"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
South africa tours and safaris
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
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?
"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
New Zealand does bring its unique challenges, from the openness of the Test venues, to the lack of aural ambience, the stodgy pitches and of course a home team that thrives on playing the long game. And in Wellington, there's of course the wind factor that completely adds a new dimension to how you plan and play a game of Test cricket. It's here that India stumbled five years ago in not being able to overcome the Kiwis' ability to stretch the game till the very end. But it's here in Wellington that India might sense their best chance to get one over the Kiwis first up and then press on for a series win, not to forget crucial Test World Championship points to consolidate their position on top. … [Read more...] about Will the Kohli era ignore The Tiaki Promise?