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Zorch -> 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/10/2015 10:54:42 PM)

The host Australians are making fun of England.


Josh -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/11/2015 10:01:51 AM)


warspite1 -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/11/2015 11:13:37 AM)



The host Australians are making fun of England.


Gotta love our colonial cousins [:)]

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/11/2015 12:19:57 PM)

We shall see. England are still 4th favourite at 10/1 and have a squad with plenty of potential. South Africa (2nd favourite at 3.75/1) imploded today in a warm-up game against New Zealand but it was in Un Zud and they are good at the moment (5.75/1).

Cheers, Neilster

warspite1 -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/11/2015 4:15:07 PM)

We should have won it in 1987 - and had a chance in the following tournament. Not come close since.

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/12/2015 12:37:24 AM)

1987 was an interesting tournament. Australia had been generally awful in 1985/6 after the retirement of Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh; against strong opposition in the West Indies, England and New Zealand. The West Indies, who were still almost all powerful at the time, were favourites but the World Cup was played away from England for the first time (in India and Pakistan), which opened it up a bit.

The Australian team had been rebuilt under the steely leadership of Allan Border and included several young players like Steve Waugh and Craig McDermott who went on to have stellar careers. New coach Bob Simpson ruthlessly drilled them and they became the fittest and best fielding team in world cricket.

Australia's Group Stage performance included close wins by 1, 3 and 17 runs. This was crucial in seeing them finish second to India on run rate. They played Pakistan in a semi final in Pakistan (never easy) and won by 18 runs. Their opponents in the final were England, who had fairly comfortably beaten India in their semi by 35 runs.

In the final, played in front of 95,000 at Eden Gardens Kolkata, Australia batted first and posted a serviceable 5/253, aided by a quick-fire 45 from 31 balls by Mike Valetta. In reply, England seemed to be cruising at 2/135 when Mike Gatting was out playing an infamous reverse-sweep from Allan Border's bowling. After that, wickets fell regularly enough to drive the run-rate required higher and higher. Eventually England needed 17 from the last over and Australia won by 7 runs. It's still the closest World Cup final margin.

I was 16, a mad cricketer and cricket fan and after growing up with the successful Aussie team of the 70s and early 80s, two years with a bad national team seemed an interminable penance. I followed the tournament with growing hopes and growing trepidation but from memory only the final was televised in Australia. My best friend and I watched it on the edge of our seats. Good memories :)

Cheers, Neilster

Fallschirmjager -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/12/2015 2:11:24 AM)

I bought a cricket game on Steam and I enjoy it but it assumes prior knowledge of the game. I understand European sports pretty well, I like football, rugby and handball. But cricket is so cryptic that I simply cannot figure out what is going on a majority of the time.

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/12/2015 6:04:08 AM)

Yes. It's definitely a cultural thing and it's a very complicated sport. That's one of the reasons it's great but it makes entry difficult. Here's a short explanation video...


Cheers, Neilster

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/14/2015 10:11:23 AM)

Actually, I was going to be more triumphant, but long experience has taught me to be more humble. Best of luck to everyone.

Cheers, Neilster

warspite1 -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/14/2015 10:19:18 AM)

Now that's the England I know and love [:)]

The recent ashes victories were disturbingly uncomfortable watching for England fans - like some aliens had landed and drugged the real England players and, having bound and gagged them in the dressing room, the imposters - who knew how to actually play the game (and had balls) - had gone out and beaten the Aussies [X(][&:]

Phew. Glad to see normal service has resumed [:)]

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/14/2015 10:21:58 AM)

See my amended post above :)

Cheers, Neilster

warspite1 -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/14/2015 10:23:59 AM)

I didn't think there was anything wrong with your original one.

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/14/2015 11:18:04 AM)

I'm still erring on the side of humility.

Cheers, Neilster

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/14/2015 9:05:03 PM)

Having said that...thanks for coming England....you got beaten like a red-headed step-child [:'(]

Cheers, Neilster

british exil -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/14/2015 11:17:14 PM)

Any links to follow the matches or a link for streaming the matches.

Germany is not really known for cricket and fails to show any matches.

