Friday, May 29, 2009

Cricket Notes

Its summer so I guess I should mention cricket occasionally. Now that the damp squib that was the England/West Indies series is over, its time for the pyjama game to dominate. The Twenty20 World Cup is looming (5-21 June). Amongst those featuring are those giants of the game Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Bangladesh.

The groups stages are four groups of three, so only one from each group gets knocked out before the competition moves on to another group stage the ‘Super Eights’. The only excitement in the first week will be which of Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies gets eliminated – the seeding has somehow landed all three of them in one group.

My pick? It’s a bit of a lottery (not proper cricket, is it?) and the weather could play a part. India are defending champs (pictured) and the hot pick, but New Zealand always look like they could do well, and in Brendan McCallum they have a brilliant Twenty20 bat – as Glamorgan found out when he played over here briefly a couple of years ago. His last three Twenty20 innings? 61, 56, 69. Wow.

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