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fuser wrote:Oh come now, England's batting depth is insane at this moment, they crushed South Africa by 104 runs, 5-10 years ago this would had been impossible. England is literally the most favourite team for winning the cup, You lot are taking English "pessimistic" stereotype too far now.
Heisenberg wrote:Of course, I checked the BBC Sport website this morning to see how they were getting on, and the first words I saw were "England collapse".
England having a batting collapse is about as close to a sure thing as you can get in all of sport.
Prosthetic Conscience wrote:Really? OK, 1-1 is bad, but it takes more than one wicket to be a 'collapse'. And 2 guys getting out just after they've both reached their 50s isn't a 'collapse' either.
Prosthetic Conscience wrote:So we've had enough games now to see how teams are playing. Australia, New Zealand and India are all looking good - no or just one loss. England is underperforming - losses to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and only in 4th place thanks to Sri Lanka getting half points from 2 rained-off matches they probably would have won.
So England are 2 points ahead of Sri Lanka, but England's final 3 matches are against the top 3, while Sri Lanka face India, South Africa and the West Indies. Form says Sri Lanka should win the latter 2. That would mean England need to win against one of the top 3, and keep their net run rate good (better than Sri Lanka at the moment). By all their current forms, England could easily lose all 3.
Which means the odds still apparently on offer from William Hill and BoyleSports of 12/1 for Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals are absurd - see https://www.oddschecker.com/cricket/wor ... semi-final (for comparison, the BetFair exchange has them at 20/21). If anyone bets, this is something to take advantage of. I reckon England are going to balls this up.
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