"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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What's clicked: Following an average showing in Ashes, England head coach Mark Robinson decided to step down, while key players like Sarah Taylor, Laura Marsh and Jenny Gunn also announced their retirements. England meanwhile, brought in young players like legbreak bowler Sarah Glenn, pacer Freya Davies and offspinner Mady Villiers, who have come up with impressive performances to earn spots in the squad for upcoming the multi-team event. The move to promote Amy Jones to open the batting while moving the experienced Tammy Beaumont down the order has worked for England in a few games and they'll be hoping this pays dividends during the World Cup. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
South Africa have problems of their own. Faf du Plessis is no longer the captain, their yesteryear legends are long gone, and their administration is in tatters. Furthermore, after a long home summer, their predicament can be put down in numbers: lost 1-3 in Tests, and 1-2 in the T20Is. There was a little blip, with a tight 1st T20I, in which they thought they shook the "choker" monkey off their back, only for the persistent ape to come salivating back in the two remaining T20Is. They've had a torrid time of it in the Tests, and they are in dire need of a ray of sunshine to get them out of the turbulent ocean. A T20 series win in a World T20 year will do it. To start with, they need to find an opener, given Temba Bavuma's injury to get things rolling with Quinton de Kock. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
So far, though, Warner's experience of being back in South Africa has been positive, despite the painful memories. "Obviously echoing Steve's words yesterday, about walking into first the airport and then walking into here, obviously the memories weren't great," he said. "But the last few days, every single person that we've come across that's asked for a photo, or that we've come into contact with or spoken to, have had nothing but great words to say and welcoming us to the country and being really, really polite. … [Read more...] about ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion
“It’s one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Warner said. “You don’t really have much time over the short period of time to get underneath each other’s skin or anything like that. And you don’t go out there to do that. Obviously they had some heated exchanges with the English (last month) and that was during the Test matches.” … [Read more...] about We’ll Treat Each Other as Respectful Opponents: David Warner on Quinton de Kock