Gayle will be too much for England in Twenty20 final

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When looking ahead to England’s ICC World Twenty20 final against the West Indies, it’s clear who they have to stop if they stand any chance of winning.

Chris Gayle has fired his nation to this match and has shown no signs of slowing down throughout the competition.

Indeed, Ladbrokes have him priced at 9/4 to score over 50 runs against England.

Backing the 36-year-old to do so would make a great deal of sense, especially as he racked up 100 not out when these two met earlier on the group stages.

That century is the highest score against a Test-playing nation in the tournament so far and Gayle clearly know what to do when up against England.

Gayle earned a lot of accolades against Eoin Morgan’s side, scoring the fastest ever century in this competition and becoming the first ever player to score two centuries in the World Twenty20.

His staggering statistics don’t stop there, as he also possesses the highest run rate in this year’s cup.

Furthermore, no one in the history of this competition has batted more sixes than Gayle, with Yuvraj Singh on 33 the nearest competitor to the West Indian’s 60.

Punter’s looking to make the most of this force of nature should look at backing the Jamaican batsman to be his side’s top collector of runs.

Backing him to earn this accolade was priced at 5/2, but can now be backed at 3/1 and would be a shrewd investment considering the form Gayle has been in.

Of course, England also have a number of competent batsmen in their midst and Joe Root should make it difficult for the West Indies

The 25-year-old is averaging 48.75 runs per game in the five matches he has played so far and can be backed at 10/3 to be England’s top run scorer.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.