"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 absence of Dottin was felt severely, while captain Stafanie Taylor also missed a lot of the action - opting out of the Pakistan tour and then missing the India games due to injury. Hayley Mathews made a hundred against Ireland, but then had to miss the Australia T20Is due to a disciplinary ban, before returning against India and fairing pretty well with the ball, although her batting was a let-down. The intermittent availability of these three players, around whom most of West Indies' recent success has been built, has proved a big handicap. Their reunion for the mega-event is the only thing that presents them with any hope. … [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
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
Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), Babar Azam (vice-capt), Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz. … [Read more...] about Pakistan Include Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad Among 20 Probables For Uncertain Sri Lanka Series