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West Indies: Fall at the First Hurdle?

February 14, 2011 by

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SQUAD: Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Rusell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Adrian Barath. Probable starting XI: Gayle, Barath,  Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Rampaul, Sammy, Baugh, Benn, Roach I think it’s fair to say that […]

Kenya: More Than Just a Tikolo

February 13, 2011 by

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Having worked recently with South African legend, Jonty Rhodes, and displaying some strong performances in pre-tournament matches so far, Kenya are a team determined not to be written off as just another minnow.  They will be hoping to repeat their 2003 jaunt to the semi-finals, but they will have a tough path to do so. […]

Sri Lanka: Consistency is the Key

February 13, 2011 by

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The last few years have been quite a time for Sri Lanka. As far as limited over matches are concerned, there’s a sense in Sri Lanka that we are finally on the right track to achieving the type of consistency that is appropriate for the calibre of players that we have. Our performances were good, […]

Ireland: Banging on the Glass Ceiling

February 12, 2011 by

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Ireland have a problem going into the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Four years since nudging the old farts of world cricket into life with an unexpectedly successful debut in the West Indies, the onus is on the Irish to repeat the trick this time around. It is, admittedly, their own doing, but not necessarily a bad […]

World Cup Fantasy Fun

February 12, 2011 by

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Armchair Critics are probably the most passionate yet most ridiculed species in sports. A not so wise man once said, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one”. A fat obnoxious Pom’s response to anyone questioning his cricketing logic is to ask how many test wickets have they taken. So how do you prove your understanding […]

South Africa: Can They Deliver?

February 11, 2011 by

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The Proteas and the World Cup mix like water and oil. They have had a dramatic, emotional relationship over the past 18 years, a relationship that has always ended badly for the Proteas. I won’t bore you with the failings of the past World Cup performances, nor will I take cheap shots at past players […]

Pakistan: A reprise of 1992 or 2007?

February 11, 2011 by

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Brian Philips, in a recent post of his (which is perhaps the kind of blog that pays off all that money wasted on your liberal arts degree), asked if “story [is] something a lot of sports-writing struggles with? I mean story at the simplest level is, the this-happened-and-then-this-happened level, the level of basic immersion and […]

New Zealand: Battling the Form Book

February 10, 2011 by

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This is probably the worst buildup that New Zealand have had to a world cup, since 1992. Thanks to a combination of injuries, indifferent form, and inexperience in subcontinental conditions, they have won only 3 of their last 17 games. This includes a run of 14 losses out of 15 in the middle – worse […]

Australia: Four-Peat Champions?

February 10, 2011 by

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The three-time defending champions are heading into the world cup tournament on the back of a humiliating home Ashes defeat and with a few injuries in the bag. Amongst others, Ponting has been out with a finger injury for a while; Hauritz was hoping to make his comeback as the number one spinner but has […]

The Netherlands: Making up the Numbers?

February 9, 2011 by

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The plans for the 2015 World Cup may be the bullet with the Netherlands’ name on it, but for now, Group B awaits probably one of the most competent of the Associate nations. 2007 was a horror show as they conceded more than 350 against Australia and South Africa, whilst a steamrollering of Scotland was […]