Anyone going to be following/watching it? It's probably got the most random pool play format possible, with them trying to maximise the amount of competitive games. The semi's are likely to be NZ v England and Aus v France/Samoa/PNG.
SBW fail this morning if you missed it:
A cult hero for his batting, New Zealand's third highest wicket taker in Tests has announced his retirement. Only behind Hadlee and Vettori and one of only four New Zealand's to have taken over 200 Test wickets:
1. Sir Richard Hadlee - 431
2. Daniel Vettori - 359
3. Chris Martin - 233
This is something that's been frustrating me for a while. In the NZ - Aus game yesterday for 90-100% of the first 35 overs McCullum only had 2 or 3 men outside the circle, hence pretty much the whole time Australia were effectively in a batting powerplay. Then it gets taken and the commentators...
New Zealand v France 1st Test - Points Start
A few things make me like those odds. It's the 1st Test of the year so we're bound to be a bit rusty, a lot of first choice ABs are out (as well as French players though), France have the best record...