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    Assessing the Teams

    Australia
    Likely Team:
    Gilchrist
    Katich (they've stuck with him up to now)
    Ponting
    Hussey (will replace Martyn)
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Hogg (or Warne if he makes a comeback)
    Lee
    Clark
    Bracken/Clark
    McGrath (Will be back in time for the world cup)

    Strengths
    When batting first usually post high scores that are tough to chase
    5 - 11 provide bowling options.
    Big hitters - Symonds, Lee, Hussey, Gilchrist, Ponting, etc
    Good opening bowling pair: McGrath (accuracy)/ Lee (aggression)

    Weaknesses
    Gilchrist is hit and miss and when he gets out the scoring rate drops.
    Katich falls into the trap of batting too slowly
    Willstruggle for bowlers if McGrath or Lee is injured.

    Prediction
    Definitely make the semis. Best ODI team in the world. Should win.

    South Africa
    Likely Team
    Smith
    Dippenear
    Gibbs
    Kallis
    Kemp
    Boucher
    Pollock
    Hall
    Boje/Botha
    Nel
    Ntini

    Strengths
    Bat down to number 9
    Big hitters - Pollock, Kemp, Boucher
    Good opening bowling pair - Pollock (Accuracy)/Ntini (Aggression)
    Finish the bowling well in the last 5 overs with Hall, Pollock, etc
    Score a lot of runs in the last ten overs

    Weaknesses
    Often choke
    Kallis and Dippenear can slow down the run rate
    Not much bowling variety
    Could have a new captain if Smith continues to fail

    Prediction
    Will be looking to make up for last time. Have never made a final but might be in with a chance.
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    India
    Likely Team:
    Sehwag
    Tendulkar
    Dravid
    Yuvraj
    Raina (will jump ahead of Kaif in the pecking order)
    Dhoni
    Pathan
    Powar
    Harbhajan (or Kaif, up the order, if they opt for 6 specialist batsmen)
    Patel
    Sreesanth (or VR Singh if Sreesanth continues to be expensive and VRS proves his mettle)

    Strengths
    Explosive opening pair, if Viru & Sachin fire they are extremely devastating
    Flexible batting order & solid run-chasers in Yuvraj & Dhoni (Raina?)
    Pathan's early-wickets tendency & Powar and Bhajji shutting down the RR in the middle overs
    Dangerous off-side cordon (Yuvi/Kaif/Raina) and overall improvement in fielding

    Weaknesses
    Top-order bats sometimes choose to crumble all in the same match .. not good
    Dravid and Kaif get bogged down at times (this has improved though)
    Harbhajan with the Kookaburra?
    Will Tendulkar's injury woes go away?

    Prediction
    Definitely good enough to make the semis. From there, depends whether the chokers of old or a revitalized India shows up when the pressure is on.
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    couldn't have said it any better..

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    West Indies
    Likely Team
    Gayle
    Morton/Ganga
    Sarwan
    Lara
    Chanderpaul
    Hinds
    Bravo
    Ramdin
    Collymore
    Powell
    Edwards

    Strengths
    Solid top order - Gayle, Lara, Sarwan, Chanderpaul
    Home team
    Lara's last hoorah? Will want to gout with a bang
    Explosive batsmen - Gayle, Lara, Sarwan
    Explosive all rounder - Bravo

    Weaknesses
    Leadership problems
    Often when a big wicket goes (Lara, Gayle, etc) confidence is lost.
    No really recognised bowlers
    Not many big hitters down the list

    Prediction
    Could cause a few upsets. With the home town advantage should make super six. Doubt they'll go further than that.
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    Well said, except 3 of the "strengths" are closely related ... I would say the fact that they've got a fiery all-rounder in Dwayne Bravo is a strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    Well said, except 3 of the "strengths" are closely related ... I would say the fact that they've got a fiery all-rounder in Dwayne Bravo is a strength.
    Definitely Bravo is a quality all rounder and on the improve.

