"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?
What to expect: The wrath of the weather gods. There are scattered thunderstorms expected throughout the day, with a 50% chance of precipitation (rain), with the percentage rising into the night. It could put a dampener on what could have been an incredible contest. And the braai, of course. If only there were a chance of changing this into a day game, when it's like to be bright and sunny. The temperature is likely to be in the higher twenties. If the rain doesn't steal the show, the pitch at Jo'burg is always likely to assist the batsmen, aid the ball to come onto the bat, and with the higher altitude making the ball travel (don't ask why), it's going to rain fours and sixes if it doesn't actually rain. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
"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
It's been nearly round-the-clock cricket for India since their controversy-marred exit from the last World Cup. They've been whitewashed at home and away, by stronger, higher-ranked opposition like England and New Zealand respectively. But they also registered equally resounding wins against South Africa and in West Indies. At a microscopic level though, India have gone on to win games they had no business winning but, then again, lost a bunch of matches from rather comfortable positions. The signs are encouraging and concerning in equal measure. Their match-awareness and ability to handle pressure in high-octane clashes is going to be tested for the umpteenth time at the biggest stage. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group A: Will NZ disrupt the India-Australia hegemony?