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Warne tips India and Pakistan to be successful

Australian legend Shane Warne believes India and Pakistan, both former winners, will be two of the favorites to win the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

"India because their players play so much in the IPL. And Pakistan because the format suits them. But Australia is playing more of it and understanding the game a lot better," said Warne.

"MS Dhoni is a very good captain but Virender Sehwag is a massive loss with his shoulder problem. Shahid Afridi is a good captain and a very good cricketer but can be hit and miss. They will be in the mix."

Warne also feels Australia skipper Michael Clarke will play an important role for the Aussies who are still coming to terms with the shortest format of the game.

"We have spoken a lot about what is required in Twenty20 and Michael has captained very well recently. He has to put his stamp on the team," he added.

"You have to identify your strengths as a team. For instance, at the Rajasthan Royals, we have never lost after batting first and making 145 or more. So Michael has to get his batting order right and decide if we are a bat first or bowl first team."

"With David Warner and Shane Watson opening, Clarke at three, Cameron White, Mike and David Hussey, plus Tim Paine as a floater, then Mitchell Johnson and Steven Smith at seven and eight, that sounds all right to me."

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