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England are not contenders for the WC

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by PepperImp (U14733979) 21 January 2011
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They may be improving as a test team but their ODI team is still only average. They have been made contenders to win the WC based only on their Ashes performance.

They are playing in the subcontinent, a place where they cannot play. They were whitewashed the last time they toured India. They will only get to the quarter finals (if lucky), not further.

Don't be surprised if they don't even pass the group stages though.

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posted Jan 21, 2011

England have been doing this for a while now bowling rubbish at tail enders and giving them hit me balls instead of bowling at the stumps whilst chucking in the odd bouncer and yorkers, England don't seem to like doing it that way.
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Like i mentioned earlier, it comes down to one simple thing that England in general over most sports lack, the killer instinct, most other sides if they got aus into that position wouldn't let the tail enders put on as many as we seem to have done, maybe occasionally but not this often.

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posted Jan 22, 2011

In response to Pepperlmc I think we need to be a little more positive as we have lost two very tight games that could have easily gone our way. Both games have been defined by brilliant innings by one batsmen on each occasion. We have to work on areas of our game however if think back to the start of the T20 WC who gave us a chance there?
I think we have as good a chance as anyone over there as unlike in previous W/C there has been a clear favourite throughout and I don't think you can say that now.
I still believe we'll win the ODI series in OZ and think that we will be strong contenders in the world cup. STAY POSITIVE!!

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posted Jan 22, 2011

Lets be honest, anyone of the top 5 sides has a chance of winning the WC, iŽd imagine that the coin toss will play a major role in the outcome of many matches...

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posted Jan 22, 2011

After the terrible (but not entirely unexpected) Ashes performance of my team I would expect them to do a little better in the 50 over games, 3x World champs and all that. And if we are fortunate enough to bag a 4th on the trot the cricketing year won't be a complete disaster.

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posted Jan 22, 2011

I'm sorry but the way england played in the ashes just proves what they can do...

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posted Jan 22, 2011

SouthSyd...

"Did you read the pommy chap saying............Straus was out-skippered by Clarke........ now he has gone lower then you in the pommy self esteem. "

What does this mean please? Could you translate from Rhinoceros to English. (or Spanish or French, whichever)

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posted Jan 22, 2011

...in Test cricket.

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posted Jan 22, 2011

This is an ominous sign for England just mere days prior to WC action. Will they make it to the semis?

They can, but will have to be agressive, yet sensible, with the bat from ball one in every match. This will be a batting tournament!

As to who will win the WC, I think Australia could; but certainly not India.

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posted Jan 22, 2011

Game 3 is 8 is away with the sun just peaking it's head over the horizon it looks a picture perfect day for a game of cricket.

Both teams have been pretty ordinary and other then Watson and then Marsh getting on with things and scoring a century each, the results could of gone either way.
Who ever wins the toss, I'd suggest will bat frst and then field in the cooler conditions after sun-set.
Cheers good luck....<ale>

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posted Jan 22, 2011

(Game 3 is 8-hrs away)
I'm only on my 2nd cup of coffee.....;)

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