Minnows: Cricket World Cup fillers or giant killers?

Last updated 11:56 23/02/2015

UPSET: Niall O'Brien and his Ireland teammates nabbed the first upset of the Cricket World Cup, defeating West Indies by 4 wickets.

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At the start of the Cricket World Cup, critics were harping on about the tournament having too many teams, with half a dozen minnows likely to be whipping boys for the sport's heavyweights.

One week in and they'll be eating those words.

Afghanistan pushed Sri Lanka all the way in Dunedin, Zimbabwe had South Africa struggling at 4/83 before an incredible 256-run 5th wicket partnership, while Scotland almost bowled out high-flying New Zealand defending only a modest 142.

And of course Ireland continued their giant-killing World Cup ways from previous tournaments, defeating West Indies by four wickets in Nelson.

Which of the minnows has been your pick of the tournament so far? Who would you select in a "Minnows XI"? Do you believe some of these teams should be given test status? Is the gap between cricket's top eight and everyone else narrowing?

We want you views on the rise of the World Cup's supposed lesser teams.


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