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The good news for England is it is coming off far more often than it is not, which means they should make the semi finals. They just got to hope that if they do, their bad day doesnt come there and then or in their final match!

The reason England have never won a world cup

Dont get me wrong, they had a pretty good team. But im more pointing out their strategy helped define them. They took what was thought to be a tried and tested approach and went the opposite way. It was completely different to what we had come to expect from one day cricket.

The reason England have never won a world cup

‘Retro-stodge’ really couldn’t be any more accurate! 😉

The reason England have never won a world cup

The problem with just keeping it to the best players win would be overlooking what Sri Lanka did. SL didnt have the best bowlers in the world, but they got their spinner to do a job and found a new method to approach batting. There was a lot of thought that went in to how they were going to win a WC, then they executed it all quite brilliantly.

The reason England have never won a world cup

Yes no doubt great players and great teams win tournaments. Just looking outside the box and looking as to why one of cricket’s stronger nations hasnt had a break through. Where as you could see a clear plan from other nations in their approach, it’s hard to have ever found one with England.

The reason England have never won a world cup

Hard to believe Aus hasn’t won there since 2001, esp given how many wins from 89 to 01. Hopefully can win that series. I’m not sure about Aus this WC. Not without a chance but I think England are a little stronger overall. But Aus at the WC can never really discard.

The reason England have never won a world cup

I’ve had a theory they win world cups every 37 years. Football in 66, rugby 03 so I wasn’t expecting anything til 2040. But they are my top this wc which goes against that theory!

The reason England have never won a world cup

Fair comment. That was more aimed at Woakes and Curran.

The reason England have never won a world cup

Certainly struggled in the test arena after that Adz.

What happened to Mitchell Starc?

Im just a little concerned with the quantity he has played in the last 2 years. Not saying he cant or wont bowl well at the World Cup, just feel 7 matches in one format over two years is down on what would be considered ideal.

What happened to Mitchell Starc?

Thanks for your contribution Paul. No doubt Australia need him back to bowling at or close to his best at the WC.

What happened to Mitchell Starc?

Yes NZ can still get blown away if not careful, like you said happened against India, but like what happened in 1999 against Australia they can beat any team on their day.

Is NZ's World Cup success a myth?

Yes there is a lot of admiration for NZ cricket. Not a huge pool to choose from but always find something. Chris Harris I thought was a good example of this in 1996. Didn’t ever threaten to do anything, esp. against Australia, and then did something almost match winning and quite brilliant. The loss of McCullum is obviously significant, but there is still quality there.

Is NZ's World Cup success a myth?

Walsh in terms of longevity was proabably top of the tree for me for fast bowlers, but I think Jimmy Anderson has overtaken him. Both superb though.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Nice one mate! Yes the 6 to 10 would all be super as well!

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Lara would have to be in the top 6 for me.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Headley was considered with an average of 60 but only played 22 tests. Similar stas to Pollock!

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Thanks Paul. Curtley would be 6th to be honest. I set the criteria for ‘influence on Windies cricket’ and on those grounds had to get Lloyd in the top 5. But Curtly was awesome!

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

I think calling it ‘old school loop’ is a great way to put it, and spot on. His loop is what got him the top order wickets in Sydney. Really good bowling.

Kuldeeps problem is at home Ashwin and Jadeja have won India test and test, and series after series. Their record at home is phenomenal. However on overseas tours where the conditions suit, he looks to have moved passed Ashwin who hasnt been overly effective in Australia over three tours.

Just how successful were the last 12 months for India?

Cheers mate. As a neutral in the SA and England series I enjoyed them very much. India were simply too good for Australia. I rate the first test against England at Birmingham the test of the year.

Just how successful were the last 12 months for India?

Upgraded from sugar in the pocket to sandpaper! However England were that bad didnt need the sandpaper!

Are Australia's bowlers overrated?

Englands batting was poor but I’d like to see Starc and Cummins work on how the ball comes out. Too wobbly for me.

Are Australia's bowlers overrated?

They’re are still batting Don!

Are Australia's bowlers overrated?

I dont doubt that… just doubt whether he should be playing for Australia or whether its a good time to move on from him. But unless these openers do something this test, he will be picked as soon as available.

Are Australia's bowlers overrated?

Classic!

Are Australia's bowlers overrated?