Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Glenn Maxwell, the Australia all-rounder, is ready to assume the floating role he executed to great effect in the past at CWC 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019
Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Maxwell was Australia’s third highest run-getter in the 2015 World Cup, accumulating 324 runs in eight matches at 64.80, and even scored his maiden, and so far only, one-day international century in the tournament. Maxwell performed a key floating role during that campaign, and in the build-up to this year’s tournament, he has been doing something similar.

He was slated as low as No.7 by the Australian think-tank earlier in the year, but he has since batted at every position in the middle order, helping the side win eight consecutive away ODIs.

“I joked about this, but as soon as it gets past about the 15th over and we’re none down, I put them [his pads] on and just wait there,” he said on the sidelines of a training camp in Brisbane. “

But I generally work with JL Coach Justin Langer, just keep asking him what he wants from me, and it’ll get to a point where he’ll say, ‘Go put ’em on’.

“He’ll send a message out to Aaron Finch, ask him what he thinks, and that’s how we get to that decision. It was rather that I did rationally well in 2015, so we’re sort of trying to emulate that in this World Cup. Hopefully, I can do it similarly.”

The 30-year-old has been in spectacular form this year. In 13 matches, Maxwell has scored 458 runs at an average of 41.63, from across the middle order. A lot of credit for that, he said, went to the foundations laid by Finch and Usman Khawaja at the top.

“The top order has been really successful as well, I’ve been able to ride off the back of that, come in at different times and expand on really good starts,” he said. “We saw in the UAE that they performed extremely well – Aaron and Usman were outstanding at the top – so for me to just ride on the back of that, and play a different role was really enjoyable.”

Having made him unavailable for IPL 2019, Maxwell joined Lancashire to play in the County Championship in England; to help sues the conditions ahead of the premier event. “It was pretty good,” he said of his stint. I was lucky enough to be training at Old Trafford every day with a center wicket, so I was able to get used to conditions.

“The wicket was really good. Every day I was facing Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions so [they were] decent net sessions as well. I was very blessed with what I had.”

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Sangakkara Said This CWC19 Will be one of the Best Ever Tournaments

Kumar Sangakkara former SL skipper feels one can imagine a “close competition” and “great cricket” in the ICC CWC19. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Sangakkara Said This CWC19 Will be one of the Best Ever Tournaments
Sangakkara Said This CWC19 Will be one of the Best Ever Tournaments

Sangakkara, 41, who is soon to take over as the first non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, is excited about the marquee tournament, which begins on 30 May.

“I have a feeling this World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments,” he told Hindustan Times. “There will be close competition and I am sure we can look forward to some great cricket. The fans will enjoy it. It will be a great occasion for the sport and I am really excited.”

Kumar Sangakkara is content with the way new teams are entering international cricket and believes it bodes well for the growth of the game.

“I think the ICC has been doing a very good job in terms of trying to spread the game and more importantly in terms of bringing new teams to the framework. MCC does it in a unique way and has planned to tie up and bring in exciting new countries.”

The dashing left-hander, who represented Sri Lanka in four World Cups, also added that while cricket is growing, it is also important for the governing bodies to ensure there is no overload.

It should be looked at how home boards do their scheduling. It has got more to do with the ICC to balance out the Future Tours Programme. There has to be an adequate break between tours ensuring rehabilitation is done in a proper manner.

“There’s a lot of international cricket and a lot of domestic leagues taking place at the moment. They have to work with the home boards to balance things, not only for players and boards but even for spectators.”

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Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

The Caribbean side missing some of their first-choice players will face hosts Ireland in the first game of the tri-nation series, which also involves Bangladesh, on Sunday, 5 May, and look to familiarize themselves with the English conditions ahead of the CWC. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Only half of the 14-man West Indies squad named for the tri-series will be contributing in the CWC19; the other members of the CWC team are playing in the IPL. Yet, the tri-series will offer them a taste of the circumstances, while giving outlying players an opportunity to showcase their talent, especially youngsters like Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Shane Dowrich and Raymon Reifer.

