MARCH 26, 2015

Word Cup 2015

London to Melbourne...for the weekend

ESPNcricinfo staff

To support his team during the World Cup final, a New Zealand fan has decided to embark on a journey so long in terms of distance, yet so short in terms of time, that it will surely inspire a whole new generation of cricket followers. Peter Thompson of London has his trans-continental jaunt all neatly planned out: finish work on Friday, get on the plane to Melbourne, see McCullum's men lift the trophy hopefully, and be back at work on Tuesday morning.

All in all, that's a trip of almost 34000 kms but it will only last 55 hours door to door, for a roughly 18.5 hour Australian holiday. And he'll have to fork out more than 7000 dollars.

"After the semi-final and the emotion of the way that happened, there was no way I was going to miss out on the opportunity to go," Thompson told the New Zealand Herald.

However, a bigger challenge awaits Thompson. The match kicks off at 2.30 pm local time, and 3.30 am London time, probably well beyond his bed time. No wonder it's keeping him awake.

"If I fall asleep for 10 minutes or so when Brendon McCullum is batting, he will have scored 70 and got out. So I'll definitely make sure I am awake when he comes to the crease."

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Chris Gayle is alive and great

Jon Hotten: Whatever his persona and supposed attitude towards the game, Gayle has had a huge impact on cricket
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For the love of 1992

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What next for the Associates?

Jacob Astill: Cricket can be expanded further by giving the Associates enough opportunities to prove themselves
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The mystery of the non-existent run-outs

Michael Jeh: Why do fielders insist on throwing at the stumps when they know there's no chance of dismissing the batsman?
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Where have all the stylists gone?

V Ramnarayan: You'll get powerful and innovative shots, spectacular fielding and express pace in this year's World Cup, but at the cost of artistry and mystery
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World Cup 2015

Clarke: I've never been scared of being dropped or injured

Australia captain Michael Clarke talks about dealing with his injury, ahead of World Cup 2015, in his column in for News Corp Australia.

My attitude to the game, and life in general, changed a lot in 2007 when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. To that point, I had been totally consumed by cricket. Everything was about the game. But that all turned upside down the day I learned my dad had Hodgkin's lymphoma. It made me realise that, in the grand scheme of life, cricket was just a game and I had been incredibly blessed to have had the career and experiences I've had.

FEBRUARY 13, 2015

World Cup 2015

Vaughan: How to be successful at World Cup 2015

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on why there will be huge totals at the World Cup, and what bowlers could possibly do to counter that, in a column in the England papers.

We will see massive scores. This will be the World Cup of 350-370 totals. The era of scoring 250-275 and winning on a regular basis will die (if it has not already) at this tournament. Having a fifth fielder in the ring makes players just go for it. The two new white balls were brought in to redress the balance and give the bowlers some firepower. But they are not swinging and it has actually given batsmen a harder ball to hit.

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Roger Sawh: The lead-up to the tournament is one of happy anticipation for most teams; not so for the one from the Caribbean
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How the teams stack up

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I saw Richards in his prime

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Bowling actions

Will the World Cup be one big free hit?

The ICC stance against illegal actions has been quite decisive. Saeed Ajmal can no longer bowl in international cricket. Neither can Sachithra Senanayake. Sunil Narine was reported twice by Champions League T20 match officials. While this purge has been met with support, some of the criticism against it has been regarding the timing - months before the World Cup. With bigger bats, smaller grounds and lesser mystery to worry about, Chloe Saltau of the Age, wonders about the balance between bat and ball during the showpiece event.

Ajmal and Narine are the most dangerous spinners in the world and arguably the most alluring, and while cricket's most prestigious global tournament is no place for those who bend the rules, an unfortunate consequence of the crackdown could be that the World Cup is one big free hit for batsmen in a game that is already tilted towards their kind