"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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When South Africa blanked New Zealand 3-0 in the ODI series in New Zealand, it seemed they were peaking at the right time for the T20 World Cup. That, however, turned out to be a false dawn as they slipped in the T20Is series to a 1-3 defeat. Since the last T20 World Cup, they've won eight and lost eight games. Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have been among the runs while injury has plagued their captain Dane van Niekerk. As many as eight players were part of Women's Big Bash League and that'll help the side as they aim to upset the likes of England and West Indies. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
As for Australia, they haven't played T20I cricket in two and a half months. However, they have won their last two home series so comprehensively, it's rather difficult not to picture them holding the T20 World Cup at the 'G at the end of the year. Five wins in six games (one of them, a no result), with the victory margins reading: 134 runs, 9 wickets, 7 wickets, 7 wickets and 10 wickets. Aaron Finch and David Warner have been difficult to get past, so the South African crowds, and the players would be ill-advised to get in the ear of a player who scores a has been dismissed once in his last six outings in T20Is (for 267 runs, including a hundred). As for the bowling, there's Mitchell Starc at the death, Pat Cummins with the new ball, and Adam Zampa in the middle. It's a World Cup year, and Australia really are going for the kill. After all, they have a legacy to live upto: "Make the World Cup a no-contest." It may take the Aussies a while to get into their groove, but their T20I form … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
Ireland clinched the Grand Slam on their last visit to Twickenham in 2018, ending a run of three straight Six Nations defeats in south-west London. They will collect the Triple Crown if they emerge victorious this weekend, while also remaining on track for a second Grand Slam in three years. … [Read more...] about QUIZ: England vs Ireland past Six Nations matches at Twickenham
"It's one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket and you don't really have much time over the short period of the time to get underneath each other's skin or anything like that," Warner said. "And you don't go out there to do that. Obviously they [South Africa] had some heated exchanges with the English and that was during the Test matches. For us, our focus is 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 ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion