"For us, our focus is on moving forward and trying to get the wins on the board and send a message to everyone that the World Cup is in our backyard and we want to be a team to be beaten." … [Read more...] about Warner not expecting friction between Australia and South Africa
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"It's just words". Really? Sportsmen and psychopaths are alike, in that they have borderline delusional levels of self-confidence. They just know where to turn a blind eye. Steven Smith is back in South Africa - and he is as precise in handpicking his delusions as he is with picking out which balls deserve his ludicrous leave. On a Friday evening, when the Bull ring is intoxicated with beer and boerewors, looking for a place to dump the frustration of a tough work week, they'll find fresh meat in Smith. And gluttony will rear its ugly head, as the happy-go-lucky genius hops around, without a care in the world other than feeding on the juicy half-volleys in store for him. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
It's been a year and a half of mixed results for Pakistan in T20Is. Barring the 3-0 win against Bangladesh, there was no series victory to show in this period. And even the joys of it was short-lived as they were soon whitewashed by the same margin by England. They did have some spirited showings in vain against South Africa and West Indies earlier in the year but have struggled to find the perfect core through the period in which they looked to infuse young players at the expense of the veteran duo of Sana Mir and Nahida Khan. They have blown hot and cold, and promised a lot but failed to live up to it. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
"It doesn't bother me but it shows at the end of the day. They're representing their country as well, they're spectators watching a game of cricket, I'm pretty sure you don't want to be walking away here with teams criticising the way that their fans are acting, it's up to them. We've got to come here and put our best foot forward and try and win the game." … [Read more...] about ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion
And funnily enough, the Indian cricket team has tread lightly and not left much of a trace over the last two decades in New Zealand. To start with, the Black Caps haven't been their preferred opposition away from home for most parts of this century, having made only three Test trips this century. Compare that to five tours each to England, Australia, West Indies and South Africa when it comes to leaving the subcontinent behind. And with only a solitary win across those three trips and nine Tests, they've also ironically left not much of a trace in the most obvious way. And they've made full tours here the way you would visit a relative you like but isn't quite your priority. … [Read more...] about Will the Kohli era ignore The Tiaki Promise?