So the World Cup has begun and it hasn’t been that exciting besides England, being unable to beat anyone who isn’t Netherlands. Australia have had three matches, racing a turtle in beating Zimbavwe, blowing away New Zealand to retain the Chappell-Hadley and annoyed the rain gods, thus having a match abandoned against Sri Lanka.
The pace bowling which everyone has lambasted to not be effective in sub continent conditions, has worked stunning New Zealand and the Sri Lankan top order before the game was abandoned. Though if Tait or Lee goes down, the cover now that Bollinger has gone home is John Hastings, making the fast bowling quite thin.
Batting has been solid, no one has gone on to make a big score but Shane Watson is continuing his form from the Australian summer, Michael Clarke has played himself into some form, Haddin, Ponting and White need to find some form especially once we come into the quarter/semi finals against teams who have long batting orders.
Our next game is quite a while away, next Sunday against the oldest team in the World Cup, Kenya, which SHOULD be a walk over, leaving our last two games vs Canada and Pakistan to ensure a good position as we go into the semis.
I can’t leave this post without congratulating Ireland for beating England, with Kevin O’Brien breaking Matty Hayden’s fastest ODI century record, who when asked, “didn’t expect that”. Hopefully they can sneak their way to the Quarters to further show the ICC that Associates have their place in the World Cup.
As I write this, England are in dis-a-fucking-ray against South Africa, losig three wickets for 47, all to Robin Peterson, Trott and Ravi Bopara rebuilding. Later this week, I’ll do my NRL preview, for those who care about the oval ball game.