Friday, February 13, 2015

Cricket World Cup...

Tomorrow the World Cup One Day Cricket tournament starts with the hosts, New Zealand and Australia taking on Sri Lanka and England respectively.

I'm strangely excited about the tournament this time around. I suspect the fact its being held in Australia and New Zealand helps along with the form of New Zealand. The BlackCaps form gives me hope they will be there at the pointy end of the tournament.

What I'm looking forward to...
:: Seeing Afghanistan play
:: One of the 'associate members' knocking off an established country (and if any of them do it will most likely be Ireland).
:: In the group stage there are a few mouth-watering clashes - Aus v Eng, India v Pakistan, NZ v Aus, Sth Africa v India.
:: Hoping there's a surprise in the final eight
:: Will be interesting to see how NZ goes, because this time around they are not really dark-horses but a real chance for the tournament.

Down to predictions, going with my heart New Zealand will win the final, but my head says Australia will win. South Africa would be third on my list.

I'll pick Kane Williamson to be the top run-scorer and Mitchell Starc to be the top wicket taker.  I think there's no question this world cup will see the highest average run-rate, and few totals over 400.

Here's some more predictions (from The Guardian's panel).

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