West Indies did well to draw the five-match ODI series against England in March, an outcome that was not expected as the hosts were facing a strong side placed No.1 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings. They will rely on the experience of a senior player like Darren Bravo and Shai Hope. Skipper Jason Holder will lead the pace attack alongside Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, and Shanon Gabriel.

Ireland, meanwhile, will be ruing their defeat to England in Dublin on Friday, sliding from a position of strength. While the hosts faltered while batting, their precise bowling had almost derailed England. They have a terrific top three in place, in William Porterfield, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie, who gave them a good start, and they will be looking to them to put up a competitive score.

Middle-order batsman Lorcan Tucker had a milder debut in comparison to Josh little, who was the star of the bowling line-up. However, Tucker’s domestic credentials are strong enough for him to warrant another chance.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Key players

Josh Little (Ireland): The teenager, who made his ODI debut on Friday, impressed with a probing spell of 4/45, picking up wickets of James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, and David Willey. The left-arm mixed short balls with fuller ones deftly and troubled the more experienced England batsmen. While the young man could not finish the job for Ireland, he will be hoping for a repeat performance against the West Indies side.

Darren Bravo (West Indies): The 30-year-old had a sub-par series against England in March this year. While he scored at an average of 44.33, he was not able to capitalize on the good starts and accumulated just 133 runs in five games. This is a great chance for him to get some quality match practice before the marquee tournament.

Conditions

Friday’s game against England was a truncated affair as rain delayed the start of proceedings. The chances of showers on Sunday are low but expect cloud cover throughout the morning. The overcast conditions might aid swing bowling and teams will be looking to field first. The last ODI here was played two years ago in May 2017, in which Bangladesh chased 270 sets by New Zealand with ease.

Teams

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

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Rahim Said Bangladesh has Strongest Squad for CWC19

Mushfiqur Rahim has spoken up his team’s chances at the ICC CWC19, saying they were good enough to go all the way. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book tickets for the Cricket World Cup 2019 to support your favorite teams.

Rahim Said Bangladesh has Strongest Squad for CWC19
Rahim Said Bangladesh has the Strongest Squad for CWC19

He will be playing his 4th CWC presence next month and believed the format for this edition, in which all 10 participating teams play each other in the round-robin stage, would be challenging.

Though, given BAN have a few experienced players in their 15-man team; he said the side could do well. “It’s a tough format, but every team will get an equal chance to prove their skill through it,” he told reporters on Sunday, 28 April. “I can say the format is more comfortable for Bangladesh.

“Having most experienced players in the team, this is the strongest CWC team that Bangladesh has ever had. We lost many finals in the recent past. Maybe, a big achievement is waiting for us in the future.”

 

Asked if that meant his side was capable of winning the CWC, he said: “It’s not impossible. It’s tough but possible. I, in my opinion, believe that we have the capability to reach the knockout stages, and anything can happen if we can reach that point.”

Rahim was also confident of showing his best at the biggest stage. “Everyone wants to do well in a big event. I think I’m no exception,” he said. “I have played three CWC and scored runs for my country. It’s going to be my fourth CWC. I’ll try to do something remarkable.

“I’ll be playing in the event to surpass all the previous records of mine. As a batsman, I’ll try to help the team according to my experience.”

Rahim acknowledged it was likely to be Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s last CWC, and said the team was determined to honor him with a “special” performance.

“There are expectations and pressure in every international game as you is representing a nation, and it’s a matter of huge pride and honor,” said Rahim. “This may be our last world cup together if Mashrafe bhai is unable to play the next CWC. We all want to do something unusual, at least for Mashrafe bhai.”

Bangladesh’s CWC training will begin in serious when they leave for Ireland on 1 May to contribute in a tri-nation series, involving the hosts and West Indies. It will be their first series after being blanked 3-0 in New Zealand,

Rahim admitted: “the upcoming Ireland series is very important to regroup as a unit.”

Their CWC campaign begins on 2 June at The Oval against South Africa.

