The Light Roller: Only a fool would make predictions about the World Twenty20 - but here are some anyway...

Diary of a cricket obsessive

Only a fool makes predictions about T20 cricket

Anyone who made any predictions about the winter's Ashes will concur that surprising things happen in cricket. When it comes to T20s, the unpredictability is magnified.

So, while Sri Lanka's thumping of the Netherlands yesterday was no shock, the latter's presence in the main draw of the competition is certainly notable. That they should have progressed at the expense of Ireland, who are patently the best of the Associate teams, may suggest complacency on behalf of the Irish as much as Dutch brilliance.

Then again, perhaps it was just that dashed T20 unpredictability: the same randomness that saw Bangladesh beaten by Hong Kong and Nepal pip the potential dark houses of Afghanstan.

 

India or Sri Lanka to win, fool

Bearing in mind all of the above, it is hard to read very much into the results of the "Super 10 series" so far. Sri Lanka will be a match for better sides than Holland.  Meanwhile, South Africa's last-gasp defeat of a much-fancied New Zealand suggested a new-found ability to deal with high pressure situations (probably until a silly run-out in the semis).

Having got used to watching West Indies get the better of England, it was sobering to be reminded of the fact that really they can be pretty mediocre. Australia too may find there is insufficient consistency in their line-up to challenge for the main prize.

So, who will take home the winners' vase? Sri Lanka have a strong case. But India might just be coming into form at the right moment so if push came to shove I'd have a punt in their direction. Really though, who the heck knows? You might just as well stick a quid on England. Stranger things have happened.

 

Some very average post-match remarks

England saw the light in their first game against New Zealand. Indeed, they appear to have seen it some while before the umpires, who not unreasonably wanted to get a game in, and who therefore ignored electrical storms until a sufficient number of balls had been bowled.

Fining Stuart Broad for his post-match outburst about the "average" umpiring seemed a tad over the top by the ICC. Decisions about taking cricketers off for poor weather are as subjective as they come, so to disbar players from giving their own contrary opinion is childish. This isn't football.

Nevertheless, Broad's response to his punishment - that he would confine himself in future to bland, unopinionated post-match comments - was slightly wide of the mark. For a start, to call decision-making by match officials "average" is about as bland as it gets. Second, it isn't so much the lack of opinion we punters mind: it's the utter banality of the platitude-filled management-speak we are forced to listen to. Let the content be bland, but at least jolly up the presentation.

 

Forget Bangladesh, Abu Dhabi is where it's at

Aside from providing an arena in which to try out pink balls without worrying about rain, the now traditional, county season curtain-raiser in the desert remains a mysterious creature.

Durham are currently taking on an MCC side captained by Virender Sehwag, whose wicket was picked up by Scott Borthwick. England's leg-spinner took three in total in the MCC's first innings, also among them Sri Lanka wicket-keeper, Prasanna Jayawardene. He scored a fifty from number 3 too.

Of course, spinning prospects come and go. The other main attraction in the game should know: Monty Panesar took a 5-fer on the first day to remind the selectors that he might not be finished just yet.

Twitter: @willjgore

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
An iceberg in Ilulissat, Greenland; researchers have been studying the phenomena of the melting glaciers and their long-term ramifications for the rest of the world (Getty)
news
Environment
environment
Arts and Entertainment
Hugh Jackman bears his claws and loses the plot in X-Men movie 'The Wolverine'
film
Arts and Entertainment
'Knowledge is power': Angelina Jolie has written about her preventive surgery
film
News
Zayn has become the first member to leave One Direction. 'I have to do what feels right in my heart,' he said
peopleWe wince at anguish of fans, but his 1D departure shows the perils of fame in the social media age
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing