England’s rather impressive opening day win over South Africa has the tournament up and running, and for the sake of the competition, Ben Stokes’ extraordinary catch has created a moment that can be played across the news broadcasters. It’s a small thing, and pales in comparison to the obvious equivalent had the wider public seen it as it happened. But to have such a moment on day one can’t but help. A bit.
The second match on the schedule is the one at Trent Bridge between the West Indies and Pakistan. Pakistan come into the game on a superb losing streak which has now extended to their last 10 completed official matches. Yet in many quarters they are still deemed favourites for this one. The West Indies racked up 421 against New Zealand and their batting potency makes them both unpredictable and exciting. In essence, this is one where really anything could happen. That’s a good thing, right?
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So, why did they not shrink the World Cup to four teams?
I have a feeling the WIndies are going to turn England over. We really have a thing about them….
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Did anyone watch the Pakistan innings?
Good bowling or just abysmal batting?
Appalling batting. The West Indies bowled well enough, but Pakistan couldn’t remotely cope with the short ball. Everyone will be banging it in at them now.
I found this tweet amusing…
Wasn’t so amused at this dull clickbait
Are any catches from the last century? Cricket didn’t exist before then.
As to the WI, I had them just losing out to NZ for a semi final place. Think I may have to change my mind now after their last two games.
Just two of nine (and neither of them
Amused to see that the Strauss one is courtesy of ecb.co.uk and the Sky coverage no-one I know was watching in 2005.
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