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Nick Knight Webchat

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

  • [nickknight] They can upset the big boys if everything falls in their favour but the pace and bounce in Australia could hurry up Ireland a bit more than in the subcontinent.
    11/6/2014 1:30:43 PM
  • Hi Nick, what can cricket learn from the football and rugby World Cups?
    11/6/2014 1:31:06 PM
  • [nickknight] Shortness and compactness would be good but I want there to be time in the Cricket World Cup for the associate nations to earn their corn. I think cricket has it just about right with the World Cup at the moment and if it goes on five or six days too long, I can live with that.
    11/6/2014 1:32:36 PM
  • What is your favourite moment from a World Cup?
    11/6/2014 1:32:39 PM
  • [nickknight] Edgbaston 1999. Allan Donald was run out while batting with Lance Klusener in the semi-finals when South Africa faced Australia, meaning the Aussies made the final.
    11/6/2014 1:33:25 PM
  • [nickknight] There are lots though. Seeing MS Dhoni shoot up the order four years ago and win the 2011 World Cup for India was also so memorable.
    11/6/2014 1:33:52 PM
  • @SkyCricket #askSkyCricket How did it feel playing Shoaib Akhtar in 2003 WC?
  • [nickknight] I played with my eyes closed!
    11/6/2014 1:34:49 PM
  • [nickknight] There was so much theatre involved so it was fantastic but scary!
    11/6/2014 1:35:14 PM
  • [nickknight] He sought me out beforehand and said: 'I am going to bowl at you so fast'. He wasn't wrong. I was so far back in the crease and was not thinking about scoring runs at all!
    11/6/2014 1:36:20 PM
  • [nickknight] Shoaib's slingy action was so hard to combat, much more so than the conventional Donalds and Pollocks. You had less time to react and sometimes couldn't react at all. It was a great challenge, however, and one I'm glad I faced.
    11/6/2014 1:37:27 PM
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  • Who is the best left-handed batsman we will see in the World Cup?
    11/6/2014 1:38:07 PM
  • [nickknight] Suresh Raina. He is the finished article in one-day cricket and will have a huge impact. Quinton de Kock is impressive but the way Raina reads games is a joy to watch.
    11/6/2014 1:39:17 PM
  • [nickknight] He functions so well with Dhoni and if he comes in at four, five or six he will do some damage.
    11/6/2014 1:39:44 PM
  • Are England sill better with their middle order supremo, KP?
    11/6/2014 1:40:27 PM
  • [nickknight] I think England have moved on from that now.
    11/6/2014 1:41:03 PM
  • [nickknight] I still wanted KP involved but that hasn't happened and he isn't playing regular cricket now.
    11/6/2014 1:41:59 PM
  • [nickknight] If he came in at three, four of five now, you couldn't guarantee big scores, you'd just be hoping for them.
    11/6/2014 1:42:51 PM
  • [nickknight] The crying shame now is that the great innings at The Oval and in Mumbai are forgotten and you only think of discontent.
    11/6/2014 1:43:34 PM
  • No KP, then, so is Root now vital?
    11/6/2014 1:43:53 PM
  • [nickknight] Yes. He has a very mature head on young shoulders and has been empowered by England. The extra bounce should suit him and his confidencce must be sky high after this summer.
    11/6/2014 1:44:39 PM
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  • [nickknight] Root's game-management is exceptional, something that has been evident from the day he came into the team. He has propelled England to big scores having come in in troubling situations and I really, really like what he offers.
    11/6/2014 1:46:17 PM
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    11/6/2014 1:47:01 PM
  • [nickknight] Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and India.
    11/6/2014 1:47:46 PM
  • [nickknight] Sri Lanka have had lots of mystery in the past with Murali and Malinga and even now, if Sachithra Senanayake comes back in, that mystique remains.
    11/6/2014 1:48:57 PM
  • [nickknight] I think Angelo Mathews is doing a fantastic job as captain. He has been aided by some very experienced players, speaks well, was impressive when discussing the Mankad and offers options with bat, ball and in the field.
    11/6/2014 1:50:37 PM
  • Sachithra Senanayake (left) - key to Sri Lanka's hopes

