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Our one-day specialist joins us 100 days ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

  • Thanks for all your World Cup questions - we've had so many we've already over-run our allotted hour with Nick Knight and we've got to wrap it up now. But never fear, the live cricket comes thick and fast in the coming months and yes, there are just 100 days to go now until the World Cup begins!
    11/6/2014 2:16:01 PM
  • It's 100 days to go until the start of the 2015 Cricket World Cup - and to mark the start of the countdown proper Nick Knight has joined us to answer you questions, which you can pose by tweeting @SkyCricket using the hashtag #askSkyCricket.
    11/6/2014 12:57:21 PM
  • Hi Nick. Who do you think are the favourites to win? And which team do you think will be the surprise package (if there is one)?
    11/6/2014 12:59:36 PM
  • If you are going to ask me for one team to win, I would say Australia.
    11/6/2014 12:59:50 PM
  • I think they have a great depth of squad and see Finch and Warner as an outstanding partnership at the top of the order. Add in the class of Watson and the potency of Mitchell Johnson and they are hard to look past.
    11/6/2014 1:00:46 PM
  • I have always looked at the spin option as a potential area where you can expose Australia, though. They don't have the brilliant Warne of yesteryear and a high-quality spinner would be great for them.
    11/6/2014 1:02:35 PM
  • I say that because the bounce of the spin in Australia creates a lot of problems, even on flat pitches. It won't be a case of spin being less important because we are not in the subcontinent.
    11/6/2014 1:03:34 PM
  • As far as surprise packages go, it's New Zealand, particularly in home conditions.
    11/6/2014 1:04:20 PM
  • You'd fancy them to get through the group and win a quarter-final but a semi or a final? I'm not sure.
    11/6/2014 1:04:55 PM
  • Finch and Warner - a formidable force

    11/6/2014 1:05:26 PM
  • For them it depends on Jesse Ryder. He is a high-quality game-changer with the bat, as we saw from his time at Essex, and his bowling is coming along. He can perform a dual role.
    11/6/2014 1:06:07 PM
  • If Ryder desperately wants to play for New Zealand and make an impact in a World Cup, then, crikey, he will be a real asset. So will Tim Southee on the bowling front.
    11/6/2014 1:07:05 PM
  • How far do you think Pakistan will go?
    11/6/2014 1:07:40 PM
  • I am going to come out with the greatest cricketing cliche and say you never know.
    11/6/2014 1:08:02 PM
  • I have a concern over whether they will rack up enough runs with the bat but we know on the bowling front that they have the firepower. Junaid Khan is majestic at the death and even without Saeed Ajmal, they have magic.
    11/6/2014 1:09:09 PM
  • What are your thoughts about the defending champions India?? What are there chances???
    11/6/2014 1:09:10 PM
  • You'd say India would be bang on favourites if this was in the subcontinent but as it isn't...
    11/6/2014 1:09:49 PM
  • I still think they will be right up there, though. Virat Kohli, despite having a lean time in England, is the outstanding one-day batsman of the moment and MS Dhoni is a marvellous captain.
    11/6/2014 1:10:52 PM
  • India - can they defend their title in Australia and New Zealand?

    11/6/2014 1:10:56 PM
  • Dhoni is very feared with the bat and has the ability to stay cool at crunch times. I love watching him captain and think he is India's greatest strength.
    11/6/2014 1:11:47 PM
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    11/6/2014 1:12:25 PM
  • India's bowlers caused England all sorts of trouble this summer. Kumar has a lot of control of the swinging ball and if he stays fit I think he can have a major impact.
    11/6/2014 1:13:50 PM
  • what do you think of Englands chances?
    11/6/2014 1:13:56 PM
  • There are certainly issues there, particularly with the captain's spot.
    11/6/2014 1:14:44 PM
  • I like Alastair Cook as a man and as a player but I think we could replace him in the opening spot with Moeen Ali, as I said in September.
    11/6/2014 1:15:26 PM
  • Back then I went with Hales, Ali, Bell, Morgan (c), Root, Bopara, Buttler, Broad, Tredwell, Anderson, Finn and I see no reason to change that.
    11/6/2014 1:15:55 PM
  • 11/6/2014 1:16:30 PM
  • I want Ali to open the way he does for Worcestershire, Hales up there, too and our best players, Bell and Morgan, dominating in the middle overs.
    11/6/2014 1:16:43 PM
  • Morgan would be my captain because he is a very chirpy character and has spent time around the world learning tricks of the trade - but his batting is a concern at the moment,
    11/6/2014 1:17:28 PM
  • He showed glimpses in Australia but needs to be putting in world-class performances time after time. His technique went a little awry a few years ago but I think his current lack of runs might be a more mental thing.
    11/6/2014 1:18:26 PM
  • MORGAN THE CAPTAIN
    11/6/2014 1:19:19 PM
  • I want him empowered by batting at four and getting hundreds, rather than coming in at five and scoring sixties and seventies. That's what wins you big games.
    11/6/2014 1:19:28 PM
  • England will want James Anderson fit and firing, though, so hopefully him missing Sri Lanka is precautionary and nothing more serious.
    11/6/2014 1:20:08 PM
  • It is a big blow that Jimmy won't be in Sri Lanka, because they need him talking cricket in the team room as an experienced player, as well as on the park with his bowling.
    11/6/2014 1:21:13 PM
  • If he and perhaps even Stuart Broad miss the World Cup, it would rip the heart out of England's bowling. They would then need Steven Finn to be the leader of the attack.
    11/6/2014 1:22:00 PM
  • Finn is not back to his best just yet but needs to be a frontline player with or without Jimmy and Stuart.
    11/6/2014 1:23:03 PM
  • ANDERSON ON ENGLAND'S WINTER
    11/6/2014 1:23:07 PM
  • [nickknight] Finn can generate so much pace and bounce and knock batsmen's heads off, so you cannot underestimate his potential.
    11/6/2014 1:24:37 PM
  • [nickknight] With all that in mind, I think England should get through their group no problem but getting past the quarter-finals sees tough at the moment. But there is time to improve and they have match-winning players.
    11/6/2014 1:25:42 PM
  • Who do you see as the surprise star for the world-cup?
    11/6/2014 1:25:54 PM
  • Tough one to say at the moment with the squads yet to be announced but I think New Zealand's Kane Williamson is a wonderful batsman at the top of the order.
    11/6/2014 1:26:45 PM
  • He can play steadily and up the ante when time calls for it, but I also think Corey Anderson could smack the ball out the park for New Zealand - if he plays.
    11/6/2014 1:28:07 PM
  • Hi Nick, which associate nation do you feel will make the biggest impact at the tournament? I feel some could sleep on Afghanistan
    11/6/2014 1:28:14 PM
  • Ireland. Afghanistan are good but Ireland are the standout.
    11/6/2014 1:28:37 PM
  • Scotland have shown good signs and with Paul Collingwood in tow don't be surprised if they do okay, but Ireland have a slightly superior level of player.
    11/6/2014 1:29:34 PM
  • REMEMBER O'BRIEN'S BLITZ?
    11/6/2014 1:29:38 PM
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