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, Published on 18 February 2011
Continuing from where we left in the first part of SWOT analysis, this article focuses on the other 3 top contenders of this World Cup. The first part focused on subcontinent teams and in this we focus on Australia, England and South Africa. So we at mbaskool.com feel that one among these 6 would lift the World Cup on April 2nd.
The analysis starts with Team Australia.
a)Ability to perform at the Big Stage: Australians have this “never say die” spirit and this instils the fear in the mid of the opposition. We can be rest assured that the Australians are not going to give up until the last wicket is taken or the last ball is bowled. This makes them one of the strong contenders even though their form has not been great going into this World Cup.
b)Mercurial Shane Watson: Over the last 2 years he has been their pillar of strength for this Australian team. He provides the team very aggressive starts when batting and can also chip in with a few useful overs as well during the middle overs. The success of their campaign would depend on how he performs.
a)Absence of a genuine spinner: The subcontinent pitches are always prepared in such a way that they help spinners. However Australia does not have a quality spinner in the same league as that of Shane Warne. This absence of quality spinners could hurt them badly over the next few weeks.
b)Suspect Middle Order: The Australians teams of the past have had an extremely strong middle order which isn’t the case in this World Cup. The absence of Mike Hussey who was their mainstay in the middle order will be a major cause of concern. Ricky Ponting has just come back from injury and Michael Clarke is in an indifferent form for the past few months.
a)Potent Pace Attack: Even though they would be missing the services of ever reliable McGrath in this World cup their pace attack comprising of Lee, Johnson etc would still be a major force when the bowl starts to reverse swing. So the pace attack has a great chance to stand up and fill in the void left behind by the absence of quality spinners.
b)Underdog Status: Never before in the recent past has an Australian team gone into the World Cup as an underdog. With the focus not being on them they can just concentrate on cricket.
a)Self Belief of the other teams: Unlike in the past, the other teams now believe that Australians can be beaten. This has made it harder for them going into this World Cup as previously half the battle was won even before the team took to the ground.
Team South Africa
a)Well Balanced Side: The South Africans have a very balanced side with most of their players in great form. The pace attack of Steyn and Morkel is among the most potent in this World Cup. Also the opening pair of Smith and Amla has provided great starts and the middle order has utilized these starts well.
b)Players with all round capabilities: South African team has a number of players who can be effective with both bat and ball. Kallis is one of them and he will be one of the key players of their World Cup campaign and another such player is Duminy. We can also consider AB Devillers as he is the Wicket keeper but at the sametime a great batsman as well.
a)Perennial Chokers: The team has a history of choking at crucial moments. Be it at the World Cup 1996 when they lost in QFs or in thee 1999 when they lost in SFs, they have been found wanting in the crunch situations. So they need to guard against this in this World Cup.
b)Absence of good spinner: As is the case with most of the foreign teams, even South Africa lacks a decent spinner. They don’t have an attacking spinner but mostly rely on the spinners to contain the opposition
a)Imran Tahir: A lot has been written about this spinner but the World is yet to witness him perform. The World Cup provides him with a perfect platform to perform and show to the world what he is capable of.
a)Poor Players of Spin: The subcontinent pitches usually favour the spinners and South Africans historically haven’t been great against spinners. So they need to adapt to the spinning conditions quickly if they want to succeed in this World Cup.
b)Players back after injuries: Many of their players have just come back after injuries. So they would be short of match practice and also their fitness would be a little suspect.
a)In Amazing Form: Forgetting what happened in Australia a few days back, the England team have been in a fabulous form for the past one year or so. The reigning T20 champions have found the right mix of players to succeed in different formats.
b)Good Spinner: England is one of the rare teams among the foreign teams to have a quality spinner in their team. Swann not only contains the opposition but is also very attacking and has the capability of picking up wickets.
a)Absence of Genuine Opener: England has not found a right person to open their innings. Strauss does open in this format but is more suitable to open in Test cricket. This could hurt them as in the subcontinent; it is the first fifteen overs which decide a fate of the match.
a)Hunger to achieve what no other English team has done: England has been consistent in the World Cup but has never won it. This English team has been able to remain calm even in tense situation. This ability would serve them well if they wish to lift the cup which they have never won.
b)Seam Attack: The seam attack has mastered the art of reverse swing and in the subcontinent as the ball gets older; the seam bowlers get a lot of reverse swing. Thus the seam attack led by Anderson has a great opportunity of exploiting the reverse swing.
a)Unsettled Middle Order: As witnessed in the last series against Australia; England relies heavily on a few batsmen in their middle order namely Pietersen and Morgan. With Morgan in doubt to play this world cup, they will now have to find a person who can do his job.