"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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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
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?
"It's one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket and you don't really have much time over the short period of the time to get underneath each other's skin or anything like that," Warner said. "And you don't go out there to do that. Obviously they [South Africa] had some heated exchanges with the English and that was during the Test matches. For us, our focus is 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 ‘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?