The biggest match of the 2015 One-Day International World Cup is done and dusted. There are 43 more days to go yet, and quite possibly neither of the teams competing today will be there at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the final on 29th March.
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.