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12 Records and Milestones that may get broken in the 2011 World Cup

Whilst the team prize of lifting the ICC World Cup is uppermost in everyone’s minds, there are some key milestones that are around the corner for some of the players.

England - Finding out that World Cup is different to Ashes

Captain Andrew Strauss is leading the side with renewed confidence and they are well drilled by coach Andy Flower of Zimbabwe. The batting is built around the powerful presence of Kevin Pietersen with Graeme Swann the key bowling attack option.

Zimbabwe - Slow turning pitches suits their style

Zimbabwe has played reasonably frequently in Bangladesh and has experience in the subcontinental conditions, which suit its spin-oriented bowling attack led by Ray Price and Prosper Utseya

West Indies - A far cry from the glory days

Darren Sammy captains the team and former paceman Ottis Gibson is the coach. Chris Gayle, and Darren Bravo hold the key to Windies success. Batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan and wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin - who were both not named in the recently-cancelled One-Day International series in Sri Lanka, are named in the squad.

South Africa - Time to breakaway from chokers tag

Graeme Smith skippers them for his last throw at World Cup glory, and they are coached by Corrie van Zyl.

Netherlands - Looking to gain experience in the big league

Netherlands have played in 3 world cups in 1996, 2003 and 2007. Peter Borren captains them this time with Peter Drinnen (Australia) their coach. They have a World Cup win-loss record of 2-12. They have had recent success after defeating Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 2010.

Ireland - Major teams beware of another shock win

Ireland stunned Pakistan and made the Super 8 round in 2007. William Porterfield leads them this time with Phil Simmons (West Indies) handling the coaching duties.

Bangladesh - Tipped for a surprise quarter-finals berth

Bangladesh bring recent ODI form into this world cup. Captain Shakib Al Hasan thinks his side can reach the quarterfinals. They are well coached by Jamie Siddons of Australia.

India - handling the local expectations to repeat 1983

India have a lot of expectation to live upto from their fanatical local supporters who have been waiting for a repeat of their best World Cup performance in 1983 when they won the crown.

Sri Lanka - one of the top 3 favourites in familiar conditions

Sri Lanka is one of the tournament favourites on their home soil and in familiar conditions. Especially if they get to contest the semi final scheduled for Colombo at their fortress of R Premadasa Stadium at Kettarama.

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