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    Love listening to Nasser in commentary and in the studio - passionate as always and honest. Boycott's a parody now, at one point it was funny but now it's boring.
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    (Original post by JRP95)
    Bob Willis is the best because he's the only one not afraid to speak the truth. The rest are all keen on making every other england player in the squad look like a potential great.
    True, I just think he can be a little over the top at times.
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    Nasser's really knowledgeable, but he doesn't half strike me as boring. Same as Key, really. But they seem lovely blokes. Just can't imagine they're too good for a dinner party.
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    Bumble, ramiz, harsha, bish, shastri, Russell arnold are all good...

    But ain't got nothing on Danny Morrison
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    Big match for England tomorrow.

    You'd imagine they'll keep the side, but the way NZ have judged the conditions and tailored their side to such an effective XI every single match has been remarkable. I think Sodhi/Santner will be extremely useful, so you'd be surprised if Southee/Boult both played.

    I think it'll come down to the battle of the captains. If I was Morgan, I'd look to chase. The pitch will suit seamers, by all accounts, and that suits England given how their spinners struggled in their last outing against SL.

    NZ are low-score specialists right now, ranging from 120 to 180 every innings of this tournament so far. Guptill is obviously one to fear, though.

    A good look at the stats of both sides: http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-worl...ry/992321.html
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Dead rubber for SA today.

    Amla reckons they aren't finished, but with ABDV wanting his workload managed, is this the last we've seen of this core of SA players?

    Steyn has only played once this tournament, too, suggesting his era of limited overs cricket is dwindling. SA - time and time again - opted for Wiese. I expect SL to lose today, personally. They don't play seam well and Rabada, Chris Morris, Wiese/Steyn can exploit that.

    I hope Tahir signs off well, too. He has been the shining light for SA in this tournament.
    Judging by AB's body language, he seemed like he didn't want to be there. He's due to have discussions with the South African hierarchy in May to see where he ultimately stands. I wouldn't be surprised if he retires from twenty20i.

    As for Steyn, I'd personally want to see him as a test match exclusive player. He simply doesn't have the fitness levels as he once did to cope with all three formats.

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    (Original post by oceansiz3)
    Judging by AB's body language, he seemed like he didn't want to be there. He's due to have discussions with the South African hierarchy in May to see where he ultimately stands. I wouldn't be surprised if he retires from twenty20i.

    As for Steyn, I'd personally want to see him as a test match exclusive player. He simply doesn't have the fitness levels as he once did to cope with all three formats.

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    Yeah, the grumblings from ABDV about playing three formats and having to "manage his workload" suggest that T20s will be the one to make way, especially given the fact he has just been awarded the captaincy for the Test side.
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    As an Indian fan i would rather face England in the final rather than NZ.
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    (Original post by sachinisgod)
    As an Indian fan i would rather face England in the final rather than NZ.
    The Gayle vs Ashwin duel will be where the game is won or lost, perhaps.

    Gayle was in effervescent form against England, but has struggled through a combination of injury and bad luck since then to register a decent total.

    Ashwin, of course, has dismissed Gayle four times in nine innings in T20. Gayle has hit just nine boundaries in those innings, and faced 40+ dot balls.

    A fascinating battle awaits!
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    I invite everyone to have a look at Cricinfo and the Jason Roy masterclass currently ensuing...
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    Just a fantastic performance from England. Plenty have written us off, without watching us a lot over the past 12 months or so apparently.

    Regardless of those defeats to SA, I always had confidence if we could produce with bat and ball. So far in this tournament, we've scraped by: against Afghanistan, SA, and Sri Lanka. We haven't fired with both bat and ball, until today.

    The stand-outs, of course, were Roy, Stokes and Jordan. Roy's choice of shots was magnificent - he treated Milne, McCleneghan, Sodhi and Santner with disdain. NZ were found out, and they discovered that it's always best to lose a match early in the competition, rather than during the latter stages.

    Roy's choice of shots just amplified his ability. It was all brawn and bravado and bluster at times, but he also guided the ball where it needed to go at stages. None of these players are as explosive as Gayle. England's finest qualities with the bat are playing like Kohli: confidently, intelligently, calmly, with plenty of calculation. Joe Root and Jos Buttler were clever enough to guide us over the line without fanfare after getting the run rate down to a run a ball.

