It has to be the Aussies again – they’re just so damned strong in every department that none of us others has a real chance. South Africa are the only team that might be able to topple them, given sufficient luck and inspiration from playing at home. England don’t have a hope in hell, especially now that they’ve decided to start by effectively conceding their match against Zimbabwe. On the one hand, I’m very disappointed about that, and that I’ll still have to wait a while before they play their first game. On the other hand, I think it’s the right decision on political and moral grounds, though only just – nothing that gives any support to Mugabe is acceptable, though I’d like to see Zimbabwean cricket get as much of a boost as possible.
It’s been a pretty good start to the tournament so far. The SA v. Windies game was a classic (from what I read, as I didn’t get a chance to see any of it) – it’s great to see the majestic Lara in such brilliant form, and I hope we’ll see plenty more of it as the tournament progresses. Australia got off to the best possible start – what a confidence builder, as if they needed it! Without the Waughs and Warne (and I’m very sorry that we’ll be deprived of seeing Warney plying his magic), with four of their star batsmen back in the pavilion and only 80-some runs on the board, they still notched up more than 300 with a blazing century from one of their less celebrated middle-order players – awesome! And I was glad to see the Canadians achieving their first ever world cup win, even if it was only against the ever more disappointing Bangladeshis. The next big thing to look forward to will be Tendulkar’s first appearance at the crease. Will he be able to match the other little maestro, Lara?