Graeme Swann does not want to see Joe Root leading the Three Lions in near future.
There has been a lot of buzz about Root in England at the moment. People want him to be appointed the captain in all formats of the game as soon as possible.
But, Swann reckons if the selectors do that, it will not turn out to be beneficial at the end.
According to Swann, Root is playing his Cricket freely at the moment. He is expressing himself on the field and is enjoying life and his energy in the changing room gives a bit of freshness to the other guys too. All of a sudden, if he is loaded with responsibility, he would be forced to change himself and get calmer and that would not necessarily prove to be beneficial for him. So, even if a situation arises where the selectors need to replace Alistair Cook as skipper, the Yorkshire man should not be considered. (more…)
West Indies must improve their batting if they don’t have to become the victim of upsets in the group stage of the World Cup.
They might have some of the biggest hitters in World Cricket in their ranks, but, the reputation doesn’t count during matches.
There hasn’t been a more inconsistent Cricket team than West Indies at this point in time.
They are just not able to put two or three good performances together. They have hardly won a One Day International Series in the last 2-3 years.
If you have a look at their batting line up, you would find it hard to believe that they have lost so many matches in the recent past.
The main problem with West Indies’ batting is the rotation of strike. Hitting sixes is not that hard for them, but, in a 50-over game, you cannot be going for big shots all the time. It’s just too long a period to be trying to play that way. You have got to build your innings as well in the middle and that’s where the Caribbean guys falter. They just don’t know how to play the low risk game. (more…)
If you have to pick top 2 or 3 favourite teams to win this year’s Cricket World Cup, most probably, you would not have England as one of those teams.
There are infinite reasons for that. They are going into the tournament with a new captain. Most of the players batting in the top order are inexperienced. They struggle to find a balance between caution and aggression with the bat. They do not have a specialist slog bowler. And, on top of all that, they are weak in spin bowling department too.
But, despite all these drawbacks, Graeme Swann reckons England can take everybody by surprise by actually lifting the trophy Down Under. (more…)