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2016 ICC World Twenty20 schedule and tips – England 3/1 to make final in India

England Nets Session

England fourth in outright betting for World T20, but Bayliss has talented team that can take on the likes of Australia, hosts India and South Africa if they reach business end of tournament.

March marks the start of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, as the shortest form of international cricket takes centre stage in India.

The tournament hosts start as strong 2/1 favourites with a raft of bookmakers, including Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill, to take the T20 title.

South Africa (a best-price 5/1 with bet365 and others) and Australia (top odds of 6/1 with Sky Bet) have hardened themselves by playing a warm-up series against one another, however.

That leaves England fourth in the betting as 7/1 shots with Betway to bounce back from their 2-0 Twenty20 Internationals loss to the Proteas at the end of their winter Tour.

Limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has previously said he is unsure what his best team is, yet Trevor Bayliss’ squad has plenty of quality.

Once the preliminary groups have been decided, with the winner from each stepping up into elite company, the World T20 gets into full swing. The top two in each pool then go on to the knockout phase.

England shall face the West Indies, South Africa, whoever qualifies from Group B and reigning Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka in that order in their pool, Group 1. Their first assignments take place in Mumbai on March 16th and 18th before moving on to Delhi on the 23rd and 26th.

Group 2, meanwhile, contains India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia and whoever comes top of preliminary Group A.

On paper at least, it looks like England have avoided the most perilous pool and that makes a best-price 3/1 available at Betfred for them to make the final terrific value.

Joe Root, meanwhile, is a 28/1 chance with Boylesports to be best batsman of the tournament, but those are longer odds than England opener Alex Hales. It is India’s top order that heads this market, however, with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at best odds of 9/1 and 10/1 respectively.

Indian pitches are usually proficient hunting grounds for spin bowling, leaving South Africa’s Pakistan-born Imran Tahir a tempting 12/1 shot with Paddy Power to be the World T20’s best with the ball.

Conditions should suit spinner duo Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, then, with BetVictor going 11/4 on the former to be England’s best bowler.

An Australia tip that catches the eye is Aaron Finch to be their best batsman, with Boylesports offering the best odds of 9/2 on this after smashing 40 off 18 balls during the first Twenty20 International warm-up against South Africa.

World Twenty20 schedule
All fixtures live on Sky Sports 2, except England v South Africa which is on Sky Sports 1.

Group A
All scheduled start times in GMT and matches to be played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.
March 9th: Bangladesh v Netherlands (09:30)
March 9th: Ireland v Oman (14:00)
March 11th: Oman v Netherlands (09:30)
March 11th: Bangladesh v Ireland (14:00)
March 13th: Ireland v Netherlands (09:30)
March 13th: Bangladesh v Oman (14:00)

Group B
All matches to be played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
March 8th: Hong Kong v Zimbabwe (09:30)
March 8th: Afghanistan v Scotland (14:00)
March 10th: Scotland v Zimbabwe (09:30)
March 10th: Afghanistan v Hong Kong (14:00)
March 12th: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe (09:30)
March 12th: Hong Kong v Scotland (14:00)

Group 1
March 16th: England v West Indies; Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (14:00 GMT)
March 17th: Sri Lanka v Qualifier B; Eden Gardens, Kolkata (14:00 GMT)
March 18th: England v South Africa; Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (14:00 GMT)
March 20th: South Africa v Qualifier B; Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (09:30 GMT)
March 20th: Sri Lanka v West Indies; M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (14:00 GMT)
March 23rd: England v Qualifier B; Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi (09:30 GMT)
March 25th: South Africa v West Indies; Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur (14:00 GMT)
March 26th: England v Sri Lanka; Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi (14:00 GMT)
March 27th: West Indies v Qualifier B; Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur (09:30 BST)
March 28th: South Africa v Sri Lanka; Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi (14:00 BST)

Group 2
March 15th: India v New Zealand; Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur (14:00 GMT)
March 16th: Pakistan v Qualifier A; Eden Gardens, Kolkata (09:30 GMT)
March 18th: Australia v New Zealand; Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala (09:30 GMT)
March 19th: India v Pakistan; Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala (14:00 GMT)
March 21st: Australia v Qualifier A; M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (14:00 GMT)
March 22nd: New Zealand v Pakistan; Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh (14:00 GMT)
March 23rd: India v Qualifier A; M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (14:00 GMT)
March 25th: Australia v Pakistan; Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh (09:30 GMT)
March 26th: New Zealand v Qualifier A; Eden Gardens, Kolkata (09:30 GMT)
March 27th: India v Australia; Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh (14:00 BST)

Semi-finals
March 30th: Winner Group 1 v Runner-up Group 2; Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi (13:30 BST)
March 31st: Winner Group 2 v Runner-up Group 1; Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (13:30 BST)

Final
April 3rd: Winner Semi-final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2; Eden Gardens, Kolkata (13:30 BST)

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