Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 9th 2015 Contents ADELAIDE---The shortcomings of the England
players have been evident at the World Cup,
and Peter Moores has no doubt about that.
The England coach also has no doubt, though,
that his players are determined to prove their
worth as they play for World Cup survival
against Bangladesh in a Pool A match today.
England needs to win its last two pool match-
es against Bangladesh and Afghanistan to have
any chance of reaching the quarterfinals.
After opening its tournament with big losses
to co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, England
had a win over second-tier Scotland before
another convincing defeat to Sri Lanka last
"They feel they have got a point to prove
and they want to go out and start proving that,
and the only place you can do that is on the
cricket field," Moores said.
He the team seems to be handling the sit-
uation it has created for itself heading into
today s match at the Adelaide Oval.
"Well, there is pressure in the World Cup,
and certainly pressure on us as a team because
we haven t played as well as we d like to have
done," he said. "We ve had some challenges,
that s for sure. We ve got a mix of experience
and young players and the ability to be able to
handle pressure and play under pressure is part
of the job of being an international player. So
that will be the challenge of the players---we re
very much aware of it."
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is also
aware of the importance of the match as his
team sits on the verge of advancing to the World
Cup quarterfinals for the first time.
"If we can win this match, it will be a great
memory for everyone involved with this team,"
Bangladesh has won two pool matches and
shared the points with four-time champion
Australia after their washed-out game in Bris-
bane. Its last win came down to the wire when
it successfully chased a big Scottish total.
"Our boys are looking very confident, espe-
cially after chasing 318 in the last match," Mor-
taza said. "It doesn t matter who they are
against...they re ready to answer the questions
Mortaza s line-up will like its chances of beat-
ing the underperforming English after winning
their last World Cup encounter by two wickets
at Chittagong in 2011.
"It s a nice memory for us, but how we play
tomorrow is the main thing," the captain said.
Both Moores and Mortaza are expecting plenty
or runs to come from the Adelaide Oval s drop-
in pitch, wit5h the prospect of yet another big
run target putting extra pressure on the bowlers.
"It looks historically a good batting pitch
here, so I expect it to be full of runs," Moores
said. "Bowling-wise, we ll put out what we
think is the best team to be able to take wickets,
put them under pressure and obviously win
the game." (AP)
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NAPIER---In the hurly burly of a
World Cup campaign, Daniel Vettori
does not have the time to reflect on
his achievement of becoming the first
New Zealander to take 300 wickets in
Vettori achieved the mark in his 291st
match when he took 4-18 in a Man of
the Match performance which led the
hosts to a six-wicket win over
The 36-year-old had not anticipated
reaching the milestone during this tour-
nament. He now has 12 wickets, behind
the 13 of teammates Trent Boult and
Tim Southee. They are the top three
wicket-takers of the World Cup, reflect-
ing New Zealand s dominance with the
"I suppose I went into the World
Cup not really thinking about that mile-
stone," Vettori said. "I actually didn t
believe I would take this many wickets
in this few games.
"It will be something nice to look
back on but we are caught up in the
middle of a World Cup, there is an
important game on Friday and then
probably the most important game of
our careers (a quarterfinal) the following
Saturday. Maybe in a month or so s
time there will be a chance to look back
Vettori joined teammates on Saturday
in watching Pakistan upset South Africa
in what might have been a match
between New Zealand s prospective
quarterfinal and semifinal opponents.
Depending on the outcome of remain-
ing pool matches, New Zealand might
face Pakistan in the quarterfinals on
Saturday week and, if they win that,
South Africa in the semifinals a week
"You get through to those knockout
stages and that s where it really starts,"
Vettori said. "All the teams that even-
tually make it (to the quarterfinals) have
got match-winners in them, so you
can t sit back and say a team s on form
or hasn t played well, because you ve
got to go into thinking a team is going
to play their best.
"You look at the caliber of players
that South Africa have, look at Pakistan
as well, India, anyone that we come
up against in that quarterfinal is going
to be a tough opposition." (AP)
England's captain Eoin Morgan leads his player's from the field after they lost to Sri Lanka by nine
wickets during their Cricket World Cup match in Wellington, New Zealand, last Sunday. AP PHOTO
Vettori has little time
to reflect on milestone
the wicket of
Cup Pool A
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