That entire para is a figment of your imagination and nothing else, because Australia have won two world cups since and have beaten SriLanka in the Semis of the Last one. In any case I dont know what has that got to do in this world cup ? I think Mcgrath is the only Aussie player in this tournament who is still playing ODIs and if he Mcgrath remembers anything from that match then it will only motivate him and that doesn't sound like good news for SriLankan batsmen.Cricket also dissappared so fast from the Aus media after the '96 finals that it was amusing - almost like the cup finals never took place. Fortunately, the footy season got into swing to take the minds off the cricket. Even to this day, almost all the Aus cricketers involved in that '96 final have an unbelievable level of bitterness in this loss to the Lankans as they were def. a minnow at the time (gleaned from the numerous autobiographies of those involved, also both Mcgrath and Warne recently named this loss as one of their worst).
IMO, SL would struggle on the Barbados track if it offers bounce and carry, Sri Lankan batting is far from convincing against a good pace attack and their batting efforts against SA, Eng (who mind you aren't the best fast-bowling attack in the world) and Aus (and that too on a dry and abrasive Grenada track) in this WC, have highlighted that fact.
Their over rated number 1 ranking is just that...When it matters they just cannot come up with the goods ... How TF are they then the second best Team... BS ..to be honest.
If SL play Australia 10 times , IMO SL has a chance of beating them at least 3 out of 10 times. If NZ played Australia they would beat Australia 3 or 4 out of 10 times .
But I can assure you if the chokers played Australia (the way they are right now) they would lose all 10 times ... their ranking is over inflated.. thats all.
Yeah, they had a very poor World Cup. I already said that - no way do they deserve to be in the final. But as far as their actual team goes and how I would expect them to fare after the World Cup and beyond, I'm still convinced they have the second best team.Originally Posted by JASON
I disagree completely. In fact, South Africa have defeated Australia 4 times in their last 10 meetings. Sri Lanka has only one 1 of its last 7 matches against Australia and probably only 1 or 2 of its last 10 (I couldn't be bothered to dig past the VB Series, lol). And although I don't believe matches against Australia are the be all and end all of cricket, it was your point so I thought I'd let it ride. One poor World Cup in conditions that are as unfavourable to them as one could possibly imagine doesn't change the fact that South Africa have a really good one day side - one which is far and away the second best going around.Originally Posted by JASON
IMO Australia 1st
Second on any given day.
Its Sri Lankas day.
2. the lankan had one of the best batting lineups in the history of one day cricket going into the tournament, no matter what the biased aussie press/players called it, they were no minnow, they were a classy side and fully deserved their victory....
This World Cup SA has played 10 games. So we are going by performances over 2 months and over 10games....
They are poor full stop.
And they certainly don't get anywhere near the second best ... if anything I think if Pakistan and India had a chance to play them even they would have easily beaten them too in this World Cup.(In fact Pakistan did beat them in the Warm up before we heard some whinging from Smith about the suitability or otherwise of the pitch... its been the same ...whenever they lost even at CHampions Trophy they winged about the pitch not about their weakness or lack of performance...)
This is not 1 game we are talking about ..its the form through a World cup of 10 games against several countries.. They are near 4th - 5th ranking currently .
Nowhere near the second spot. If they improve over the next 12 months may be they could come back to number 2 but I doubt it....they are not going to ...
They were struggling to perform to their over rated inflated ranking as this World Cup over 2 months and against several countries over 10 games has clearly shown.
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Even in NZ you managed to only draw .
So get real, you are Number 3 .
I repeat SA on current form after 2 months of cricket playing against 8 countries ...are struggling to get ranked at number 4 even ... thats the Truth ..their over inflated ranking has finally been shown out to be just that.
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