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ENG Trying to clear up muddle before CWC 2019

Starting from the only ODI against Ireland on Friday, 3 May, ENG will have the opportunity to test their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019  squad probable and confirm their team for the pavilion event.

ENG Try to find to clear up muddle before CWC 2019
ENG Try to find to clear up muddle before CWC 2019

Less than a month removed from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, England is under pressure. Alex Hales’ removal from the preliminary squad has created a muddle, one they will need to clear up over the next couple of weeks, starting with the one-off ODI against Ireland in Malahide.

England will have the chance to try its reserves ahead of the tournament. Those include Jofra Archer, who recently became eligible to play, Chris Jordan and James Vince.

With Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow rested for the ODI, Ben Foakes will come in as the wicket-keeper batsman. Dawid Malan and Ben Duckett, who was added to the squad in place of Hales and the injured Sam Billings, will also be vying for CWC spots.

Standing opposite they are Ireland, who in their last ODI assignment tied a competitive five-match series against Afghanistan 2-2 in Dehradun.

The hosts will rely on the experienced trio of Paul Stirling, Kevin O’ Brien, and skipper William Porterfield. Andrew Balbirnie, their best batsman in the Afghanistan series, will be the lynchpin of their batting order.

The veteran duo of Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin will spearhead the pace attack, while George Dockrell and Andy McBrine complete the spin department.

Key players

Jofra Archer (England): The all-rounder will make his much-anticipated England debut, after a long wait of more than three years. Archer is a proven commodity in franchise T20 cricket, but can he replicate it at the international level?

Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland): Balbirnie had a highly successful series against Afghanistan, scoring 145* and 68. He also made 125 for Leinster Lighting in a List A fixture last week and will hope he can sustain that form.

Conditions

Passing showers have been forecast midway through the game, which might bring the DLS method into play. Three 330-plus totals have been notched up at this venue in the last three years, a state that might pique the interest of batsmen from both sides.

Squads

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jofra Archer, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood

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Ashton Turner exposes shoulder injury cost him CWC spot

Ashton Turner, the middle-order player, has exposed a shoulder injury played a part in his lapse from the Aussies ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team.

Ashton Turner exposes shoulder injury cost him CWC spot
Ashton Turner exposes shoulder injury cost him CWC spot

The injury flared up during the Big Bash League late last year and has restricted Turner in the field and from bowling his off-spin. “I do understand I’m a little bit limited with my shoulder and that probably played a part in my omission,” Turner told foxsports.com.au.

Potentially not being able to bowl probably cost me an opportunity to play a few more games before they had to select the team.

On Boxing Day when I re-injured my shoulder, I thought that my season was over and I was going straight into surgery and wouldn’t play another game for months.

“The fact I was able to keep playing the Big Bash and still be on the selector’s radar as a batter was a surprise to me. Then, to pick me in the ODI squad and then to give me the opportunity to play a few games, probably exceeded my expectations.”

Turner, who scored a masterful 84 off 43 balls against India in Mohali, was in consideration for a World Cup spot after the knock. However, the return of Steve Smith in the middle order, coupled with his limitations due to the injury meant he was sidelined in the provisional squad.

Turner and Smith were playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL when the squad was announced – Turner went straight to Smith when he heard the news.

“The day that we found out, I went to him Smith straight away and said, ‘Well done, mate, for getting in the squad’ and he said, ‘Commiserations for not being in the squad,” Turner told Cricinfo.

The 26-year-old is now eyeing a return to the national side and hopes to impress during his tour of England with Australia A. He also has a surgery scheduled after that on the troublesome shoulder. “I’m going to have surgery in a couple of months,” he added.

“Missing out on the World Cup squad has only motivated me more to want to get back there because being a part of that Australian side was such a great experience. That’s where I want to be.”

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How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

With the top tournament on the near horizon, it’s time to look at the squads that will be competing for cricket’s top prize this English summer.  Cricket World Cup Final Tickets can be garbed from our global event ticket sales market.

Oldest Squad

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

While there isn’t much clarity on how the side will line up, Sri Lanka’s contingent of experienced older figures could be vital in ushering them past the group stages. With an average age of 29.9, they are the oldest squad competing for the trophy in this edition.

