With the WC approaching, and most boards/selectors, picking and finalising their final 15 man squad for this years, World Cup, I was wondering what is your teams beat XI is?
There are a lot of talking points for some of the squad selections, questions such as, which side looks strongest? Which side looks more balanced? Do you worry for some teams because the selectors have made mistakes? A lot to talk about I know...
And, about the squads, have there have been some surprises...What do you make of your final 15? Are you happy?
I'll try to write fair views on the squad selections of the major teams in the WC.
Australia: They, like India have a number of injury problems, but for India it seems their strongest final 11 should most likely be fully fit, whereas Australia there are a lot of doubts. I just cannot see Hussey making it, even though the WC is long, him not playing will play a MASSIVE part in how well Australia play. Hodge, Siddle and Doherty were the main guys to miss out in Australia's final 15, surprised?
India: India probably have the strongest, most experienced batting line-up, especially on sub-continent pitches. However their bowling is not as strong, though I feel, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and these spinners (India have quite a lot of them in their team) are capable of taking 10 wickets. Rohit Sharma was left out of their squad, no surprise to me... but the big talking point seems to be will Sachin be fit? I think he will, there is still 30+ days to go...
Pakistan: Like always they have gone for a mix of youth and experience, Mohammad Yousuf has been left out, which in my opinion is a good move. We need to remember, Pakistan may not be playing in Pakistan, but they will be playing on sub-continent pitches, that like the other sub-continent teams is a favouring factor for them. How will they do? I have no clue, I for one do not have my hopes and exceptions high.
England: England have not named their final 15, yet... Who do you think will be picked? Will Shahzad, Tremlett, get the nod? Will England surprise and drop Collingwood? They better not! Will Broad be picked in the final 15, despite him still recovering from injury? Will they risk it?
Sri Lanka: Veterans, Vaas and Jaysuriya were left out, Sanath answered his critics by smashing 3 consecutive 50+ knocks(I think). Sri Lanka seem to think that they need a Jaysuriya type player in the WC, and the openers may not be able to give them that quick fire start, i.e. Tharanga.
South Africa: Will announce their squad tonight, FAF du Plesis has just hit his maiden half-century on debut in what seem to be tough conditions. Has he just booked himself a place in the final 15? Will new boy Imran Tahir get a place in the side?
Others sides I have missed out, you can of course still discuss... New Zealand, WI, Bangla...
Please discuss maturely, you can of course discuss other things about the World Cup, but try to keep the thread clean. WUMs will of course be deleted.