It is not often that Australia got into a major tournament low on hype. The on-going World T20 was one of those rare feelings for them. They were ranked behind Ireland, having been held to a draw in the T20s played in the West Indies and, more recently, had a tough time against Pakistan in the UAE.
The West Indies will play their opening game in the T20 World Cup on Saturday against Australia and the cricketing world will be looking on with interest. Their long suffering fans have felt, for a long time, that their once all-conquering side has too long languished in the nether regions of the world cricket rankings.
New Zealand will enter tomorrows fifth and final day of the first test at North Sound with a chance of avoiding defeat. Their fortunes, of course, will depend on their captain Ross Taylor and the batsmen to come, but the conscientious batting of their top order has placed them in a position to save the game.
At last, the West Indies have something to cheer about. Everything went wrong for them in England in both the Tests and ODIs, and they needed this victory against New Zealand to boost their confidence.