Seasoned pacers Lasith Malinga, 35, and Suranga Lakmal, 32, look likely to spearhead the bowling attack. Former captain Angelo Mathews, 31, was destined for a return after the side’s poor 50-over form in the absence of the talismanic all-rounder, and there’s a call-up for Jeevan Mendis too. The 36-year-old has not played ODI cricket since 2015, but an extra wise head in the dressing room might be key to revitalizing fortunes for the 1996 winners.

Youngest squad

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

The youngest squad at this summer’s CWC is that of Pakistan, where the average age is 27.3, followed closely by Afghanistan (27.4). Pakistan look set to unleash promising 19-year-old quicks Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain on the world’s biggest stage, while Afghanistan will look to exploit their youthful options with the two-pronged spin attack of 20-year-old Rashid Khan, the No.3-ranked bowler on the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings, and fellow tweaker Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who at 18, is the youngest player at the tournament.

Most capped

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

Although age might signal ample cricketing experience, it needn’t necessarily have come at the international level. India has the fourth youngest side in the tournament, but also the most capped squad, with a combined total of 1573 appearances, eclipsing the second-most capped team, Bangladesh, by a margin of 274.

Among India’s seniors is MS Dhoni, who has played 341 ODIs, and has still remarkably managed to maintain a batting average of 50.72. Virat Kohli, the captain, and No.1-ranked batsman on the ICC ODI Batting Rankings have 227 appearances to his name, and Rohit Sharma, ranked No.2, has 206 caps, forming a frightening combination.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, will look to draw on their experience as they push for their first CWC title. Mashrafe Mortaza (205 caps), Shakib Al Hasan (195 caps), Mushfiqur Rahim (201 caps), and Tamim Iqbal (189 caps), will know that this is probably their final shot at achieving greatness together.

Mushfiqur recently said that “having most experienced players in the team, this is the strongest World Cup team that Bangladesh has ever had,” and he might just be right.

Most hundreds

India has little to no competition here. With a team tally of 90 and a whopping 41 of those belonging to Kohli, India’s capacity for mammoth innings will certainly be of concern to their opposition. Rohit (22), Shikhar Dhawan (16), and Dhoni (10), also have multiple tons under their belts, but over-reliance on these veterans could be a pitfall.

Although New Zealand, South Africa, and India top England with their tally of centuries, it is the host nation that boasts the most centurions. Seven England players have reached three figures in ODIs, compared to five each for India, South Africa, and New Zealand, which is an indication of their strong batting depth.
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are both lacking in the century department, with 12 apiece; West Indies’ Chris Gayle alone has more three-figure scorers (25) in ODIs than the two nations combined. That being said, Afghanistan only played their first ODI in 2009.

Most wickets

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

Taking wickets on hard, high-scoring tracks can be difficult, but English conditions might just give hope to those who are more skilled at getting the ball to nip around, and we have seen many a swing bowler achieve great successes on English shores.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka’s squads sit atop the leaderboards for ODI wickets, with 829 and 815 respectively, and the onus will fall on the side’s veteran seamers. Mortaza, with 259 scalps in the format, will lead the line for Bangladesh, whilst Malinga, who has the most ODI wickets among all players in the tournament, with 322 scalps, still carries much of Sri Lanka’s bowling weight on his 35-year-old shoulders.
Aaron Finch’s Australia has the least ODI wickets, with 495. Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has 145 of those, while fellow fast bowlers Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are all relatively inexperienced at the top level. Nathan Lyon is no stranger to the international arena, but exciting young leg-spinner Adam Zampa might be primed to undertake the Aussies’ main spinning role.

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Wasim Akram said Amir Would be my First Choice for CWC

Wasim, the fabulous Pakistan fast bowler, trusts Mohammad Amir could still make a late entry into the national team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Wasim Akram said Amir Would be my First Choice for CWC
Wasim Akram said Amir Would be my First Choice for CWC

Since the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Mohammad Amir has picked up just five ODI wickets at an average of 92.60. And that long run of poor form cost the left-arm pacer his spot in Pakistan’s 15-man team for the CWC, which starts on 30 May.

