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Cricket Web’s Champions Trophy Predictions

Shane Bond may have only recently returned to international cricket, but he`s still being heavily tipped to be one of the tournament`s star performers.

The Champions Trophy starts this afternoon, and we at Cricket Web have decided to make a few predictions on who the movers and shakers will be this time around. Glaring into their respective crystal balls, resident Poms Martyn Corrin, Martin Chandler and Paul Wood face off against beer-drinking Aussies Cameron Burge, Brendon Goff and Simon Fitzsimmons. Effigy-burning Indian fans Ganesh Venkat and Manjunath Reddlapalli test out their future sight skills alongside site owner James Nixon and the inimitable Richard Dickinson.

1. Who’s going to win the thing?

Martyn: South Africa.
Martin: Australia
Paul: Sorry to be predictable, but I’m in South Africa’s camp also.
Cameron: SA
Brendon: I’m going to go left field and say New Zealand
Simon: South Africa
Ganesh: South Africa
Manjunath: India
James: South Africa
Richard: South Africa. They have to win something they’re overwhelming favourites for eventually.

2. Which four teams will reach the semi-finals?

Martyn: Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka
Martin: Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka
Paul: Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka
Cameron: South Africa, Australia, NZ and Pakistan
Brendon: South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and India
Simon: South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan
Ganesh: Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka
Manjunath: India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia
James: South Africa, Australia, India, England
Richard: Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand

3. Will it be more or less fun than the 2007 World Cup?

Martyn: More, but then again I’ve known paintdrying contests to be more fun than that shambles
Martin: Yeah- the future of the 50 over game is on the line.
Paul: Surely it has to be more fun.
Cameron: Nothing could be more fun than a sport’s biggest occasion finishing in pitch darkness.
Brendon: Wish I could confidently say more, but these things always seem to be a letdown.
Simon: Probably about as bad.
Ganesh: Definitely more.
Manjunath: More, I hope.
James: More fun with bigger totals and close finishes.
Richard: More… I sincerely hope anyway.

4. Who will be the tournament’s star player?

Martyn: Luke Wright… or failing that, AB De Villiers.
Martin: Brett Lee
Paul: AB De Villiers.
Cameron: Bond. Shane Bond.
Brendon: Shane Bond.
Simon: Cameron White.
Ganesh: AB De Villiers
Manjunath: MS Dhoni
James: Albie Morkel
Richard: Shane Bond.

5. Who or what will be the surprise package?

Martyn: England… winning a game.
Martin: Ravi Bopara will play well and set us all up for further disappointment when the Test tour arrives.
Paul: Angelo Mathews’ all-round contributions.
Cameron: NZ, and Cameron White too.
Brendon: NZ will be the surprise packet.
Simon: Sri Lanka’s bowlers will dominate but let themselves down when it matters most.
Ganesh: Don’t see too many surprises. South Africa not choking.
Manjunath: Australia missing out on the semis.
James: England will make the semi-finals thanks to Anderson and Sidebottom taking apart the top orders of Sri Lanka and New Zealand before being brought down to earth again by Australia in the semi finals.
Richard: Sri Lanka to disappoint in early-season South African conditions.

6. Anything else?

Martyn: Luke Wright to score a 50 and take three wickets in the same match.
Martin: Shane Bond to return in style but be let down by his colleagues.
Paul: This competition will re-ignite interest in 50-over cricket with a series of tight and thrilling matches.
Cameron: TV numbers worldwide will be down dramatically compared with the same tourney last time around.
Brendon: People will be calling for changes to the one-day game even louder after the tournament.
Simon: One of the big teams, maybe India, will fail miserably with their batsmen not making a run and bowlers not taking any wickets. Will be spectacular.
Ganesh: West Indies will be embarrassed in every game. I would be surprised if they made 200 once.
Manjunath: The finals will be rained out.
James: New Zealand, unfortunately, will fail to win a match at the tournament, while the second-string West Indies outfit will surprise Pakistan.
Richard: England to not win a game… not asking too much that, mind.

Join us after the tournament to see how everyone fared. In the mean time, we’re all going to settle down to some serious cricket-watching…


SL or Australia……..as far as my mind is concerned…….and Pakistan as far as my heart is concerned..

Comment by Faisal1985 | 12:00am BST 22 September 2009

I think Australia can win this…they have good bowlers and if their batters perform as per their abilities, it will be Punter holding the cup!

India does not have the bowling line up which can put a lot of pressure on the batsmen.

South Africa is struggling poorly against SL spinners here but if they can make the semis and doesnt play SL in the final, they certainly have a great chance.

Comment by kingkallis | 12:00am BST 22 September 2009

I think pakistan and srilanka will be the finalist teams and ind,pak,sri,sa will reach semi’s

Comment by DEEEPESH | 12:00am BST 25 September 2009

Australia or South Africa to win it according to me.

India’s batting is the weak link. They are the dark horses along with Sri Lanka. I don’t see Pakistan, England or New Zealand winning it. The less said about West Indies, the better.

Comment by Pratters | 12:00am BST 25 September 2009

Only South Africa and the three subcontinent nations have a chance. England will probably surprise everyone by semi-ing.

Comment by inbox24 | 12:00am BST 26 September 2009

India or Australia for me to win the whole thing, i don’t think south africa will win it because being at home the pressure on them to win this tournament is huge, and i think the pressure will get to them in the later stages of the tournament.

and you never know England just might be the dark horse in this competition.

Comment by barmy army spud | 12:00am BST 26 September 2009

India & Srilanka probably wont reach semi’s (PROBABLY)

Pakistan will reach Semi’s now lets see who will be against Pakistan in Semi’s & where they play

Comment by Naumaan | 12:00am BST 27 September 2009

australia will win the championstrophy.

Comment by Ansari Raja | 12:00am BST 3 October 2009

pakistan win the trophy

Comment by isuru weerasinghe | 12:00am BST 3 October 2009

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