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Boos, hairbands and Cricket World Cup predictions – The Spin podcast

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Emma John is joined by Vic Marks, Geoff Lemon and Sonali Shah to look back at a busy weekend of cricket and look ahead with their predictions for the big hitters of the Cricket World Cup

Emma doesn’t like the fact that England are favourites for the World Cup. Having lived through decades of disappointment, the idea of being told they’re going to win makes her uncomfortable. Nonetheless she’ll be asking her panel (and a Magic 8 Ball) for their tournament predictions.

After Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner were greeted with boos and shouts of ‘cheat’ on their return from a one-year ban for their part in the ball-tampering scandal, the panel reflect on their likely reception for the rest of the summer. Do cricket fans love a pantomime villain and has the sand-paper scandal led to Australian cricketers really being 74% nicer, as a recent report suggests?

Plus: will the 500 barrier be broken by a team batting in this World Cup? And if so, is that good for the game? Why are headbands back in fashion? And where can Eoin Morgan take his team for a last-minute motivational road-trip?

WARNING: CONTAINS A GAME OF THRONES SPOILER.

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