"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 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
Semifinalists in 2018 and winners before that, West Indies have embarked on quite the downslide with a losing streak of nine matches leading into the T20 World Cup. Admittedly, all of these losses have come against strong opposition - India (5), Australia (3) and England (1). Their performances preceding this rut, wherein they blanked Ireland 3-0 and shared the series 1-1 with Pakistan, might be a more accurate reflection of the middling side they are, although they might get better with the return of star player Deandra Dottin - the joint-leading wicket-taker in both previous editions - who missed eight months (the entire 0-9 streak) after shoulder surgery. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
So far, though, Warner's experience of being back in South Africa has been positive, despite the painful memories. "Obviously echoing Steve's words yesterday, about walking into first the airport and then walking into here, obviously the memories weren't great," he said. "But the last few days, every single person that we've come across that's asked for a photo, or that we've come into contact with or spoken to, have had nothing but great words to say and welcoming us to the country and being really, really polite. … [Read more...] about ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion
What to expect: There are few cities in the world that look equally sensational from the top as they do from sea-level. In fact, there are few angles from which Wellington doesn't steal the show. Whether it's after you've driven up to the Mt. Victoria summit and are looking down on the awe-inspiring mix of mountains and water, straight from the storybooks. Or if you've parked on the side of the road underneath the Wellington sign - which is designed like the one in Hollywood but with the 'ton' slightly awry to signify the impact of wind on all things Wellington. Thursday was an unusually sunny affair and even some of the Kiwis have spoken about this being the warmest it's been in the lead-up to a Test here. There are some chances of rain on the first two days but it's the wind, which is expected to be rather stiff on Saturday, that could make the difference in the end. But that too depends on whether it's the warm, drying northerly or the cold, freezing southerly that hits Basin … [Read more...] about Will the Kohli era ignore The Tiaki Promise?