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    Best bet, dark horse and weak link

    Here's what you would get, if you picked the best bet, dark horse and weak link of each team.

    AUSTRALIA:
    Best bet: Everyone, especially Gilchrist
    Dark horse: Brett Lee, Williams, Bracken, Lehmann
    Weak Link: Brad Hogg

    ENGLAND:
    Best bet: Flintoff, Trescothick, Gough
    Dark horse: Vaughan, Anderson, Harmison
    Weak link: Giles, wicketkeeper and especially Anthony

    INDIA:
    Best bet: Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Kumble
    Dark horse: Pathan, Rohan, Harbhajan
    Weak link: The rest of the pace attack, Ganguly and Dravid behind the stumps.

    NEW ZEALAND:
    Best bet: Astle, Cairns, Vettori
    Dark horse: Oram, Styris, Butler
    Weak link: McCullum (don't drop this one!), McMillan and especially Mills

    PAKISTAN:
    Best bets: Inzamam, Shoaib, Sami, Youhana, Razzaq
    Dark horse: Younis Khan
    Weak link: Inzamam (between wickets), the inexperienced batsmen

    SOUTH AFRICA:
    Best bets: Smith, Gibbs, Kallis, Pollock, Ntini
    Dark horse: Rudolph
    Weak link: The spinners and some other pacers

    SRI LANKA:
    Best bet: Sanath, Marvan, Murali, Vaas
    Dark horse: Zoysa, Dilhara
    Weak link: Dilshan

    WEST INDIES:
    Best bet: Lara, Gayle
    Dark horse: Chanderpaul, Edwards, Lawson
    Weak link: Collins, Carlton (with the bat)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    Dark horse: Chanderpaul, Edwards, Lawson
    Weak link: Collins, Carlton (with the bat)
    Hmmm.... Edwards and Lawson aren't in the squad, so they'd definitely be dark horses.
    Collins and Baugh aren't in the squad, so I guess there are no weak links.
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    I cannot believe you've missed out Fleming as a best bet when he's been our best ODI player over the last 6 months.

    Hamish Marshall would be more of a darkhorse than Oram I think.

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    well bracken and williams arent in the squad so no worries there... sorry to do this again, but dont you think bracken should AT LEAST be in the squad as a reserve paceman? maybe???? whats he done wrong...

    i think he just got 3/39 off 9 for gloucs... good luck to him.


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    best bet for sir lanka - <include> sangakkara <remove> murali since hes not playing.
    and why the hell did u put Dilshan as the weak link ??? i think it should be gunawardena or someone...
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    i wouldn't call brett lee or darren lehamnn dark horses, they are a couple of the best performers in the ODI's for Austrtalia in recent times.

    i would call williams a weak link, not that hes gonna play any games cause hes behind virtual;ly everyone else
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    I cannot believe you've missed out Fleming as a best bet when he's been our best ODI player over the last 6 months.

    Hamish Marshall would be more of a darkhorse than Oram I think.
    Good points. A pity Astle has not lived up to expectations since the 222. In fact, Fleming is a better bet than Astle on present form.

    sorry to do this again, but dont you think bracken should AT LEAST be in the squad as a reserve paceman? maybe???? whats he done wrong...
    He's better than most pace spearheads.

    best bet for sir lanka - <include> sangakkara <remove> murali since hes not playing.
    and why the hell did u put Dilshan as the weak link ??? i think it should be gunawardena or someone...
    Fine Sangakkara as a batsman- his keeping is still suspect.

    Dilshan does not score too many runs to threaten the opposition. Yes, Gunawardene as well. Did nothing special, just slogged hard, ran little and dropped a few. Absolutely no technique.

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    Hmmm.... Edwards and Lawson aren't in the squad, so they'd definitely be dark horses.
    Collins and Baugh aren't in the squad, so I guess there are no weak links.
    No Edwards, Lawson or Best, who in this team can bowl fast? [EDIT- Lawson's name was announced, at least in the CricketWeb thread]

    Well, there's always the fielding to give the opposition a chance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    Best bet: Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Kumble
    Dark horse: Pathan, Rohan, Harbhajan
    Weak link: The rest of the pace attack, Ganguly and Dravid behind the stumps.
    I dont think Ganguly will be a weak link at all.. although Laxman might well be that.. Kumble is not best bet for sure.. And I'll put Balaji as dark horse instead of Rohan (no pun intended )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    No Edwards, Lawson or Best, who in this team can bowl fast? [EDIT- Lawson's name was announced, at least in the CricketWeb thread]

    Well, there's always the fielding to give the opposition a chance...
    Lawson was in the squad, but was withdrawn due to injury. The quickest bowler in the side is Dillon, but pace isn't everything.

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    The quickest bowler in the side is Dillon, but pace isn't everything.
    Not Dillon's pace. If pace is the team's main bowling strength, it is something important.

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    Astle had a good series in India last year..but he's never had the chance to play consistently due to the arthritis in his left(?) knee.
    NZ will need him to get us off to a good start against Aus...Fleming will very much enjoy batting with him if he does fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    Not Dillon's pace. If pace is the team's main bowling strength, it is something important.
    Pace is not the West Indies' main bowling strength in ODI. Seam bowling is. That's why men like Bradshaw and Bravo have become regulars. They mix it up, bowl line and length and don't over-exert themselves. Also Dillon bowls around 82-85 mph which is still fast-medium.

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    bradshaw has impressed me a lot... i wonder why he didnt get a go at tests when the windies bowling was a minus?

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    He wasn't in the squad. The West Indies appear to be wanting to specialize their ODI and Test teams to prevent injury to the seamers if nothing else. I agree that he would have been a useful replacement for an injured Pedro Collins (since the first ball of the series) as he would have been a steady bowler and a decent lower order batsman.

    I like the look of him in the ODI team. He's a bit of a Cameron Cuffy in that he doesn't always take wickets, but he'll almost never go for a lot of runs. WI needs that kind of steady and consistent influence in the team, especially with players such as Best, Edwards and Rampaul firing it about.

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