Novak Djokovic inclined for a fellow of his team, Imran Bashir, who gained the ‘best batsman of the year’ title for his local cricket team.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who beaten Kevin Anderson in the ATP semi-final clatter on Saturday, took to Twitter to suggest a “strong candidate” for the England cricket team. The 32-year-old joint a picture with his chauffeur, Imran Bashir, who got a trophy in his hand and defined him as a “famed batsman” for his local cricket team. He Tweeted:
“Imran Bashir (my chauffeur for the #NittoATPFinals) has been part of #TeamDjokovic for 10 years! He is also a famous batsman for his local #cricket team. He received this trophy for best batsman of the year and we need to get it out there.’’
He added and asked England coach Trevor Bayliss to have an eye on Bashir for future choice.
“#TrevorBayliss @englandcricket, you should keep your eye on Imran. I think he is a strong candidate for your team.’’
The hysterical tweet by the tennis star instantly driven cricket’s global leading body, ICC, to offer him for a net session at the Cricket World Cup 2019. In a response to Djokovic’s tweet, the ICC penned:
“We know you try to avoid nets as a tennis player, but if you feel like mixing up your Wimbledon preparation next year, come down and have a net session at the Cricket World Cup!”
Though long recognized as Australia’s leading Test spinner, Nathan Lyon is yet to right make his spot in white-ball international cricket.
He lately moved earlier Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee into fourth place in Australia’s all-time Test wicket-takers graphs, although his 318 wickets are also the third-most by an off-spinner in Test history. Still, in spite of his success, Lyon has played just 15 ODIs and two T20Is, set in contrast to 80 Test caps.
With Australia’s ODI prosperity at a low ebb. they have attained just three of their last 21 finished ODIs and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup just about to happen, there have been demands for Lyon to become part of squad in the ODI side, having contested just two competitions in the preceding two years, both entrances coming in contradiction of England in June. When asked if he was acute to play in next year’s international contest, Lyon was clear. He said he definitely wants to play in Cricket World Cup 2019.
There are now high chances for his participation in upcoming mega event.
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The ECB and ICC today broadcast a call to act for all local clubs and cricket associations in England and Wales to apply to turn out to be a Cricket World Cup Club and ‘be part of something bigger’. The enterprise has been planned to help mass clubs further connect with their local societies through family fun-based action and help bring the pleasure of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 into their clubhouse.
As the ICC Cricket World Cup takings to England and Wales for the first time in 20 years, the ICC and ECB have purpose to involve one million kids during the tournament, with clubs given the chance to apply to become a Cricket World Cup Club, put on a family day and rejoice and involve a new spectator through the thrillers of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. As part of the inspiration, clubs are being inquired to run a vacation of child/family-based movement, serving to better attach with the local public and involve a younger age group. This could be whatever, from kids’ coaching sittings, parent/child games, or even a ‘Bring a Friend’ day. The aim of these household days is to get more kids elaborate in the game and to help clubs cabinet themselves to a broader spectator.
Clubs who apply will have access to official advertising substantial to assist with the advancement of their event – which they will be able to use in colleges, on social media and in the resident area.
“Through this initiative, we are encouraging local clubs to become a Cricket World Cup Club and open their doors to their local community, and by putting on the Family days, it will be a great chance to engage with current and new players and fans so they all feel part of one of the biggest global sporting events being staged on their doorstep.’’
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As India getting prepare for the exciting tour to Australia, that contains four Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is, Team’s coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday said the spell for “chopping and changing” in the ODI plan is over and the team administration will work on selection for the top 15 for the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
“See Test cricket obviously is different, this is the last series we play before the World Cup. So, the focus will be entirely on that series,” Shastri told at the pre-departure presser ahead of the tour Down Under.
“Chopping, changing over now, grace period over. Now it is time to really get focussed, play as a unit and hopefully not have any injuries where we have to look elsewhere and take it from there,” he added.
The head coach also notified players to pull up their whacks and take ownership while grabbing those “tough situations” by residual rationally hard in a Test match. Resonating this, skipper Virat Kohli tense for keeping constancy while also advice the team to take more charge.
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Wales beat Australia 9-6 in the 2018 Autumn Internationals match at Millennium Stadium (Principality Stadium) in Cardiff. Welsh team finally ended 13 match losing streak against Wallabies. It is first win for Wales in a decade versus Australia. Stephen Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar scored for Welsh side. Australian team scored with Bernard Foley and Matthew Toomua. This game was important for national rugby teams of both Wales and Australia in their preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019.
Wales scored first in the match with Leigh Halfpenny hitting a penalty in 21’. Australia responded with Bernard Foley smashing a penalty on 33′. Halfpenny missed two penalties in the first half. Scoreline on break time was 3-3 with honours equal. Halfpenny put Wales in front with 67’ penalty in second round. But then Halfpenny had to leave pitch following a high tackle by Samu Kerevi which hit his head. Wallabies player Matthew Toomua equalized the score with 74′ penalty. Dan Biggar sealed the game for Welsh team with 76′ penalty. Wales have been victorious in two matches played in Autumn Internationals 2018 so far. This will serve good in Welsh preparation for RWC 2019. Both teams are scheduled to play in Japan 2019. Australia have lost eight matches of the last ten played recently. Wallabies coach and team will have to bring their End of Year Rugby Union Tests 2018 campaign on track. Australian preparation for RWC 2019 in Japan also needs a fresh start.
