Cricket World Cup Thread
Posted 28 March 2003 - 04:31 PM
"Actually, I think the poms lost to just about all the teams they played last (Oz) summer, except for the last test"
We did draw one 3 day match against one of your sides, mainly thanks to Bob Key's 172no. Actually, I think we drew several matches. Didn't win any naturally.
Posted 28 March 2003 - 04:39 PM
Posted 30 March 2003 - 03:22 AM
At the end of the day, Fosters had to be helped out with Stolichnaya, and we live to fight another day.
There is something about the Ozzies and while looking up some details I came across:
and other related sites.
The offspring of the Wizard of Oz dominate.
But if you sift through the figures, you'll come up with bullpup Brits in a number of counties. The ECB has time to get its act together. Cricket teams around the world are getting younger and younger. Nowadays, in the rest of the world, unless you are on the threshold of overhauling any other bloke's record, you get to be "retired." An English team with an average age of around 30 would be tough to beat. The lads are there, but old doddering fools run the ECB.
West Indies versus Australia would be nice.
There will be live telecast of the matches, but as they take place on the other side of the planet, we'd have to be up all night.
Posted 30 March 2003 - 04:35 AM
It's always endearing to see international cricketers do something straight out of club cricket. Adams's double-bouncer against Australia, gleefully smashed for six by Andy Bichel, would have shamed the village idiot. To be fair, Adams's radar was all over the place that day: a few overs later he inadvertently tonked Bichel with a head-high full-toss.
9 Tony Greig
Who gleefully described to the world the delicious feast he'd had while in Bulawayo ("butternut pumpkin and a delicious stew'), ignoring the fact that there were untold numbers starving in Zimbabwe at the time.
8 Pedro Collins
When Collins caught Lance Klusener inside the rope in the opening match, it seemed he had won the game for West Indies. When he sauntered back onto the rope to give Klusener his third six in five balls, it seemed he'd lost everything: the match, the plot, and a fair bit of dignity. As it transpired he hadn't blown the match - Klusener had his own act of folly up his sleeve - but this was still a shocking act of negligence from an international cricketer.
7 Percy Sonn
For having five or six for the road at Paarl. It was the most ill-judged and embarrassing behaviour from a senior South African official until Shaun Pollock and Eric Simons sized up a Duckworth/Lewis sheet 19 days later.
6 Mark Boucher
Boucher muffed a regulation chance when Stephen Fleming had 53. Fleming went on to make an epic unbeaten 134. South Africa lost despite posting 306. Forget that last-ball block off Muttiah Muralitharan. This was Boucher's big contribution to South Africa's exit.
5 Nasser Hussain
Captains live and die by hunches. With Australia needing 14 off two overs, Hussain acted on one and gave England's penultimate over to James Anderson (8-0-54-0) and his stodgy off-cutters ahead of Andy Caddick (9-2-35-4) and his experienced death bowling. Andy Bichel clouted successive balls for six and four - and Hussain had made his last big decision as England's one-day captain.
4 Lance Klusener
When Klusener was dismissed in South Africa's opening game, South Africa still needed eight off three balls to win. Gettable with Nicky Boje - two one-day hundreds and an average of 28 - on strike, less so with Makhaya Ntini - highest score of 14 and an average of 4 - facing the next ball. But Klusener, criminally, dithered and failed to cross, which meant that Ntini took strike, and South Africa had muffed a winning position yet again.
3 Chris Cairns and friends
Getting involved in a tussle outside a Durban nightclub could be considered unfortunate; doing so at the time New Zealand should have been in Nairobi playing Kenya - a match they forfeited over security concerns - was just careless.
2 Brendon McCullum
Sometimes a drop is more than a drop. When McCullum reprieved Rahul Dravid, India were still 22 for 3, chasing 147 to put New Zealand out of the tournament. But the ease of the chance knocked the stuffing out of the Kiwis, and especially Shane Bond, who was on fire at the time. As McCullum tapped Bond on the bum - a neat reversal of the Boucher/Donald roles at Trent Bridge in 1998 - Bond didn't flinch, let alone hint at an acknowledgement. He knew New Zealand were a busted flush.
1 Shaun Pollock/Eric Simons/Mark Boucher/whoever
Has the buck ever been passed more? Nobody cares whose fault it was, but the fact that South Africa - supposedly the most professional, well-prepared team around - misread the Duckworth/Lewis was an error of gargantuan stupidity, without which they would have almost certainly have qualified for the Super Sixes, probably the semi-finals - and Graeme Smith would probably still just be another bright young opening batsman.
Posted 01 April 2003 - 09:31 AM
Sydney March 31. Steve Waugh has cautioned his celebrating World Cup champion to beware of a resurgent West Indies on the eve of the Australian cricket team's departure to the Caribbean.
Waugh and senior opening batsman Justin Langer are the only members of the touring side not to play a role in Australia's unbeaten run in the World Cup and the 37-year-old skipper is wary of what his team may encounter in the West Indies over the next two months.
The four-Test series and six one-day Internationals will challenge the stamina and mental strength of the players, with many already on the road for eight months during one of the longest campaigns in Australian cricket history.
Australia crushed the West Indies 5-0 when it last toured here in 2000-01 in a disappointingly one-sided series, but Waugh will be gauging his team's prospects from the last trip to the Caribbean in 1999. Australia drew the last series there 2-2 in Waugh's first series as captain.
Brian Lara was outstanding in that series and averages almost 50 against Australia making him a danger man for the Australian bowlers.
``He'll certainly lift for an Australian series, he always does,'' Waugh said on Monday. He was phenomenal last time we were there and, knowing him, he will want to play well against the best side in the world so he'll definitely fire up.''
Waugh rates the West Indian batting highly and apart from Lara has pinpointed Marlon Samuels and Ramnaresh Sarwan as important wickets to capture.
``They're one of the few sides in world cricket which are on the up,'' Waugh said. ``Their batting looks very strong and there's some very good young players - Sarwan, Samuels, (Chris) Gayle, (Wavell) Hinds, then you've got (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul, Lara, (Carl) Hooper and (Ridley) Jacobs there so it's an excellent batting side. This (Jermaine) Lawson looks like a good bowling prospect and then you've got Merv Dillon and we've come across a few other blokes."
``They're going to be a lot tougher than people give them credit for and we certainly won't be underestimating them. They went through a tough phase for a few years there and they've rebounded fairly well and they seem to be more together," Waugh said.
``(Chairman of selectors) Viv Richards seems to have quite a bit of say in West Indies cricket, which is good for them, and world cricket needs them to come back.''
Whether the Windies can defy the odds and upset Australia in four Tests probably hinges on how Waugh's team copes with its gruelling schedule.
``Realistically they (World Cup players) haven't had a lot of cricket so I don't think tiredness will be a factor,'' Waugh said. ``It's more the homesickness factor and being away from Australia. That's the toughest thing to overcome.''
Batsman Damien Martyn will miss the start of the tour after fracturing his right index finger while fielding during the World Cup tournament. - AFP
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