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ICC World Twenty20 time again. This time in the West Indies, where lower scores are expected compared to previous tournaments. Starts in less than an hour for those interested. Here's the groups and my assessment of form going into the tournament:

Group A

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Australia

Pakistan always seem to be there or thereabouts in T20, despite all the infighting and politics which blights there cricket. Weakened considerably by the loss of Umar Gul and a weakened batting line-up, but could again be contenders. Bangladesh have flattered to deceive, but never yet made the major mark on a World Cup. The pitches may suite their slow bowlers. Any group with Australia as the lowest seeds was going to be tough. Poor showing last time round and a disappointing defeat to zimbabwe in the warm-up games. But this is Australia and that warm-up defeat may just have been the kick up the backside they needed

Group B

Sri Lanka

New Zealand

Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka's flamboyant batsmen and stong bowling attack always do well in this format and this time shouldn't be any different. expect them to go far. New Zealand have become a gritty side and it's now reaping some reward. Can they make a mojor final and finally win it. Zimbabwe on paper look weak. But the other two would under-estimate them at their peril as their warm-up win over Australia and recent series v the Windies showed. Slow pitched will aid their cause

Group C

South Africa

India

Afghanistan

Looks to be a walkover for South Africa and India. Afghanistan have done well to get here, but progressing at the expense of either of the powerhouses is unlikely. India as usual will be favourites for the tournament with their powerful batting line up. South Africa won't be far behind them, although recent form in T20 is a little patchy.

Group D

West Indies

England

Ireland

The hosts as usual could well the unpredicatable package. Capable of beating anyone on their day with some explosive hitters and express pacemen, but equally capable of losing to anyone with their erratic form. This should give Ireland some hope of progressing as they return to the scene of their greatest World cup achievement (vistory over Pakistan in the ODI WC some years ago). For once England have picked T20 specialists and their form in the warm-ups offers real reason for optimism. As good a chance as they have had in a long time to achieve something in one of the shorter versions of the game.

Looking forward to the tournament and I expect lots of tight games due to the pitches in the Windies currently :)

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I think we finally have a decent chance. Morgan and Bopara both had good starts in the warm-up games, same for Yardy. Lumb and Kieswetter opening together is a great chance of getting off to brilliant start.

Sidebottom is the main concern imo, I'd hope he doesn't play tbh. :o

Would be nice to see Afghanistan do well also, they beat Ireland in the warm-up game which was surprising, so maybe they'll be able to shock SA or India.

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I think we finally have a decent chance. Morgan and Bopara both had good starts in the warm-up games' date=' same for Yardy. Lumb and Kieswetter opening together is a great chance of getting off to brilliant start.

Sidebottom is the main concern imo, I'd hope he doesn't play tbh. :o

Would be nice to see Afghanistan do well also, they beat Ireland in the warm-up game which was surprising, so maybe they'll be able to shock SA or India.[/quote']

Agree Sidebottom was the one surprise selection for me considering he's had some injury issues and is also not reallly a T20 specialist. Love his desire, but not sure T20 is his forte to be honest. I think Afghanistan would have had a real chance if they were in any of the other three groups of getting one victory and getting into the super eights, but I reckon S.Africa and India will be too tough for them :o

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You can already see what a difference a specialist T20 squad can make. Already one of the major drawbacks of the previous squads have been solved. The first 6 overs. I always felt we never utilised this properly and today it was 60-1 and I am not one bit surprised to see Lumb do a good job. A quick 25+ up the order is quite perfect to set up the momentum.

And typically now they are messing it up in the middle overs:rolleyes:

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You can already see what a difference a specialist T20 squad can make. Already one of the major drawbacks of the previous squads have been solved. The first 6 overs. I always felt we never utilised this properly and today it was 60-1 and I am not one bit surprised to see Lumb do a good job. A quick 25+ up the order is quite perfect to set up the momentum.

And typically now they are messing it up in the middle overs:rolleyes:

Scratch that. It's the SAME OLD ENGLAND. Why can't Petersen be dropped is what I want to know. He was dropped in the IPL and came back with a 29 ball 64. Isn't that reason enough:mad:

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wat abt POLLARD? :P

What about him, he got stumped for nought off a wide:confused::P Anyway, duckworth lewis is being proved to be a bit silly really, second time in a year England have got a raw deal against the West Indies, although it's clearly not their fault. England have Ireland later, who they should beat although if they don't they won't deserve to go through.

