ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

John Davison

Not much is expected of minnows Canada, who have failed to progress past the first round in their three previous World Cups and were winless in as many matches at the 2007 tournament. However, a 1-1 draw in a two-match ODI series with Ireland last summer suggests they are no pushovers. Big-hitting all-rounder John Davison appears to be the chief source of runs, while Ruvindu Gunasekera is considered a good prospect, having made back-to-back half-centuries against Ireland. Seamer Henry Osinde represents one of Canada's chief threats with the ball, although his style may not be suited to the pitches on the sub-continent.

Squad: Ashish Bagai (wicketkeeper), Rizwan Cheema, Harvir Baidwan, Nitish Kumar, Hiral Patel, Tyson Gordon, Henry Osinde, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Parth Desai, Karl Whatham, Khurram Chohan, Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Balaji Rao.

Captain: Ashish Bagai
Coach: Pubudu Dassanayake

Key Man: John Davison
The Australia-born Davison shot to prominence in 2003 when he scored the then fastest century in World Cup history, off 67 balls, against a stunned West Indies. He has also registered two half-centuries against New Zealand. At 40, he is still his adopted country’s best player and will be expected to score runs at a healthy rate as well as keep things tight with his off-breaks.

1975: Did not participate
1979: 1st round
1983: Did not participate
1987: Did not participate
1992: Did not participate
1996: Did not participate
1999: Did not participate
2003: 1st round
2007: 1st round