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PostSubject: Champions Trophy 2009   Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:27 pm

The top 8 countries in the world meet up in South Africa today for this tournament. It will be the sixth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, and was previously known as the ICC Knock-out. Two teams from two groups of four will form the semi-finals, with the final to be staged in Centurion on 5 October.

Group A
Australia
India
Pakistan
West Indies

Group B
New Zealand
Sri Lanka
ENGLAND
South Africa

Australia are the current holders with South Africa the bookies favourites to win...and yes - England are surprisingly in the top 8 Razz

Englands first game is on the 25th v Sri Lanka
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PostSubject: Re: Champions Trophy 2009   Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:15 pm

My predictions for England this tournament.....lose lose lose. Anything above that will be a huge bonus, and a step in the right direction.
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PostSubject: Re: Champions Trophy 2009   Sat Sep 26, 2009 1:00 am

Huge bonus it is...
Bowlers were comfortable all game, not sure what the ealry Sri Lankan plans were - but they didnt work and a low total which was reached without too much hassle - not bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Champions Trophy 2009   Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:09 pm

Win or lose today, another fantastic batting effort thus far. 241/3, 10 overs to go.

UPDATE: So one of the two worst teams in the tournament, look set to progress to the semis, after beating arguably, two of the worlds finest one day teams. All that after being humiliated by the Aussies.
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PostSubject: Re: Champions Trophy 2009   Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:47 pm

Great start in the semi Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Champions Trophy 2009   Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:56 pm

A good effort overall in a one day tournament for England. Maybe we just have to simply say that Australia are far too good.

Im sure there are no witchhunts in Bangladesh when their side gets beaten by better teams.

Room for improvement for England, but a good start, nonethless.
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PostSubject: Re: Champions Trophy 2009   Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:11 pm

I think it's fair to say a good few positives came out of this tournament but as you say - hold your hands up to Australia, they are a class or two above England in the ODI game (ask them if they'd rather have the Ashes though,lol).

Though after beating South Africa (who are rated by many pundits as the best team) and then to lose that comprehensively against Australia may raise a few eyebrows.

Lots of room for improvement and a lot of work to be done, but there are signs that England are working out how to play ODIs for the first time in 10+ years.
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