    11/6/2014 1:50:47 PM
  • [nickknight] Kumar and Mahela will be the key men, of course, as they understand the nuances of ODI cricket.
    11/6/2014 1:52:04 PM
  • [nickknight] Sri Lanka would be my fourth favourites behind Australia, South Africa and India but I genuinely believe they can win it.
    11/6/2014 1:53:03 PM
  • MAHELA'S MAJESTY - 2011 World Cup final
    11/6/2014 1:53:52 PM
  • How will Mark Ramprakash help England's batting cause?
    11/6/2014 1:54:17 PM
  • [nickknight] He has experienced the ups and down of international cricket and knows everything there is to know. That counts for a lot and I hope the players lap up his words.
    11/6/2014 1:55:07 PM
  • NICK ON RAMPS - SSN HQ
    11/6/2014 1:55:52 PM
  • [nickknight] Ramps is just out of the game so has modern ideas and theories and has obviously impressed sufficiently to get the batting coach job full time.
    11/6/2014 1:55:59 PM
  • [nickknight] Mark was a technical maestro, too, so there is no-one better to iron out any kinks in the batsmen's games.
    11/6/2014 1:57:48 PM
  • Which other batsmen would you want in England's World Cup squad?
    11/6/2014 1:57:51 PM
  • [nickknight] James Taylor. I have had a hunch about his ability for some time in regards to being able to win big games. He's done it for Notts and he can do it for England.
    11/6/2014 1:59:00 PM
  • Ramps will work full-time with England's batsmen from now on

    11/6/2014 1:59:08 PM
  • [nickknight] His small stature does not bother me either. Sachin wasn't tall and he turned out okay...
    11/6/2014 1:59:32 PM
  • [nickknight] Samit Patel should also be in contention with the spin bowling he offers, though he may find it hard to dislodge Bopara, who is now at his peak.
    11/6/2014 2:00:48 PM
  • Samit Patel - has 36 ODI caps to date

    11/6/2014 2:02:00 PM
  • [nickknight] Bopara could have a dramatic impact with the bat in the final few overs but I hope that on some occasions he and and Jos Buttler move up the order and take games by the scruff of the neck.
    11/6/2014 2:02:01 PM
  • [nickknight] Ravi is a genuine contender to bat at three if there are injuries or a loss of form higher up, too, and his bowling is more than useful. He might not bowl 10 overs often - he might not bowl 10 ever - but his five or six overs can restrict the run rate.
    11/6/2014 2:04:00 PM
  • Do u think South Africa can break the jinx of not winning major ICC honours finally down under?
    11/6/2014 2:04:03 PM
  • [nickknight] Quality-wise, you wouldn't be surprised because they have all the resources. Steyn and Morkel with the new ball are potent and then you have Amla and de Villiers in the batting. Look out for Duminy and de Kock, too.
    11/6/2014 2:05:37 PM
  • AB de Villiers and JP Duminy - integral to South Africa's World Cup campaign

    11/6/2014 2:06:03 PM
  • [nickknight] Duminy has played enough cricket to deal with any situation and get his team to a par or plus-par score. He knows which bowlers to attack and which ones not to and packs a lot of power in that frame.
    11/6/2014 2:06:53 PM
  • [nickknight] de Kock, meanwhile, is a sweet, sweet timer of the ball, perhaps a part of the game he has picked up from Hashim Amla, who is staggeringly good in full flow.
    11/6/2014 2:08:12 PM
  • Any more catwalk work from you, Nick?
    11/6/2014 2:10:21 PM
  • CATWALK CRICKET, starring Nick and Laurie Evans
    11/6/2014 2:10:53 PM
  • [nickknight] I'm sure you are referring to me and Warwickshire's Laurie Evans from before the T20 Finals Day. The Birmingham Becks has had more offers than me, put it that way!
    11/6/2014 2:11:46 PM
  • I think we'd better leave it there, Nick, unless you have any final thoughts? It's shaping up to be a great winter of cricket, isn't it?
    11/6/2014 2:12:32 PM
  • CRICKET ON SKY SPORTS
    11/6/2014 2:12:59 PM
  • [nickknight] It certainly is. Thanks for all your questions. Let's hope I'm wrong about England only making the quarter-finals in the World Cup. Keep the faith!
    11/6/2014 2:13:32 PM
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