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Looking like there will be no shocks in this tournament from the minnows and the tournament will start proper at the super eights stages. Three powerhouse performances from India, Australia and England (despite the loss) in the last two days. The tournament is shaping nicely, but I just hope it doesn't get ruined by the weather like it did yesterday. Could end up with a situation where whoever wins the toss, will win the game :(

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No cricket thread is complete until some Aussie comes on and slags of the English. So here it goes ;)

I don't rate the South Africa B team AT ALL. They are not made for T20 generally. They are a better test side. I still cannot rate England's fielding. Okay they hold most of the catches but the ground fielding has no desperation. That is where us Aussies are the best ;) I love the commitment in the field from all the boys.

Also our bowling attack is express stuff. I don't know who they have picked but in our summer we had Nannes, Tait, Johnson with Watson to steady the ship. Also watch out for the magnificent Steve Smith. Not the best spinner but a lot potential, great fielding and very handy with the bat! :D

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No cricket thread is complete until some Aussie comes on and slags of the English. So here it goes ;)

I don't rate the South Africa B team AT ALL. They are not made for T20 generally. They are a better test side. I still cannot rate England's fielding. Okay they hold most of the catches but the ground fielding has no desperation. That is where us Aussies are the best ;) I love the commitment in the field from all the boys.

Also our bowling attack is express stuff. I don't know who they have picked but in our summer we had Nannes' date=' Tait, Johnson with Watson to steady the ship. Also watch out for the magnificent Steve Smith. Not the best spinner but a lot potential, great fielding and very handy with the bat! :D[/quote']

Was wondering where you had been hiding all this time :P . Perhaps you have reason to be upbeat right now with the Aussies first win, but the tournaments hasn't really started yet. Your bowling was far from perfect in the first match and the sides with better line-ups will cash in I reckon (especially on Steve Smith's bowling). Also it looks like you missed the first match, so you won't realise that your side is going to go down in history - as the side that was batting for the first (and likely only ever) 5-wicket maiden. That record is going to stand a very long time :P

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Was wondering where you had been hiding all this time :P . Perhaps you have reason to be upbeat right now with the Aussies first win' date=' but the tournaments hasn't really started yet. Your bowling was far from perfect in the first match and the sides with better line-ups will cash in I reckon (especially on Steve Smith's bowling). Also it looks like you missed the first match, so you won't realise that your side is going to go down in history - as the side that was batting for the first (and likely only ever) 5-wicket maiden. That record is going to stand a very long time :P[/quote']

Haha I just haven't been too active during the week lol

I can't watch Australia play overseas so that is why I am reffering to in our summer. We don't play T20 that well overseas which is frustrating so I can't analyse what is going wrong :(

The media thinks Smith is a superstar already but from what I see he is one in the making. He gets good turn but doesn't vary his pace right yet I think. One thing I do think that will be the same as it is over here is our fielding. Tell me if I'm wrong but I think our fielding is the best in the world.

I've previously said Aamer was good but that overachieving! We get ALL the records...you're just jealous :P

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No cricket thread is complete until some Aussie comes on and slags of the English. So here it goes ;)

I don't rate the South Africa B team AT ALL. They are not made for T20 generally. They are a better test side. I still cannot rate England's fielding. Okay they hold most of the catches but the ground fielding has no desperation. That is where us Aussies are the best ;) I love the commitment in the field from all the boys.

Also our bowling attack is express stuff. I don't know who they have picked but in our summer we had Nannes' date=' Tait, Johnson with Watson to steady the ship. Also watch out for the magnificent Steve Smith. Not the best spinner but a lot potential, great fielding and very handy with the bat! :D[/quote']

Our ground fielding's fine mate. Collingwood, Morgan, Wright, Anderson when playing, Pietersen generally and by heck Broad are all good fielders. This is the best all round England team i have seen, bearing in mind im only 19 and our one day cricket has been useless for god knows how long:D I sense an England Aussie final coming up:D I have a question for you mate, i saw in the paper Michael Clarke is Aussie skipper, where's Ponting? Sorry, i haven't watched any of the other games yet but i will get round to it:o

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Our ground fielding's fine mate. Collingwood' date=' Morgan, Wright, Anderson when playing, Pietersen generally and by heck Broad are all good fielders. This is the best all round England team i have seen, bearing in mind im only 19 and our one day cricket has been useless for god knows how long:D I sense an England Aussie final coming up:D I have a question for you mate, i saw in the paper Michael Clarke is Aussie skipper, where's Ponting? Sorry, i haven't watched any of the other games yet but i will get round to it:o[/quote']

i guess ponting retired from T20 sometime back to prolong his career in other formats

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I'd watched absolutely nothing of this tournament till the West Indies innings yesterday and now England's today. I blame myself for putting some sort of curse on.

Shame about the rain again, would be a shame if it ended up having a big say at the business end of the tournament.

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