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An in form Mitch Marsh was missing in India. I will pick him ahead of both Stoinis & Short.

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

Good one 🙂 hope Kawhi’s team reaches the Western Conference final at least.

The Leonard load management conundrum and the cost of resting in the west

Good Article Ryan, definitely the exclusive coverage to Fox Cricket for few games has impacted the viewership count for sure. But CA doesnt bother a bit, they need more money. I feel this season is slightly better than last season with more star players. Still it is boring to watch for me (i watch only the games on Seven). Only very few teams are compelling to watch. I took a ticket for one of the Sixers match @ SCG and i couldn’t go due to some reasons, and i was struggling to resell my ticket. No one gives a damn about Big Bash, i should have realized it

The Big Bash has big problems

Rather than worrying about wicket keepers, the bigger worry should be about the backup for Nathan Lyon, the cupboard is bare in the spin department

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

Kane took 3 wickets against SL, so does that mean he is going to get few more matches ?

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

Congrats Raptors !!, Kawhi for president !! Warriors were favorites for the finals. But Raptors won 3 times in their home ground, what a Finals series this has been. Entire Canada supported the Raptors and the watch parties in Toronto were awesome.

Toronto Raptors win first NBA Championship with Game 6 thriller

I dont know who rated Kane as a good death bowler. The only notable performance in his career so far is the 5 fer ( 5 for 68 from 10 overs) he took against India @ Canberra in a match which India should have won easily. and I am not forgetting the fact that he was a last minute replacement for his namesake Jhye.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

After 4 matches, one thing is certain. This current Aussie team doesn’t look like a champion team. Bowling clearly lacks depth after Cummins and Starc. In a tournament where 350 is a defendable total, they cant escape with 300 odd against better teams (England / India). these kinda collapses will be duly punished by teams like England. I felt it was Pakistan’s game to lose when they were sitting comfortably at 136 for 2. Richardson should be dropped for Behrendorff.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

1999 WC Semi final – best one day match ever played, no doubt about that. Some might argue that 434-438 was the best match, but cant agree with that thought as stakes were high as it was WC semi final in the former and the other one was the last match of a bilateral series.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 7

it is not impossible in semi final to chase down 280 odd, NZ chased 298 in the 2015 World cup semi final, you may argue that it is a small ground and also against known chokers SA.

Don't be mistaken, England are still World Cup favourites

Bowling certainly looked rusty, if they bowl this kinda of trash (like Zampa and Stoinis did at times) against teams like India and England, they will be chasing 350+ scores, they miss Jhye Richardson and Hazlewood for sure. I think they should Jason Behrendorff a chance soon.

David Warner, Aaron Finch lead Australia through demolition job of Afghanistan

Usually NZ punch above their weight in World Cups, but i am not expecting them to do it again. NZ batting is inexperienced in my opinion, except Taylor, KW and Guptill. and see how the bowlers suffered at the hands of West Indies yesterday. Southee is inconsistent, only Boult they can rely upon. Henry gave over 100 against Windies and i am not sure if he play first game. Santner is a defensive bowler at best. And Collin Munro is just another T20 hitter as far as i am concerned. Doesnt have a good record against the top 4 teams – just 2 Fifties against England, India, Australia and South Africa. NZ’s batting definitely is over dependent on Taylor and Kane, if those 2 guys are dismissed cheaply, then it will be very tough for NZ. My prediction – 5th or 6th.

The Roar's Cricket World Cup preview series: New Zealand

Finch’s issue with incoming deliveries was again on display against SL yesterday. In such a situation, you need a calm presence like Khawaja at the top of the order.

Khawaja at risk of being axed for World Cup opener

I think India will struggle in games where at least 2 of top 3 dismissed early. I am still not convinced about their middle order in pressure situations. With all the hype around Bumrah, i have a hunch that he might flop in the world cup due to the weight of expectations.

The Roar's Cricket World Cup preview series: India

I hope Kawhi doesnt leave. They need him for some time now. Lowry is inconsistent these days. I hope they manage to beat Bucks somehow (even though it is very unlikely at this stage). Even at home, they struggled to beat Bucks and needed 2 OTs.

