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Cricket World Cup Tips: No way Afghanistan should be outsiders

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Both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka lost their opening match at the tournament. A bit like in a horse race, it’s worth considering not just the numbers themselves but also the manner of a team’s defeat in a game of cricket.

Sri Lanka were absolutely torn apart by New Zealand, posting just 136 and losing the game by 10 wickets. Their batting was erratic and indisciplined, their bowling toothless and ‘samey’ with no-one even looking like taking a wicket. More than that, it was their body language and attitude that was the greatest cause for concern. Sulking about the fact that a few of their best players weren’t selected for the World Cup or that a new skipper had just come in.

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