Cricket, they say, is a funny game. But maybe it’s a little less funny than it used to be. Look at this week’s World Cup semi-finalists, and all you say is … well, yes. South Africa v New Zealand, Australia v India: if not perhaps in these precise configurings, it’s this foursome who have stood out from about midway through the Cup, each on their day being capable of beating another.
Look through the annals of the World Cup and it’s seldom been unarguable that the semi-finalists have been composed of the best four teams — and ironically that’s partly due to the teams playing today.