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    England
    Likely Team
    Trescothic
    Strauss
    Vaughan
    Pieterson
    Collingwood
    Flintoff
    Geraint Jones
    Giles
    Hoggard
    Harmison
    Simon Jones

    Strengths
    Good opening batsmen
    Explosive middle order - Flintoff, Pieterson
    Best all rounder at the moment - Flintoff
    Quality quartet of fast bowlers

    Weaknesses
    Injury prone
    Middle order could be fragile.
    Don't often post large targets
    No wicket taking spin option

    Prediction
    Should make the Super six. Lowly ranked ODI side.

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    Pakistan
    Likely Team
    Butt
    Malik
    Younis
    Yousuf
    Inzamam
    Afridi
    Akmal
    Razzaq
    Naved-ul-Hasan (or Sami, still can't rule him out)
    Akhtar
    Asif

    Strengths
    Explosive batsmen throughout the lineup
    Late-order rearguard attacks from Razzaq and Akmal are huge
    Seam attack has great potential

    Weaknesses
    Shotmakers may falter on a track with assistance for the seamers
    Team Chemistry? It's been a problem in the past and could resurface.
    Fielding needs to improve and Shoaib & Inzy need to stay fit

    Prediction
    Should make the SuperSix stage and have a good shot at the semifinals, their one-day formidability will be tested in the next few series

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    Let's hope Vaughan, Giles and Jones can get back to the field soon enough. You reckon Hoggard will become a one-day bowler for England?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    Let's hope Vaughan, Giles and Jones can get back to the field soon enough. You reckon Hoggard will become a one-day bowler for England?
    There's no reason why he can't. Has really impressed in the test matches and I could see him playing a McGrath - like role for England.
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    Sri Lanka

    Jayasuriya
    Tharanga
    Atapattu
    Sangakkara
    Jayawardene
    Dilshan
    Arnold
    Vaas
    Bandara
    Murali
    Perera

    Strengths
    Balance spin attack with one aggressive and one defensive, but both can adapt to the situation
    Two of the best ODI batsmen in Sangakkara and Jayasuriya
    Solid pace bowler in Vaas

    Weakness
    Batting line is very inconsisent
    Rely to much on Jayasuriya and Sanagakkara to make big scores
    Lack quailty seamers to back up Vaas
    Lack a quailty lower hitter to finish off innings, but if Kappa or Maharoof develop they could fill that role
    Atapattu, Jaywardene and Arnold tend to score too slow at times.

    Prediction
    Will make thre Super 8s, but will struggle to go further then that.
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    Australia are the only side that we can bank on being in the semis IMO.

    2-8 can easily beat each other on their day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    Australia are the only side that we can bank on being in the semis IMO.

    2-8 can easily beat each other on their day.
    India hasn't been tested on foreign soil yet, but I personally think South Africa and India are a notch above the rest as well (and below the Aussies), while Pakistan have the potential to be in that trio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00
    Sri Lanka

    Jayasuriya
    Tharanga
    Atapattu
    Sangakkara
    Jayawardene
    Dilshan
    Arnold
    Vaas
    Bandara
    Murali
    Perera
    I'd put Maharoof in there. Arnold isn't that useful at #7, but SL don't need 5 specialist bowlers if Dilshan and Jayasuriya do their usual 5th bowler duties. That said, perhaps Maharoof should come in for Bandara or Perera, depending on whether the pitch supports the seamers or the spinners. That would deepen the batting, which is pretty important because I don't think the Sri Lankan top order compares with that of Australia, India and Pakistan. Sangakarra should come in at #3, followed by Jayawardene, with Atapattu at #5. Otherwise, looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    India hasn't been tested on foreign soil yet, but I personally think South Africa and India are a notch above the rest as well (and below the Aussies), while Pakistan have the potential to be in that trio.
    I don't think that the gaps between 2-7are big enough for any team to be overly confident of victory in the games between each of those teams though.

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