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I hope they have a great tournament. Who knows, one of the players might nab an IPL contract and be able to support his village. Good luck to them.

Hotel fires, machetes and second-hand kit: The incredible story of T20 World Cup's ultimate minnows

I know they’ve been struggling a lot recently but it is pretty harsh calling Sri Lanka minnows. It wasn’t long ago that they were consistently one of the top teams in the world and had all time greats like Sangakkara and Murali.

Hotel fires, machetes and second-hand kit: The incredible story of T20 World Cup's ultimate minnows

If tests were being played in the West Indies I’d be tempted to think about Jason Holder who is Tarzan at home, but Jane away. The difference in his stats is extraordinary.

At home:
Holder, 28 tests for 1585 runs @ 39.62 and 88 wickets @ 21.77 (amazing numbers)

Neutral:
Holder, 4 tests for 134 runs @ 33.50 and 14 wickets @ 18.21 (more amazing numbers but small sample size)

Away:
Holder, 19 tests for 715 runs @ 22.34 and 35 wickets @ 42.34 (terrible numbers for a player of his talent)

The greatest West Indies Test side of the last 50 years

Amazing side. Would be nice for the current WI to improve to be competitive again. Jason Holder is a quality player and Kemar Roach one of the better quicks around, but they need more batting.

The greatest West Indies Test side of the last 50 years

No offence to Gillespie, McDermott, Thomson but Pat Cummins is a better bowler than those blokes. Hazelwood might be too.

The greatest West Indies Test side of the last 50 years

Should be a good tournament. Anyone from India, England, NZ, WI, Pakistan, South Africa, or Australia could win it. Toss a coin. Would be nice for NZ to win 2 world titles in 5 months.

Biggest stars, key dates, how to watch and bold predictions: Your ultimate guide to the T20 World Cup

I think the 2 Ollies (Pope and Robinson) will be key – seriously good players. Ollie Stone might’ve been handy too if not injured. I see Curran is missing due to injury. I think his bowling would’ve struggled (too slow) but at least given a left arm option.

'Premonition of doom': England reacts to Ashes squad, Stokes in frame for shock late call up

What’s difference between Cinderella and the English batting lineup (sans Root)?

Cinderella knew when to leave the ball.

All aboard! England at full strength for Ashes tour, except for Ben Stokes

He (Archer) averages over 100 against NZ and was terrible when he toured here (although Root overbowled him trying to dismiss Watling when he scored a double century). I admit Archer was very good in the World Cup and against Australia.

All aboard! England at full strength for Ashes tour, except for Ben Stokes

Racism is a terrible thing and it is awful that it is in cricket. Please note it was English ‘fans’ who racially abused Jofra – not Kiwis.

Get up, stand up and let's fight against racism in cricket

He has a bowling average of 31. How many test bowling attacks would he make? NZ, no. India, no. Australia, no. South Africa, no. Pakistan, no. West Indies, perhaps.

All aboard! England at full strength for Ashes tour, except for Ben Stokes

I think England should’ve gambled a bit more. Saqib Mahmood for Overton, and Matt Parkinson for Dom Bess might give England more variety in their bowling.

All aboard! England at full strength for Ashes tour, except for Ben Stokes

Re the openers:

Zak Crawley (who’s basically scored no runs in his test career except one big double century) can also open.

All aboard! England at full strength for Ashes tour, except for Ben Stokes

Archer would be nowhere near the world top 10 of high profile players. Top 30/40 perhaps.

All aboard! England at full strength for Ashes tour, except for Ben Stokes

When NZ won a series in Australia in 1985/86 for the first (and only) time, in each test the captain winning the toss inserted the opposition and won the match.

Who gives a toss? Part 3: When sending Australia in paid off (warning: rated PG)

I’m not a leaguie, but I watched games when Marshall was involved. The Kiwis 2008 League World Cup win was amazing and due to Benji. He was by far the best player on the park and yet Lockyer was awarded motm. Weird!??

Go well in retirement

'It was alien, poetic': Why I'm forever watching Benji

Obviously nowhere near as good as greats like Nonu and Smith, but was a decent midfielder and a quality leaguie. Would be useful in the ABs now as we are missing a physical presence at 12. Commentary work is perhaps not the best career choice.

Why I'll be buying Sonny Bill's book

Okay

Where does Mark Waugh sit in cricket's pantheon?

England had Graham Thorpe who was a decent batsman, but their bowling attack had no seamers better than a Chaminda Vaas or Heath Streak (and obviously no spinners within cooee of Murali). The English bowling attack was about the same as NZ’s in the 90s (i.e. solid, but not flash).

Where does Mark Waugh sit in cricket's pantheon?

What’s your issue with Doull (apart from being a much better commentator than Waugh)? He took his wickets at under 30 and could really swing the ball. His 7-fer against the Indian big guns in the late 90s was brilliant as was a ball to Nasser Hussain (look it up on YouTube).

Where does Mark Waugh sit in cricket's pantheon?

England got thrashed by Sri Lanka at home in 1998 (Murali 16 wickets in the match in one of the greatest ever bowling performances of all time), then beaten at home by NZ in 1999 to drop to last in the world rankings behind Zimbabwe. Also Zimbanwe were decent – they beat Pakistan in a test series in Pakistan in 1998. The point is that all teams were fairly competitive in the 90s.

Where does Mark Waugh sit in cricket's pantheon?

How are stats against England in the 1990s relevant? I know the Ashes are a big deal but in the 90s they were a non-event. Don’t forget that at one stage England was rated below Zimbabwe as the worst test team in the world (pre-Bangladesh). They certainly had no players half as good as Andy Flower and Heath Streak.

Where does Mark Waugh sit in cricket's pantheon?

It would be nice to achieve it, but it isn’t that impressive as we haven’t had to travel to Argentina and South Africa. Hopefully we also go unbeaten on the northern hemisphere tour, but that will be tough.

'Grand Slam opportunity': Foster calls on All Blacks to deliver perfect record

He reminds me of a young Nonu. If he develop his passing and kicking game like old Nonu did he could be a great.

MATCH REPORT: Kerevi and Kellaway deliver as Wallabies overcome Argentina

Good player Kerevi. He’s one wallaby who is good enough to make the ABs.

MATCH REPORT: Kerevi and Kellaway deliver as Wallabies overcome Argentina

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