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T20 World Cup: Players Looking Forward To Play At West Indies’ St. Lucia Stadium? Here’s Why

Reece Topley anticipates that batters from both teams will enjoy playing on the St. Lucia pitch in the T20 World Cup

Edited By : Shashwat Nishant | Updated: Jun 19, 2024 16:25 IST
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England pacer Reece Topley believes that the Super 8s could be a turning point for the batters in the T20 World Cup 2024. Topley remarked that bowlers should prepare to ‘take their medicine’ after benefiting from favorable conditions earlier in the tournament. So far, the competition has been dominated by bowlers, with only three totals surpassing 200 runs in the group stage. Notably, two of these high scores were achieved at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia.

T20 World Cup 2024 To Witness High Scores At St. Lucia?

England is set to play against co-hosts West Indies at the St. Lucia stadium on Thursday, June 20, in a Group 2 Super 8s match. The teams enter this encounter with contrasting fortunes. England’s progression to the Super 8s depended on Scotland’s loss to Australia, while West Indies advanced after securing four consecutive wins in the group stage.

“It’s nice that there’s obviously new conditions to try and adapt to, but I think it’s going to make for a pretty good cricket wicket regardless. I think the wickets have been kind to bowlers so far, so it might be time to take a bit of medicine, and it might be in the business of problem-solving now and things are a bit more complicated for us as bowlers, but the mission statement is pretty much the same,” Topley told the media in the pre-match press-conference.

“Yeah, that’s probably a complex way to look at it. I think, fundamentally, it’s still the same, it’s still trying to nullify someone’s strengths and I think maybe now you could probably say that when they’re going towards the end, maybe, a singles, a win now as a bowler, whereas last week you could be a bit more attacking and try and be a bit more aggressive with field placements and whatever, but this week it might be a bit different obviously playing here there’s a different pace in the wicket I think I’ve noticed it’s a lot more bouncy as well but then similarly I suppose that’s an advantage that we can try and exploit that as well in the power play trying to get some nicks and things like that.”

Topley anticipates that the batters from both teams will enjoy playing on the St. Lucia pitch, which has been conducive to high scores. Conversely, bowlers might face challenges on this batting-friendly track.

West Indies recorded the tournament’s highest score of 218 runs against Afghanistan at St. Lucia.

Also Read: T20 World Cup 2024: Jasprit Bumrah Gives The Super 8 Pitch Verdict To Rohit Sharma

First published on: Jun 19, 2024 04:25 PM IST

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