ireland by nine wickets.

There were very few highlights for the West Indies during their brief stint in Australia. Brandon King’s unbeaten 62 in their final game was one of those. His innings came in just 48 balls.

Seamer Alzarri Joseph also showed what he was capable of in the Windies’ sole victory over Zimbabwe. He picked up four wickets for just 16 runs in his four overs. He was instrumental in bowling the opposition out for 122.

West Indies will be hoping to perform much better next year at the 2023 Cricket World Cup. They are as big as +5000 in the outright betting for the trophy, but their odds will vary depending on which country and even state you are betting in due to the different sportsbooks that are available. If you are looking to back the West Indies to prevail at next year’s World Cup, it is worth comparing sites to find the one that fits your playing style. For example, in Ohio, when online betting becomes available from January 1, 2023, there are some sportsbooks that will be offering a free sign-up promotion which you can then use on the Cricket World Cup. You may also want to consider the type of bets your sportsbook offers, as you may want to bet on the Windies in a prop bet, parlay or point spread.

England Prove to Be Leading White Ball Team Again

2019 Cricket World Cup winners England continued their dominance in white ball cricket with a victory over Pakistan in the final in Australia. Surprisingly, their only defeat came against Ireland in the Super 12s.

England held their nerve to win games against Sri Lanka (Supers 12s) and India (semi-final) to remain in the competition. Jos Buttler led his team to success, with Ben Stokes once again proving to be the man who steered them to victory in the final, just like he has so often before.

The T20 World Cup champions played aggressively throughout the tournament, with their win against India in their last four encounter showcasing that approach. Openers Buttler and Alex Hales attacked from the opening ball of the innings, putting on a 164 partnership in their 10-wicket success.

Associate Members Show They Can Mix with World’s Best

West Indies were not the only team to suffer embarrassing defeats at the 2022 T20 World Cup. It was a tournament where the associate members made a name for themselves.

The Netherlands was able to qualify for the Super 12s and they ended South Africa’s run in the tournament in the final game of the group stages. Earlier in Group 2, Zimbabwe was celebrating after their victory over eventual runners-up Pakistan in an exciting game in Perth.

Hosts Australia was unable to make it past the Super 12s this year. They were the defending champions but the defeat to New Zealand in their opening game left them on the back foot and with too much to do to qualify.

West Indies will reflect on 2022 as a largely disappointing year. They will be hoping to perform much better in all three formats of the game in 2023.

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