Besides living up to its reputation as the second most important event in the ICC calendar, the sixth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy currently being held in South Africa carried the added responsibility of warding off the growing challenge from Twenty20 cricket which over the last couple of years has caught the public fancy in a big way.
At the halfway mark there is little doubt that the ICC Champions Trophy has done much to generate interest once more in ODIs. The right conditions, the right pitches and the right attitude has seen large crowds, vibrant contests and outstanding performances. The up and down results have been a bonus. Things are bound to get better and the cynics who wrote the obituaries of the ODIs have been way off the mark.
Not unexpectedly the early exit of South Africa, India being virtually out of the tournament at the preliminary stage and England's resurgence have been the main talking points. Few gave Andrew Strauss' men any chance particularly afterRead More »from England the team of the moment