Game 36, and the last group game for South Africa, sees the associate nation try to get on the board…
Apologies for not being online too much in the past few days. It’s been a really difficult time, as things threaten to overwhelm me, and the blog takes a back seat. There’s a huge amount of transition going on in my life, and although I’ve checked the data, I’ve taken the positives and the buck stops with me, I blame you lot.
A small change as I put both the games together for the comments thread. The first game, starting at 1 am our time, I do believe, is seen as a clash of the form teams. I fancy Australia, who have not played for a fortnight, might get caught cold, as the Black Caps, already with three games under their belt, have been very impressive. This is the best chance for the home team to win, so I’d suggest a home defeat may have a huge effect.
The second game couldn’t be more of a contrast. India have discovered World Cup form while the UAE, who have won many friends with their play against Zimbabwe and Ireland now meet a full test nation foe (I don’t really consider Zimbabwe to be that) and we’ll see how competitive they are.
All comments below….
The Gabba hosts this battle of the associates in a game with a lot of meaning, especially for Ireland, fresh from their win against the WIndies, who, since then, have bashed two more scores of over 300.
I’m not feeling overly enthused about writing at the moment. I saw that throwaway line by Andy Bull in The Spin, and just feel as though these people are maliciously misrepresenting many people’s line. Then there is the reinforcement of Giles Clarke in a position of power, meaning those people who actually feel like Andy Bull’s mythical beings, have every right to be angry. How else can the refuseniks lash out at these people? Oh, of course, we all want KP back….
Any comments on this more refreshing, more enriching match-up should be added below. Keep being strong outside cricket, people.
Just back from a day trip to France, so not had a chance to comment on anything today.
Here’s the game thread for the game today as UAE bat first.