Despite the decline in form, Amir has found a strong supporter in Akram, the former left-arm quick, who retired with 916 international wickets. Akram even said that Amir would have been his first pick, thanks to his tendency to do well in England and Wales.

“We cannot markdown Amir from the CWC,” Akram told AFP. “Amir would be my first choice for the CWC considering English conditions where he does well.”

In eight ODIs in England, Amir has picked up nine wickets, and although his average of 38.33 isn’t anything to write home about, his economy rate of under-five suggests that he’s been difficult to get away.

Waseem Akram did admit that Amir has not been at his best but backed the bowler to come good sooner rather than later.

“I am confident that he will do well once his rhythm is back… he is a good learner so I hope things will come good for him sooner than later because Pakistan needs him.”

Amir will have a chance to make a final claim during the limited-overs series against England, where Pakistan faces the hosts in five ODIs and also a Twenty20 International. The series will begin with a T20I in Cardiff on Sunday, 5 May.

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Gulbadin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019

Gulbadin Naib, the new Afghanistan one-day international captain, is upbeat about his team’s chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Dulbdin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019
Gulbadin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019

Afghanistan is set to feature in only their second ever Cricket World Cup, sealing their place through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe last year, which they won. They trained for the main event at a camp in South Africa and have high expectations of causing a few upsets in the tournament.

However, they got a jolt when the selectors decided to go with split captaincy and named a new leadership team. Naib took over from Asghar Afghan, even as senior members of the squad went public with their concerns of how the last-minute change could affect the team’s spirits.

Naib, though, dismissed these concerns. The change, he said, was “no big deal” and hailed the experience of his team-mates.

“When I look at my team, we prepared very well the last couple of months,” he told AFP in Kabul on Monday, 29 April, ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup. “The guys have a [high] morale; everyone is very excited to be participating in the World Cup.”

Naib was particularly pleased with the camp in South Africa, expecting the bouncy wickets they played on to be similar to what they might get in England and Wales.

The team is placed No.10 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings chart, but he wasn’t ruling out their chance to surprise a few teams. In the Asia Cup, they beat Sri Lanka, took Pakistan close and forced a tie against India. Asked if he thought his team could go all the way.

Naib said: “I hope so. It is cricket … anything can happen.”

Afghanistan opens its World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on 1 June.

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Fakhar Zaman Pleased by Pakistan’s CWC19 Preparation

Pakistan became the first team to travel to the United Kingdom, over a month before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. They will take on England in a limited-overs series before the premier tournament.

Fakhar Zaman Pleased by Pakistan’s CWC19 Preparation
Fakhar Zaman Pleased by Pakistan’s CWC19 Preparation

Before the five ODI and one-off Twenty20 International, they are playing three tour games against county sides, making them among the teams best placed to get used to the conditions before the CWC.

They have put in good all-round performances in the two games so far, beating Kent by 100 runs and Northamptonshire by eight wickets. Their batting has been an especially good touch, with Imad Wasim striking a century in the first game and Fakhar Zaman in the next. Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail also have half-centuries.

We adapted well, said Zaman on Monday, 29 April, after his knock. “It’s a good thing that our batsmen are all among the runs. Irrespective of the opposition, when you make runs, it’s good for the mindset.”

Zaman’s 101 in the second game came off 81 balls. It helped his side overhaul the total of 273/6 in 41.2 overs. The batsman, who had been rested for the series against Australia earlier this year, was glad to have some runs and match-time under his belt. “Wherever you make runs, you get confidence,” he said.

Since 2016, Pakistan has fairly good memories of touring England. They have drawn the two-Test series and won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Zaman put their recent success and confidence down to good planning.

“Making runs, especially in these cold conditions, we’re getting good practice,” he said. “We come early and get these practice matches to adapt to conditions.”

Pakistan will play its third practice match on Wednesday against Leicestershire, before the one-off T20I against England on 5 May.

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