Marshall is a better pick as a substitute fielder for NZ, IMO.
Patel is a better choice than any of our current seamers expect Bond.
I'm pretty confident that we can beat Sri Lanka, even though we were just mauled by Australia. It should be an ANZAC battle in the final I think.
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don't you think sri lanka could provide more of a fight to the aussies then the black caps though? with their tatic of not using murli and vass? when nz lost badly with using their best players bar may one.
I honestly think the "tactic" of not using Vaas and Muralitharan has been built up a bit by the media and some members on these forums and I can't see it being much of a factor in the semi-final. Vaas and Muralitharan have played 68 games against Australia, so it's not like the Australia batsman haven't seen them bowl before, especially when you consider they were involved in the VB series just a couple of years ago, bowling to a very similar Australian batting lineup.
Your first question was in a very defeatist tone, almost as if you don't think that Australia can be beaten in this World Cup. I know they have played very well but they aren't invincible. And no, to answer the question I don't think that Sri Lanka are more likely to defeat Australia than the Black Caps are. My judgement may be clouded by patriotism regarding this issue and you may disagree, but in my eyes the Black Caps are more likely to beat Australia in the World Cup final than Sri Lanka.
well south africa have more chance of not performing well in slow pitches than australia
that's for sure...they were the only team to challenge the aussies even though they lost by 80 some runs...
Aus/SL final IMHO....but id rather see SA in the final....cant bear to see the aussies win again...especially as b4 the tounament there was so much talk abt how the aussies wont win it this time and how there are so many other teams that could win it...it would just be a dire end!!!
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