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    After a strong start, Kumar Sangakarra has fallen away. Him and Gilchrist are probably equal at the moment, though if Sangakarra has a good game against South Africa I would rate him as the best in the tournament. McCullum has only had two innings, and one good knock.
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    My World cup XI for the moment :-

    1.M.Hayden
    2.G.Smith
    3.R.Ponting
    4.J.Kallis
    5.M.Clarke
    6.S.Styris
    7.B.McCullum
    8.S.Bond
    9.M.Murali
    10.G.McGrath
    11.L.Malinga

    12th Man: B.Hogg

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    Yeah I would agree with that side.

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    The bowlers pick themselves to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thierry henry View Post
    Please, Styris would be one of the first 2 or 3 picked. 2 games against proper opposition, 2 MOTM performances (yall know he was MOTM against the Windies)
    I had money on him being MOTM against the West Indies, so I know very well that he wasn't ! Disgraceful decision that was though.
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    Sanga has done well but Murali has done better. In my opinion, Murali is simply the best off spinner in history of cricket and I can't make that kind of statement for Sanga.
    Sanga isn't the best off spinner in the history of cricket? News to me.

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    My WCXI

    M Hayden
    S Jayasaria
    H Gibbs
    J Kallis
    P Collingwood
    +K Sangakarra
    J Oram
    B Hogg
    S Bond
    C Vaas
    S Malinga

    12th - S Styris

    unluky to miss - McGrath, Smith, Ponting and Clarke

    I think thats a fairly balanced side. I put Sangakkara there because of his wicket keeping. Great batting strangth and quite a few bowlers in Bond, Malinga, Vaas, Hogg, Oram, Collingwood, Kallis and Jayasaria.
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    Collingwood has been batting well but surely you would have Styris in there as he has been in form with both bat and ball.

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    This thread seems to suggest that Natman is a Pig hater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thierry henry View Post
    This thread seems to suggest that Natman is a Pig hater.
    Ditto

    My totally un-biased WCX1

    Hayden
    Fleming (c)
    Ponting
    Styris
    Clarke
    Collingwood
    Oram
    McCullum
    Hogg
    Bond
    Malinga


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    Quote Originally Posted by thierry henry View Post
    This thread seems to suggest that Natman is a Pig hater.
    I had bacon for lunch and breaksfast yesterday so that is not the case. Piggy I just thought has been allright but if you look at the teams NZ have played so far they havn't been to much of a challenge. Kallis is good to.

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    World Cup: Bext XI

    Go on, you know you want to. Pick an XI based solely on performances over in the Caribbean.

    I've taken a few liberties with batting positions to try to stick out the best team, rather than the players who've been performing the best in that particular position:

    1. Matthew Hayden (436 runs @ 87.20, SR 107.12)
    2. Graeme Smith (344 runs @ 57.33, SR 105.19; 2 wickets @ 48.00, ER 4.80)
    3. Sanath Jayasuriya (303 runs @ 50.50, SR 104.48; 5 wickets @ 27.20, ER 3.64)
    4. Ricky Ponting* (348 runs @ 69.60, SR 100.00)
    5. Michael Clarke (296 runs @ 98.66, SR 102.06)
    6. Scott Styris (258 runs @ 129.00, SR 91.48; 8 wickets @ 15.50, ER 3.75)
    7. Adam Gilchrist+ (238 runs @ 47.60, SR 94.82)
    8. Brad Hogg (12 wickets @ 18.00, ER 4.59; 45 runs, SR 214.28)
    9. Shane Bond (8 wickets @ 10.50, ER 2.29)
    10. Lasith Malinga (15 wickets @ 14.26, ER 4.93; 2 runs @ 2.00, SR 22.00)
    11. Glenn McGrath (15 wickets @ 14.53, ER 4.75)

    Several debatable picks there, I suppose. I went for Clarke ahead of KP because of his superior strike rate (which may be doing Big Kev a massive disservice as he's hardly been in a position to tee-off most of the time he's come to the crease) & Hogg gets the nod over Murali for his superior batting. With Jayasuriya & (to a lesser extent) Fat Gray and Clarke there as spinning options too the great man misses out this time. Kallis has also been in the runs, but his figures are quite distorted by his innings against yer Dutch, so I preferred Sanath there.
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    Someone has to say it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Someone has to say it...

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    Tits. I searched for a thread too.

    Badly, it would seem.

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    Will be interesting to see how ti shapes up by the time the world cup is over. I really like the look of Tait in the two games I saw him play against South Africa and England for instance..

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