It’s been a fascinating tournament so far. With the massive increase in popularity of T-20 format in recent times, it seemed the 50 over format was taking a beating. However, for the purists, the 50 over format still holds good simply because it is more or less a full innings rather than just a mere slog.
Going by the record attendance in England, I believe the ICC must recognise the popularity of this format and must encourage the respective Boards to preserve it by organising more one-day games rather than the T-20, as has been the trend of late, besides there are less chances of that dreaded disease of either the match fixing or the spot fixing surfacing in the 50 over format.
For England or for that matter Australia too, the Ashes series is the ultimate and I am sure both the teams are thinking about it for some time now and it won’t surprise me a bit if they are looking forward to it more than the outcome in the Champions Trophy.
However, the elimination of Australia by the spirited Sri Lanka must have dented their confidence no doubt and it is definitely not the way the Aussies would have wanted things to go for them. England, on the other hand is enjoying their luck so far. Thrashed by the Sri Lankans, they won narrowly against the Kiwis but then they will have to strategise and play much better to go past the South Africans.
England’s batting, though it looks good on paper, hasn’t really fired yet. Apart from Cook and Joe Root to some extent, others will have to put their hands up. A lot will depend on the fitness status of Jonathan Trott. He is a man in form and his presence in the middle order without a doubt will boost their strength.
The Kookaburra ball that is being used in the competition has hardly given the new ball bowlers advantage of swinging or reverse-swinging it in English conditions. Is that the reason the likes of Dale Steyn not looking as effective as he should have? Well, a great bowler is a great bowler whether the ball is a Kookaburra or English county that is used in all the matches in England and I am sure Steyn must be looking forward to make an impact in the big game.
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