AFGHANISTAN: “Cricket is the solution to all our problems.”

AUSTRALIA: Can Australia’s ‘speed hipsters’ overcome the tragic loss of Steve Smith?

BANGLADESH: “The Little General leads his child soldiers into battle.”

ENGLAND: “The best young talent in the tournament.”

INDIA: “They’ve shown intent by not picking Ravindra Jadeja, who will be watching at home while shadow-blocking an imaginary length delivery from Luke Wright.”

IRELAND: Can the playground for English cricket spring an upset?

NEW ZEALAND: “An excellent chance if Jacob Oram doesn’t lose a limb.”

PAKISTAN: “Kamran Akmal’s glove work would put The Boston Strangler to shame.”

SOUTH AFRICA: “Only the NRR Gods stand between AB de Villiers and a World Cup.”

SRI LANKA: Will the home side gatecrash their own party?

WEST INDIES: “Explosive, incendiary, blast-furnace batting”, but can West Indies finally convert their potential into a trophy?

ZIMBABWE: “It became clear that Robert Mugabe was the resilient type when he decided to stay in office despite Zimbabwe’s showings in the West Indies.”

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