England cricket supporters are looking for a top-class performance from the Test team against Sri Lanka in Cardiff this week.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses the best-led teams in the World Cup, Yorkshire’s chances in the County Championship, Australia’s selection debate and how to improve one’s game on the off side.
Before the final everyone was talking about the big two, Muttiah Muralitharan and Sachin Tendulkar. Could Murali go out with a big bang? Or Tendulkar score his hundredth hundred and make a billion people happy? No. To both.
India are not a team that play well under pressure but I believe they are capable of handling the hype to become the first team to win the World Cup in their own country.
Just after Christmas England were the World Twenty20 champions, had just won the Ashes and were on a high. We were not the best one-day side but we were not the worst and fancied our chances in the World Cup.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses the World Cup semi-finals, Ponting’s future, Shoaib’s unfulfilled talent, and his memories of the late Fred Titmus.
New Zealand are the underdogs of the semi-finals. They have no players who excite the imagination. But they like being discounted and underestimated: that is what makes them feel most comfortable.
We have been here for nearly five weeks and the first quarter-final does not start until Wednesday. It is barmy. This World Cup is too long and it is hurting the credibility of the game.
Before the one-day series started, I had high hopes that England would do well in the World Cup — and might even win the thing. After the Sydney Test, we all thought they were in magnificent shape. They were confident, focused and well organised.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott speaks on what made Paul Collingwood a special Test player and why the IPL will continue to rake in millions…keep looking »