Fully in agreeance with Sanz here, you can criticise the format all you want, but it won't acheive anything until you realise that the teams who played better when it counted moved through into the knockout stages. Okay, Australia are the 'best' team in the world, but they were beaten on the day by India and didn't deserve to progress. Same goes with South Africa, India beat them and they earnt the right to move forward ahead of the home nation.
I'm sure many of you know I'm a Kiwi and All Blacks supporter, we haven't won a World Cup in 20 years because we've choked when push comes to shove and we need to win the cut-throat games. Now, we as supporters don't blame the format, because it's painfully obvious you have to play well on the day to progress, rather that be the 'best' team in the world.
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Originally Posted by Richard
Romance can be dealt with elsewhere - I just don't enjoy it in cricket.