Thursday, March 29

Cricket Super 8s

Despite their mounting injury list, which will probably prevent them from winning the whole tournament, New Zealand are still a class side. They overcame the West Indies fairly comfortably in the end, the in form Scott Styris hitting 80 off 90 balls as New Zealand reached the target with over ten overs to spare.

The West Indies are, I fear, in the same league as the already departed Pakistan and India and, I have to say, England. While they have players capable of winning any match on the day, those days are not sufficiently consecutive to put them in with a chance of overall victory.

I'd unimaginatively pick Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand for the final four. One BBC journalist fears this result will result in the semis and final being played in front of nearly empty stadia - the pricing policies of the ICC are looking increasingly flawed.

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