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Hi All! I am the same indiafan from the BBC chat site. I liked this cricforum so I joined here.... Hi to all old friends

Assuming that the regular 8's join the Super8 league without any uninteresting entries from Bangladesh or Kenya and such teams, we will have a great world cup.

I am listing my predictions based on their comparative strengths.

1) SriLanka
I thought SriLanka is the best balanced team, but their bowling might be a worry. They have a better pool of resources than any other team, but what I glaringly noticed is that there is a lack in bowling class. Murali may change it only a bit, I predict.

2) India
I never thought India would even have a chance, but they have recently come out of their shell with good set of resources. Very strong contenders.

3) Pakistan
The perennial problem for pak, which are - lack of stability in the openers slot, too many all-rounders. I am not seeing a great teamness with Pak, Inzi's gotta a lot of job to do.

4) South Africa
More hungrier than ever. I think SA will win this world cup just because of the recent form and energy. They have all the skills just except the slow bowling skills which is important for Windies, that's a cause of concern.

5) Australia
As everyone now would say, they dont have a good chance. May reach semis

6) New Zealand
I dont think NZ can be strong in this world cup, they have less no. of classy batsmen who can nudge and accumulate runs in a slow pitch. Their slow bowling options are just okay. Their fielding may be a favouring factor for them.

7) West Indies
I think windies do not stand much chance even though they are playing well these days. They can play well any day, so the oppositions must not talk anything badly about them, if you respect them and play with discipline, windies can be easily beaten. This team can win if the opponents play stupidly....

8) England
England again lacks batting skills for slow bowling except Kevin Pieterson and a bit of Flintoff, Bell and Vaughan. Monty will be the trump card for England.
 

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Oi! What about Ireland? ;)




indiafan said:
Hi All! I am the same indiafan from the BBC chat site. I liked this cricforum so I joined here.... Hi to all old friends

Assuming that the regular 8's join the Super8 league without any uninteresting entries from Bangladesh or Kenya and such teams, we will have a great world cup.

I am listing my predictions based on their comparative strengths.

1) SriLanka
I thought SriLanka is the best balanced team, but their bowling might be a worry. They have a better pool of resources than any other team, but what I glaringly noticed is that there is a lack in bowling class. Murali may change it only a bit, I predict.

2) India
I never thought India would even have a chance, but they have recently come out of their shell with good set of resources. Very strong contenders.

3) Pakistan
The perennial problem for pak, which are - lack of stability in the openers slot, too many all-rounders. I am not seeing a great teamness with Pak, Inzi's gotta a lot of job to do.

4) South Africa
More hungrier than ever. I think SA will win this world cup just because of the recent form and energy. They have all the skills just except the slow bowling skills which is important for Windies, that's a cause of concern.

5) Australia
As everyone now would say, they dont have a good chance. May reach semis

6) New Zealand
I dont think NZ can be strong in this world cup, they have less no. of classy batsmen who can nudge and accumulate runs in a slow pitch. Their slow bowling options are just okay. Their fielding may be a favouring factor for them.

7) West Indies
I think windies do not stand much chance even though they are playing well these days. They can play well any day, so the oppositions must not talk anything badly about them, if you respect them and play with discipline, windies can be easily beaten. This team can win if the opponents play stupidly....

8) England
England again lacks batting skills for slow bowling except Kevin Pieterson and a bit of Flintoff, Bell and Vaughan. Monty will be the trump card for England.
 

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Ah... I was just mucking about ;)
I can't see Ireland upsetting too many more teams. Having said(typed?) that, they're a good side - & they're being captained by an Aussie!

I guess we'll find out soon enough, huh?


jayasuriya07 said:
i think ireland are having a great world cup i wonder if they can beat the windies
 

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The preliminary matches are really no indication of how the competition will progress in the super 8's stage.

Australia and South Africa will of had two virtual training sessions before their clash, India are at risk of elimination should they lose to Sri Lanka, and the West Indies have benefited from a somewhat simple pool.

Based on current form across the games, it is hard to go past Australia, for when they click, they click. All they need is a strong bowling attack and it will be three in a row. The Windies will let the pressure get to them, England will bow out tragically. I'm predicting an Australia vs New Zealand final, with Australia winning by, let's say, 45 runs, Ponting scoring an unbeaten century in the process
 

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incubi said:
Punter, I coldn't have summed it up better myself! ;)

Just by chance, you happen to play cricket in Sydney's SMCA, do you..?
Nah I just play socially now (although I did play some grade cricket for Collegians), although I might be joining my University team next year
 
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