"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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The South African batting has ceased to be a problem in this format, particularly with Heinrich Klaasen taking charge after the axing of JJ Smuts. It's the bowling that has panicked, even with the return of Dale Steyn, who only played the first T20I (where he unveiled a jaw-dropping slower ball) before sticking firmly to the bench for the final two. The resurgent England line-up handed them an absolutely thrashing in the final T20I in particular, led by captain Eoin Morgan, who unloaded on a clueless South African bowling attack in their own conditions. Nevertheless, Rabada has returned to lend a little more confidence, perhaps a shoulder to cry on, so perhaps Nortje and Rabada can drive a resurrection for the Proteas, as could Faf du Plessis, who is likely to open for de Kock. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
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?
De Kock was the catalyst for the "you know" last time, when he said something to Warner as they walked off the field for tea during the Kingsmead Test. By then, de Kock had taken sustained abuse from Warner about everything from his appearance to his weight, in silence, until at the last moment, he lashed out. De Kock's comment was never fully made public but the Australian camp said it was personal and the South African crowd believed it had to do with Warner's wife, Candice, and a previous liaison. … [Read more...] about ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion
R Ashwin looks set for his first overseas Test since Adelaide in December 2018, which could be a tactical move considering the breeze and how the off-spinner is better suited to utilise it than Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin and Jadeja had an interesting duel in the nets. After beating the left-hander with a lovely delivery that dipped and turned, the two got into an intriguing sparring battle. And a couple of times when Jadeja punched hm off the back-foot, Ashwin inquired whether he was bowling a tad too short but Jadeja clarified that it was just the bounce off the pitch that was helping him play off the backfoot. Ashwin then asked if his spin colleague thought the Kiwis would be able to do the same off a similar length before adjusting his length soon enough. It wasn't a clear sign that he would play on Friday, but not a bad one. … [Read more...] about Will the Kohli era ignore The Tiaki Promise?