Really hoping for an Australian win over Pakistan. I am quietly confident (if not a smidge complacent), but I'm also of the train of thought that anything can happen when Pakistan take the field. There might be a few surprises left.
Ideal final (in Barbados, iirc) is Aus v Eng for mine, and Tait/Nannes/Johnson take an absolute wrecking ball to that much lauded middle order. Add some spice to the summer downunder (also madly looking forward to that)
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If it wasn't for my ingrained pessimism I'd say we start as warmish favs for the semi; Malinga aside SL have the kind of seam attack that'll have our top order's eyes lighting up.
Short odds on a spinner taking the new ball for SL with Lumb opening tho.
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"The committee discussed the issue of illegal bowling actions, and believed that there are a number of bowlers currently employing suspect actions in international cricket, and that the ICC's reporting and testing procedures are not adequately scrutinising these bowlers."
- Even the ICC's own official press release thinks things must change
Regardless of what happens I'm pretty proud of how far the Twenty20 side have come especially over the last year or so. Started to pay respect to the format and lo and behold the results have been coming. Still makes me angry it took so long for the management and coaches to get it (even more so in that domestic wise Australian Twenty20 thinking was pretty advanced), but at least it's finally filtered through in time for a genuine crack at this Championship.
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for the last 4 world championships side that has knocked SA has won the tourney.We are going all the way baybee
Guaranteed England win then.
Pakistan can beat Australia
First of all the game wont be played on the pacy and bouncy barbados track
secondly Pakistan did manage 160 against Australia last time, the only problem was that Afridis stupid captaincy meant Australia smashed around hafeez and Sami which wont be bowling much in the Semis if at all.
thirdly, Pakistan is a completely different beast in this situation.
Anyone can win, but teams best be very very careful with Pak at this time. Umar Akmal and Afridi have caught some form, smashed some big sixes last game.
I think this Sri Lankan team have it in them to go all the way. The whole batting lineup got a decent look in against India and if Mahela can keep it going as well, we definitely have a chance.
Jeez am i the only believer in Afridi's boys here?
Enough is enough Australia....
The stage is set and the wind is blowing in favor of Pakistan. I can feel it. I don't care if Pak wins the WC it would be nice to win it however. But beating Australia in Semis is going to be the best treat.
Be VERY AFRIDI!!
Gotta say England v Aussie final, which I hope for as like I said previously, the only 2 teams that have a chance against Aussie are England and NZ.
All the arguments in favour of Pakistan also work for OZ. The bowling has done well all tournament but the batting, a few key players aside, hasn't really hit its straps yet either.
Like I said, Pakistan off to a good start and its game on. If they lose 4 in their first 6, game over.
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