World Cup - Week 1 in numbers

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A look at the key numbers from the first week of the 2015 ICC World Cup.

It was a week where there was plenty of exciting action, pretty much book-ended by England capitulations, first at the hands of Australia and then New Zealand today where Tim Southee took seven wickets and Brendon McCullum broke the record for the fastest World Cup half-century.

In between times, there were plenty of encouraging signs for the associate nations, who the ICC has seemingly taken every effort to attempt to eliminate from the next tournament in 2019 by reducing it to 10 teams. Ireland's win over the West Indies was the talking point; as much for the fact that it didn't really come as too much of a surprise against an increasingly poor West Indies side as the actual result itself. There were also strong showings for Scotland - at least with the ball - against New Zealand, the UAE against Zimbabwe, and even Afghanistan didn't disgrace themselves on debut against Bangladesh.

Indeed, such has been the outcry on social media over the ICC's decision to exclude the associates from the next event that a petition has been started by cricket writer and fan Nick Sharland calling for a rethink of that decision. You can add your voice by signing it.

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