    There were a few negatives - namely Morgan's inability to deliver, and Hales holing out - but it was an easy and straightforward day for England. NZ left 20/30 runs out there, and didn't progress through the innings post-Guptill departure. I think they obviously held Guptill back (sensibly) during the last match of the group stage, but he didn't seem 100% today.

    The runs dried up for NZ towards the back end of the innings. They didn't score a boundary past the tenth over, and the runs dried up completely in the final five (only 20 runs from the last four overs). Part of that was due to wonderful death bowling from England, though. Jordan and Stokes were exceptional. The latter had decent stats of 3-26, but Jordan surely boasts the best yorker in the white-ball game right now.

    What was particularly pleasing was Munro's quietness, and inability to strike runs. He has been famed for his ability to smash spinners, so I was worried for Rashid/Moeen, but Plunkett completely out-thought him and every England bowler offered something.
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    Waqar Younis' post-tournament report to the PCB has, as expected, been leaked here and confirms of a poor attitude by some players, notably Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal. Honestly, if I hear the words "he's a great talent" (normally said by Wasim Akram on commentary) I'll be tempted to bash the TV in as it's clear that he's not and his attitude is beyond lousy. He's worth binning forever to teach other a lesson. Not surprised on Afridi's muddled thinking, he should have retired a while ago. All this doesn't hide that Waqar should be on the staff purely as a bowling coach rather than a coach. It explains why his first reign wasn't successful. I'd like to see Inzamam in charge - like to see Umar Akmal whinge in front of his presence, more likely to get a slap!
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    The issue is that Shehzad top scored for Pakistan. It may be a KP/England type scenario, in truth. Despite being immensely talented, the guy's presence - along with a few others - seems absolutely toxic.

    Among Younis' recommendations:

    - Players should be educated regarding maintaining confidentiality. "What is said in the dressing room, stays in the dressing room."
    - Bring in players who are proud of playing for Pakistan, not for themselves or for their own stature.
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    Hard to think that the domestic season starts tomorrow. So it must be cold and some rain then. Not that any of us would mind being in the students' shoes when they play against a first class county.
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    The other interesting thing in the last few days has been the confirmation that Australia will be using the Duke ball to warm-up for the Ashes down under.
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    Calling a Marlon Samuels masterclass tomorrow. Such a talented batsman, never quite reached the heights he should have.
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    (Original post by The Wavefunction)
    Calling a Marlon Samuels masterclass tomorrow. Such a talented batsman, never quite reached the heights he should have.
    All depends on how the Windies start for me. They've been explosive, and their openers have the highest average and SR in the entire tournament, compared with India's openers paltry average of 11. If Gayle gets in and starts enjoying himself, it doesn't matter how good Kohli is at chasing, because WI may be out of sight.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    All depends on how the Windies start for me. They've been explosive, and their openers have the highest average and SR in the entire tournament, compared with India's openers paltry average of 11. If Gayle gets in and starts enjoying himself, it doesn't matter how good Kohli is at chasing, because WI may be out of sight.
    Kohli vs Gayle and Ashwin vs Badree are the key battles you would think.
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    Kohli vs Gayle and Ashwin vs Badree are the key battles you would think.
    The Ashwin-Badree battle, and who impresses more, will be riveting.

    The former hasn't been in great form recently, in truth. I wasn't too impressed with him against Australia, but Badree seems to be a secret weapon for the Windies - especially in the powerplays.

    It makes good news for England that any slow-armer they have faced thus far have caused them next to no problems: Badree, Tahir, Santner, Sodhi.

    Sure, Vandersay and Rashid Khan got wickets, but England's ability to play spin well serves them well if they go up against the Ravi's (or Badree again) in the final.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    All depends on how the Windies start for me. They've been explosive, and their openers have the highest average and SR in the entire tournament, compared with India's openers paltry average of 11. If Gayle gets in and starts enjoying himself, it doesn't matter how good Kohli is at chasing, because WI may be out of sight.
    The pitch is key, the Wankhede is probably the perfect pitch for the West Indians and Gayle. Anywhere else and I don't think they'd have a chance.
 
 
 
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