Following the Australia-England World Cup encounter, the International Cricket Council has admitted that James Anderson was dismissed due to an error by the umpires which left James Taylor stranded on 98.
Almost by right, a World Cup ought to have a team deemed clear favourites to lift the trophy. In 2011, co-hosts India and Sri Lanka were the anointed ones, and they did meet in the final, with the former clinching their second title. In both 2003 and 2007, Australia were the obvious choice and they didn’t disappoint.
For a very long time, few would have considered England to be World Cup dark horses. Conservative, defensive and unimaginative were qualities attributed to the English side. Losing their best short-format player to controversies and fallouts didn’t help either. Yet, somewhere in the last few months, sanity prevailed and so did the resurrection.
New Zealand Women's captain Suzie Bates took advantage of being dropped early in her innings to score a match-winning century in the first One-Day International against England Women in Mount Maunganui.
Following their better-than-expected performance in Australia, Matthew Hoggard has revised his World Cup view and reckons England could be on course to upset a few teams in the fast-approaching tournament.