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How come Australia is odds on to win the final?

How come Australia is odds on to win the Cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday?

New Zealand beat Australia when they met earlier in the tournament and Australian commentators are saying the Black Caps will be overawed by the occasion. It’s just par for the course and what we’ve come to expect with the sometimes friendly trans-Tasman rivalry.

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden says the MCG is too big for New Zealand which has won all eight of its games in the tournament to date. Hayden says the Blacks have been winning because of home zone comfort and in small stadiums.

The word from inside the Black Caps camp is that they are just loving these Kiwi-bashing comments which serve to make them more determined for the final. Hayden says Eden Park is so small that it should not be a cricket ground. Great stuff. That’s on a par with one Sydney journalist who wrote one year that Sir Edmund Hillary was an Australian.

Some years ago New Zealand beat Australia on Australia Day in Adelaide, bowling them out for just 74. The Aussie captain on the day brushed off the result saying, “mate, even though you beat us, we’re still the best”.

Take out Steve Smith, one of the top three batsmen in the world on current form, and fast bowler Mitchell Starc, the Australians have been largely unimpressive in the World Cup. They battled in their quarter-final at Adelaide to chase down a poor score by Pakistan. Shane Watson was cowering and intimidated by pace bowler Wahad Riaz.

New Zealand will not be thinking about Australia in the final. They will be focused on their game. They have beaten all countries before in this tournament because they have performed better.

Either way the game will set a record for one of the biggest crowds ever to watch cricket at the MCG. The record of 91,112 was set against England two years ago. A big crowd attended a mass when Pope John Paul II appeared there in 1986. Australians will be praying they won’t lose to New Zealand on Sunday. They could not cope.

Go the Black Caps!

Free Cricket World Cup opening event

Did you know that Christchurch is hosting the opening of the ICC Cricket World Cup for 2015? You’ll want to be there, this Thursday the 12th of February from 6.30-10.30pm in North Hagley Park, when the celebrations kick off! This is a free community concert, and entertainment extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

  • Chill out to music from: Shapeshifter, Hayley Westenra, Sol3Mio, Ginny Blackmore, and other performers.
  • Experience Christchurch’s biggest ever fireworks display and amazing light display
  • Enjoy being a part of a backyard cricket match with local teams, Kiwi players and entertainers
  • Grab a bite to eat from the various food trucks
  • Watch International cultural groups and Kapa Haka performances.

Further info here…

Ikram the robot predicts Cricket World Cup winners

The University of Canterbury is the best place in the world to be right now if you love robots and cricket.

An awarded-winning Canterbury PhD student Eduardo Sandoval has programmed one of the robots to find out which team will win the Cricket World Cup. It was a lot of fun and it’s very international.

Eduardo is from Mexico and the robot’s given name is Ikram, named after a great Mexican-Syrian philosopher. How cool is that :-).

Eduardo Sandoval with Nao robots
Eduardo Sandoval with Nao robots

Eduardo developed software for the robot to help predict the outcome of the Cricket World Cup. He held printed flags of the 14 competing countries’ flags in front of Ikram and asked which team would win the World Cup tournament, which starts in Christchurch this weekend. The teams competing are Australia, West Indies, Ireland, New Zealand, England, India, Afghanistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Scotland, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.

The Cricket World Cup is big worldwide. The tournament is the world’s third largest (with only the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics exceeding it), being televised in over 200 countries to over 2.2 billion television viewers, according to Wikipedia.

Ikram narrowed down the possible winners to five teams – India, West Indies, New Zealand, Scotland and Afghanistan. Watch as Ikram goes through the selection process and see who he picked as the winning team (YouTube). Leave us your comments on this blog if you think you can do a better job at predicting the winning team!

The University of Canterbury has six Nao robots and in the past they have performed rugby haka and Gangnam style dances. Cutting edge research in social robotics is a great opportunity for students at the University of Canterbury.

Christchurch is one of two cities hosting the opening of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup this week. A free concert will be held in North Hagley Park on Thursday night to mark the event. The concert features 1000 performers on stage and a global TV audience of more than 1 billion people. Check out more information at: www.christchurch2015.co.nz.