Australia 2007

2010-12-13 14:32
2007 - Australia

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Who was there?
The Test nations of England, Australia, West Indies, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and  South Africa, with Scotland, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bangladesh, Bermuda, the Netherlands, Canada and Ireland making up the 16 participating teams.

Tournament Star
He may not always be remembered for the right reasons, but South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs struck the right note with crowds as he hit six sixes in one Daan van Bunge over for South Africa against the Netherlands in their Group A match in Warner Park, Saint Kitts and Nevis, becoming the first player to achieve the feat in ODI cricket.

Missed the point

The ICC, whose defiant upbeat attitude despite exorbitant ticket prices, poor planning and the death of Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer did nothing to endear them to the cricketing community.

What happened in the Final?
The best two sides made the final, but the farcical scenes at the end of the match summed up the utter shambles that almost everyone - other than the relentlessly upbeat ICC - knew the tournament had become. Adam Gilchrist thumped 149 off 104 balls - even that was shrouded in controversy as he admitted to using a squash ball inside his glove as an aid - as Australia scored 281 for 4 in a rain-reduced 38 overs. Sri Lanka chased gamely and while Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya added 116 for the second wicket they were in with a shout but they fell in quick succession and then farce descended in the gloom. The umpires left the field for bad light as Australia celebrated but then the officials, amid scenes with left cricket a laughing stock, brought the players back on. By the end, nobody could see what was happening in the middle.

Cricket is just like that
Cricket has a way of producing some real 'bad boys' – Ian Botham, Shane Warne, Mervyn Hughes all spring to mind. But 2007 was the turn of England allrounder Andrew Flintoff, who was fined after breaking curfew, and getting himself in enough of a tangle out at sea on a pedalo that the coastguard had to come and rescue him. One was not amused!


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