Tilakaratne Dilshan plays away on the off side (picture: AFP)
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They’ve safely qualified for the quarter-finals. Only Australia and New Zealand were able to defeat them comfortably; everyone else hasn’t really come close to the high-flying Sri Lankans.
Much of the credit can go to the incredible, well-oiled machine that is Kumar Sangakkara. Four centuries, an average of 124, and 496 runs during the tournament have made a supreme statement of the class of the 37-year-old that he’s not stopping just yet. Continue reading
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Hagley Oval, 12pm AEDT
(Prediction: New Zealand. They’ve spent months at home preparing)
Like Australia, New Zealand have expectations placed upon them to do well at the World Cup. One advantage for the Black Caps is they do not have to play a single game away from home, until the final, assuming they progress through the rounds. Continue reading
Well, it is that time of year again. The time where obsessed cricket fanatics (such as myself) sit down, ponder for hours, and then finally write some sort of scribble about the top players for the year.
This is a first for me, and I’ve decided to pick 13 players worldwide who will make up my inaugural World XIII. They are in no particular order.
When some of you read this, you might ask ‘where’s Brendon McCullum, or perhaps Hashim Amla?’ Yes, I did consider them, but in my mind didn’t make the cut for 2012. Their years were both excellent and helped lead their teams to some great victories, but in my mind they were beaten by others for consistency and other similar factors. Add to the fact that picking just thirteen players is extremely difficult.
Amla was ahead of McCullum in breaking into the squad however. Continue reading