Don't touch my Kawhi

Not all pitches are that flat – for example, Old Trafford (6 matches in this WC) , Edgabston (5 matches) and Lords (5 matches) (if you see the recent scores not many 300 + scores). Pitches like Trent Bridge (5 matches), Southampton (5 matches) and Oval (5 matches) are flat pancake decks. and also they have the small grounds like Bristol (3 matches), Taunton (3 matches) etc.

Uber-flat English pitches would mar World Cup

Good Analysis Paul. yes this could be a very open tournament compared to the last few editions, even though it is not doing to justice to associate nations like Ireland. I think there could be one or 2 teams who will win at least 7 or 8 league matches like New Zealand in 1992. If it goes like an IPL tournament (ie the last 4 are still not decided when we reach the last 3-4 matches point), it will be an exciting tournament for the fans.

Is there a genuine form line for the World Cup?

I dont know why there were so many Watson haters in social media. May be it was frustrated Aussie fans who were fed up with Watson. I remember seeing “Shane Watson Depreciation Society” (as a group) in Facebook once 😉

The joyous autumn of Shane Watson

May be that 1992 Semi final @ Eden Park, Inz’s amazing 37 ball 60. they missed Crowe’s captaincy in the 2nd half. Not sure if this match can be termed as a choke. You have to give credit to Pakistan for their brilliant chase. In all other semi finals, it was mostly one sided affairs (99 against Pakistan, 2007 against SL etc) , Yes New Zealand is one team who always pull above their weight in World Cup Cricket.

The four teams that will reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals

Yea South Africa’s tendency to choke in ICC tournaments is well documented, starting with their 1999 World Cup semi final loss @ Edgbaston. But this time around, they have to play only 2 knockout matches (provided they get there) after the league matches. and they beat Sri Lanka in last World Cup in Q/F’s to end their knockout hoodoo. and they were well placed to beat NZ in 2015 semi finals – only for quota system (Philander over Abbott) rain, missed catches / run out chances and Grant Elliott’s freak innings to play spoilsport in the end.

The four teams that will reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals

I think it wont be a good move to push Warner down the order, he is an opener in one day cricket (only once in his entire ODI career he batted in middle order, at no.5 against Scotland in 2015 WC) and World Cup is not a place for experiments as far as i am concerned . They tried this in 2016 World T20 and it didnt work. But this is a different format altogether. and Finch already gave a hint that he is not going to bat in the middle order.

The four teams that will reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals

I will be happy to see the Kiwis proving me wrong. But they surely miss some one like McCullum this time. Guptill was in terrible form against India at home even though he recovered against Bangladesh. Ross Taylor is in the form of his life, i hope he get rid off his run out habit. The problem i have with Munro , Nicholls, Latham and Neesham is their inexperience. How many one day hundreds these guys have against top team like India, England, Australia, South Africa etc (just one for Latham against India in 2017) ? In 2015 , they had Elliott and Corey Anderson. Neesham is almost like Anderson. If NZ’s bowling click, they could pip South Africa or Australia to reach Semi Finals. But if you ask to place a bet for this , i wont include them in my top 4 list.

and when it comes to Pakistan, they are kinda of unknown to me, especially the bowling attack. I am not sure if they will spring a surprise or two in this world cup. If you look at their record against top teams in the last 4 years, they have less 300+ scores when compared to teams like England and India.

The four teams that will reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals

Yes I agree this prediction is like a betting gamble :). I dont know what Pakistan team is coming up. They won the 2017 Champions Trophy, but for a round-robin league based tournament like this, i am not expecting them to make semi final cut.

The four teams that will reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals

Aussie selectors did that to Brad Hodge in the past – dumped him after scoring a double 100 against South Africa. I wont be surprised if Joe Burns is dropped from the Ashes squad.

Joe Burns on the outer for Ashes

But Shaun Marsh is not a match winner like Maxwell or Warner. He can only play a supporting role i feel, and thats why all his recent hundreds ended up on losing causes. Finch was criticized for not making big hundreds in the past (in the 2017 away series against India and 2018 home series against England). The problem with Marsh some times is he takes too much time to get going, same case with Stoinis. and this is the main reason why i would have picked Handscomb or Turner ahead of Shaun Marsh.

Selectors can’t rid themselves of the Marsh habit