"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 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'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
Warner expects an equally cordial relationship with de Kock. "I don't have his number and I speak to a few of the South African guys but I've never played in the same team as him or anything like that," Warner said. "Obviously it's a little bit different. I'm sure if I see him on the field and that we'll just treat each other how we normally would as respectful opponents." … [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