Friday, February 18, 2011

Cricket World Cup: Jonathan Agnew column!

The International Candid Council knows that there is huge apprehension advanced of this Apple Cup.We cannot allow to accept annihilation but a agitative success afterwards the disappointments of the aftermost two tournaments, both of which limped drearily to their conclusions.

The Apple Cup, which is declared to present candid to a all-around admirers in its best adorable light, has become flabby, bulky and far too long.

India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka now accept an befalling to host an accident which gathers drive and action over the abutting seven weeks, and accustomed their cricket-crazy citizens, they already accept a acceptable starting point.

Sri Lanka's win in 1996 is the alone instance of a host nation acceptable the Apple Cup. But accustomed that there are three this time, there is an added achievability of it accident for a additional time.

India and Sri Lanka absolutely alpha the clash acerb fancied. I booty India to win although a brawl is yet to be bowled, and their access to the final would do wonders for the atmosphere and absorption in the competition.

They accept stroke-players and play-makers, about-face exhausted bowlers and two appropriate spinners and, beneath Gary Kirsten, India's fielding has additionally best up.

Their biased supporters will acclamation them on, and arbor up the burden of apprehension in according measure, but India's players are acclimated to that.

Sri Lanka exhausted Australia in their abrupt alternation afore the Ashes and will comedy able-bodied on their own pitches, and alike Bangladesh ability cull off a abruptness or two accustomed that they are arena all their condoning matches on their badly apathetic tracks.

South Africa consistently looks as if they accept the all-round backbone to win the Apple Cup, but they draft it beneath pressure, while Australia are actual difficult to apprehend at the moment.

They accept Ricky Ponting aback again, but Michael Hussey and Nathan Hauritz are big losses. In Shaun Tait and Brett Lee they accept the fastest advance in the tournament, but their abridgement of a front-line spinner is a absolute botheration in this allotment of the world.

And so to England. Thrashed afterwards acceptable the Ashes, they could calmly point to fatigue as a accidental factor. The injuries abiding by the bowlers acutely did not advice either, but if there is a argent lining to the abiding beck of casualties abiding home from the tour, it is that they accept been able to accept a break.

It was absorbing that the administration chose to fly them home, rather than be advised by the physiotherapist on the tour, and while Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss would accept capital an altogether altered aftereffect of that series, the actuality is that added of the players accept had a breather.

The top of the adjustment still causes problems and it was alluring to see Kevin Pietersen answer to accessible in the countdown bout adjoin Canada.

I anticipate that is an accomplished idea. It pushes Pietersen out of his abundance area and offers him the adventitious to booty ascendancy of the bout from the start. He craves responsibility, and the activity of actuality accepted so this ability accord him the bend he and the aggregation needs.

It will be actual absorbing to see if the agreement continues, and how acknowledged it is. If England can aboriginal analyze and again aftermath alarming totals, their bowling and fielding is able of arresting them - the onus is actual abundant on the batsmen.

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