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Once again against the 'full-strength' Sri Lankan outfit that we lost against, (Malinga didn't play) they batted for 5.5 overs. Completely up to the one man show of Jayasuriya in that match, Murali himself didn't have a massive impact, the batting line up SL fielded against us in the match we won was full strength other than missing Sanath, and the bowling line up had the addition of Malinga, at the expense of Murali.
Sri Lanka are a great outfit as they proved in the recent World Cup, and in most forms of the game NZ and Sri Lanka come out pretty much with drawn figures. Australia is Australia and looking back at the team we played against them, Jeff Wilson is in it. Great rugby player mind you.
Australia 3 - 2
England 2 - 4
India 1 - 0
New Zealand 2 (3) - 2
Pakistan 1 - 1
South Africa 2 - 3
Sri Lanka 2 - 1
West Indies 1 - 1 (2)
Most matches played: England
Most victories: Australia
Most losses: England
Team S/R avg.
New Zealand: 7.34
South Africa: 7.89
Sri Lanka: 7.70
West Indies: 8.38
Highest Wicket Takers
AUS: A Symonds: 7 at 13.85
ENG: Paul Collingwood: 9 at 13.66
IND: Z Khan: 2 at 7.50
NZL: J Patel & S Bond 5 at 11.00 and 12.80
PAK: A Razzaq 3 at 19.33
RSA: CK Langeveldt 4 at 8.50
SRL: S Jayasuriya 5 at 10.60
WI: DR Smith 5 at 14.20
Odd, don't see anything remarkably better than NZ here.
I like basically every world class team. In a supporting order I would go, NZ, SL, WI and Bang (Ireland too), and then appreciation of the other teams, all my love goes to the teams stated.
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If Kenya are to win even one game then a lot will rest on Thomas Odoyo's batting and bowling, however if anybody saw/ followed the Afro-Asia T20 match that preceded the ODI matches (the team had 4 Kenyans in it) though the batting folded rather easily the bowling attack did have the Asia XI under some pressure chasing a meager total up until Shoaib Malik came to the crease especially Nehemiah Odhiambo who picked up 2 wickets for 21 so in that sense all is not lost
Anyway this is about NZ not being good enough, I'm sure everyone will try and change the focus onto England but that's not the issue here.
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Haha oh man. The ODI Series where England tied with Australia, Australia care. The one where they lose 2-1, suddenly no-one cares despite it being just days after the last one. Australia suddenly find their passion again for the CB Series finals and England win. Then, Australia go to New Zealand and find that they reall cbf playing the game and NZ beats them. Yeah, makes perfect sense. People only care about ODIs when England wins.
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