Oh sometimes the champions league twenty20, but not really regularly either.


Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/19/2015 6:01:21 AM)

You can follow the games on...


They have quite a good ball by ball coverage of games with lots of statistics. The site in general is excellent too.

Cheers, Neilster

JamesM -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/19/2015 6:45:14 AM)

They will not be playing at the Gabba tomorrow night! It will most likely be a lake.

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/19/2015 12:16:27 PM)

Yep. Tropical cyclone Marcia is now looking like category 5, which means winds of 300 km/h plus, by the time it hits the coast Friday morning north of Yeppoon, and then it's probably going to track south-east towards Brisbane. There'll be a stupid amount of rain and I doubt there'll be any cricket.

Cheers, Neilster

warspite1 -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/19/2015 12:52:50 PM)

Why couldn't this happen on the day we embarrassed ourselves again last week....?[:(]

Zorch -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/19/2015 4:32:33 PM)

Not quite category 5...
Images from http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/



Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/20/2015 2:28:23 AM)

Not any more. It was category 5 when it crossed the coast this morning.


Cheers, Neilster

Pvt_Grunt -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/21/2015 5:40:43 AM)

I was looking forward to watching the game today in Brisbane, too bad it's rained out......[:@]

Orm -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/21/2015 5:42:44 AM)

All this talk about cricket makes me long for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. [:D]

I just hope that there is some Swedish TV channel that I have access to that will broadcast it.

Pvt_Grunt -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (2/21/2015 9:40:49 AM)

BTW I took my 10 yr old and his mate from his cricket team to the Aus/England game at the MCG last Friday night. It was a great afternoon / night and the kids were only $5 each entry!
And on the way to the MCG we passed a poster which made me laugh and the boys giggle........


Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (3/29/2015 11:46:03 AM)

Well, Australia are the world champions in front of over 93,000 in Melbourne. They played the final against a worthy opponent in New Zealand, who have been improving for some time and played a tremendous, unbeaten World Cup until the final (including a thrilling win against Australia early on).

New Zealand had an incredibly exciting win against the powerful South Africans in their semi-final and Australia, who had been building up steam all tournament, easily defeated the dangerous India in the other.

New Zealand won the coin toss and batted but the Australian fast bowling machine, led by man-of-the-tournament Mitchell Starc, had them on the back foot with early wickets and accuracy. There was a courageous rescue mission by Elliot and Taylor but then a collapse left Australia with only 184 to get for the win. This is a poor target but under the pressure of a final and with New Zealand's excellent bowling attack, anything could happen.

In fact, after an early wicket, Australia cruised to victory and were clearly too good on the day. Australian captain Michael Clarke, who is retiring from one-day cricket today, hit a crucial 74 from 72 deliveries to help seal the win.

Cheers, Neilster

Photo: Mitchell Starc gets the incredibly crucial wicket of Brendan McCullum for 0, third ball with a wicked yorker.


Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (3/29/2015 12:04:55 PM)

Australian captain Michael Clarke hit a match winning 74 from 72 deliveries to seal the win for Australia.


Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (3/29/2015 12:06:24 PM)

Steve Smith, who scored heavily all tournament, especially when it counted, hits the winning runs for Australia to win the World Cup.

Cheer, Neilster


Icemania -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (3/29/2015 1:40:00 PM)


This World Cup has been amazing. The kids no longer watch animated shows ... it's 100% cricket. My 6 year old lectures me for not knowing some of the more obscure umpiring signals ... "You aren't a real cricket fan, Dad". My 8 year old hit me for 6 in background cricket this weekend ... not just over the fence of our neighbours house ... but over the next fence as well ... and then sledged me for bowling like Kevin O'Brien (yes I had to look it up to even understand the sledge).

Swimming, anyone?

Neilster -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (3/29/2015 3:13:42 PM)

They sound like they are on the right track :)

Cheers, Neilster

soxy1312 -> RE: 2015 World Cricket Cup (3/31/2015 2:40:21 PM)

[:)]Sorry to spoil the party,but cricket send me into a coma!Bring on the AFL season.Go Magpies! Peter.

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