"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?
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
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
What needs to click now: As strong as they are, Australia aren't without some concern though. Healy, who has left only destruction in her wake since taking up the opener's role in late 2017, has suddenly endured a bit of a form slump. This year, she only has single-digit scores after being named ICC's T20I Cricketer of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Their bowling was tested as well in the recent tri-series as India chased down a target of 174 in one of the games. It will also be interesting to see whether the fact of playing at home acts as a boost or detriment. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group A: Will NZ disrupt the India-Australia hegemony?