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    I have enjoyed the WC to be honest. Luckily the games start at 2pm here and so I can watch the game at decent hours in their entirety.

    Games such as SL v Eng, Ire v Pak, Bang v RSA have been utterly compelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Can't blame the format, I like it heaps. But there's no doubt that the WC, imo, would have been so much better with India and Pakistan in the Super 8s. I have no doubt about that at all. Obviously Ireland and Bangladesh going through is fair and they deserve it thoroughly, but will I be staying up for South Africa v Bangladesh tonight? Hell no. Would I have stayed up all night for South Africa v India? Hell yes.

    Plus the poor crowds have been awful. There's such a big difference watching a match with a packed house and one that isn't. Just the buzz makes it awesome. That's been missing and it's killing it. Also the matches have been pretty boring. Even SL v England was dire till the end.

    I miss Test match cricket so much itbt.
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    Haha I was going to quote that Pasag, particularly when I saw you in that thread, but I figured I'd let it slide.

    I'm so glad I stayed up for that too. Was a great watch. Sort of made up for me falling asleep during the SL/SA and SL/Eng matches.
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    yeah i was going to go at that too, but didn't since you aren't so critical about the "minnows" and is more understanding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Haha I was going to quote that Pasag.
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    Haha, I'll pay that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post

    I miss Test match cricket so much itbt.
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    Yeah i miss Test cricket too, i am really looking forward to the Test series between Ind v/s Aus when India comes to Australia, but its a long way away.


    But some great games coming up in the WC now :-


    1.Aus v/s SL
    2.Eng v/s SA
    3.Aus v/s NZ
    4.SA v/s NZ


    And then of course the 2 semis and then the big final, so there is a lot of good odi cricket coming up and i am expecting them to be very exciting games.

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    I've refrained from commenting until now, but I think there's little doubt that the WC hasn't quite lived up to expectations so far. Without wishing to go over points others have made, I think this is due to two main reasons:

    1) The crowds have been shocking. This is certainly due to the reasons listed previously in the thread & has removed any semblance of the elusive "Caribbean flavour". The heavy-handed security at the stadia seems like some gruesome ironic joke, given the failure of "security" to stop the murderer(s) of poor Bob Woolmer. Not seeing the wood for the trees is I think the expression.

    2) The cricket has been fairly ordinary too; I think we've seen maybe four genuinely decent contests (Ire-Zim, Ire-Pak, SA-SL, and Eng-SL) & even in those it was the closeness of the score rather than the brilliance of the cricket that kept us enthralled. I don't think we can blame the format for this depressing state of affairs; despite the assertions that an associate can take out a big-8 side with one result, this simply isn't true. If India had beaten Sri Lanka or Pakistan had beaten the Windies the admirable wins for Ireland & Bangladesh would've counted for nought. I think the real reason is that, Oz aside, most of the competing teams are fairly ordinary. The Commonwealth Bank & Chappell/Hadlee thingies made some of us think that the chasing pack had closed the gap, where in reality they were probably exactly the foot up the arse Australia needed. Buchannan's wish for a decent contest may actually have not been the dumbest request ever.

    Hoping for better from the remaining games.
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    Most of the lack of quality is down to the pitches. Slow rubbish does not make for good quality cricket between bat and ball as I've said all along. In comparison there has been plenty of good fielding in the World Cup, except for on the sandpit patches of the outfield which are an absolute joke.

    These pitches are making Styris into a highly effective bowler - I think that says it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Most of the lack of quality is down to the pitches. Slow rubbish does not make for good quality cricket between bat and ball as I've said all along. In comparison there has been plenty of good fielding in the World Cup, except for on the sandpit patches of the outfield which are an absolute joke.

    These pitches are making Styris into a highly effective bowler - I think that says it all.
    Not all of it is "slow rubbish"

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    isn't 47 days and 51 matches? 32 days and 40 matches seems fair, it's like trying to put it down saying its too long even being 32 days...

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    For mine, given the time difference, it's been very difficult to "get into" this World Cup. As for the structure, I actually think it's a magnificent structure - with the minnow teams present and the initial group stage not containing too many matches. Then the Super Eight stage where it's hard to think how it could be more fair when all of the top sides play each other once, before the Semi Finals.

    Perhaps the tournament's been a little protracted, but if you want all of the top teams play each other once before the Semi Finals (which I think is only fair) and if you want rest days, reserve days and travel days, it's hard to think how they could have made the tournament too much shorter - other than schedule some matches for the same day.
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