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: “It has been a long time coming. Someone reminded me I was the sole survivor from the win in 2008 and that shows how old I am. This is sweeter. Dan is a competitive animal and he probably wouldn’t have wanted it any other way that for it to come down to the wire and then come on and do his job.”
Australia captain Michael Hooper said: “It has been a long-time jinx playing us and you could see how happy they were to get on top. It was a real grudge match. Congratulations to Wales, but it really hurts. We will re-group. We have got two more games to play on this trip and a hell of a lot to play for each week.”
Wales Vs Australia 9-6
10 November 2018 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales: 9 Pen: Halfpenny (21′, 67’), Biggar (76′) Australia: 6 Pen: Foley (33′), Toomua (74′)
Responding to a question about Sarfaraz captaincy, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday said that he will lead Pakistan’s cricket team throughout the World Cup 2019.
Talking to media, the PCB Chairman said: “There is no debate about the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmed and every time it is formed by the media itself. The Chairman further said: “He is captain of Pakistan. He has no constraint and no terms. He is a great choice and this debate around Sarfraz’s captaincy is bent by the press.”
When enquired if Sarfraz will continue as captain till World Cup 2019, the chairman replied, “Yes.”
Ehsan Mani also complete that the final match of the imminent fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 will be held in Karachi. Last year’s last was also played at National Stadium Karachi, where Islamabad United beaten Peshawar Zalmi to win the title for another time.
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England came close to toppling New Zealand in 2018 Autumn Internationals match at London’s Twickenham Stadium. Red Roses ended agonizingly one point short at 15-16 as World champions All Blacks won the game. England attacked from the start and had 15-0 lead early in the match. Chris Ashton, captain Dylan Hartley and co-captain Owen Farrell scored for English side. New Zealand staged a counter-attack with Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett. Scoreline on break time was 15-10 with Red Roses in front. All Blacks have won two matches in Autumn Internationals 2018 so far. This win is a boost for New Zealand national rugby team in their preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019.
England were outstanding early on in the game. They regularly attacked the New Zealand side with opponents offering little challenge. Try by returning Chris Ashton in 2’ signaled that Eddie Jones’ side is up for a battle with All Blacks. Co-captain Owen Farrell hit a drop-goal on 10’ to carry on the good form against Springboks. Red Roses skipper Dylan Hartley kicked a try in 24′ which Owen Farrell successfully converted. New Zealand started attacking England line after going in deficit of 15 points. Damian McKenzie opened scoring for All Blacks with a try in 39’ which Beauden Barrett converted. Barrett shooted a penalty in 40’ to make scoreboard read 15-10 thus reducing English lead to just 5 points. This performance showcased that England preparation of RWC 2019 is on the right track.
Second half saw New Zealand dominate in attack and equally solid defense. Beauden Barrett scored a drop-goal in 46’ to narrow the gap further. Barrett smashed a penalty in 60’ to make All Blacks score 16, hence taking one point lead. English flanker Sam Underhill attempted a try in closing minutes, but match referee Dan Jones (Wales) asked television match official Marius Jonker (South Africa) to have a look. Try was ruled out as Courtney Lawes was judged offside. Farrell made last attempt before close, but it failed. All Blacks won by a point, but England also gave a super performance. This game is good for the New Zealand preparations for RWC 2019. English team with coach Eddie Jones and co-captain Owen Farrell were happy on Red Roses’ fight against world champions All Blacks.
England Vs New Zealand 15-16
10 November 2018 – Twickenham Stadium, London England: 15
Try: Ashton (2′), Hartley (24′)
Con: Farrell (25′)
Drop: Farrell (10’) New Zealand: 16
Try: McKenzie (39′)
Con: B Barrett (39′)
Penalty: B Barrett (40′, 60′)
Drop: B Barrett (46′)
Cricket fanatics having discussions about Australia’s one-day international players craving to play “their roles”, mainly when batting. It’s a fact Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Dean Jones have all strengthened. While it can be measured slightly of a sporting cliché, a look at former Australian World-Cup winning sides have to put focus on this point.
When Australia won Cricket World Cup in 2015, David Warner and Aaron Finch could each get things affecting at the upper of the order, Steve Smith summed up the mood at No.3, Michael Clarke was the nudger, while Shane Watson and James Faulkner seen later in action.
Those who remember the ’99 World Cup contests, when the Australians lost two of their first three matches but recovered their rhythm, know that things can rapidly change even during a key tournaments. But that side included all-time greats of the game who could win contests on repute. This latest embodiment does not claim such talent. Finding these types is the task until Langer and his team this summer lead this upcoming contest of Cricket World Cup 2019.
Wales beaten Scotland 21-10 in the 2018 Autumn Internationals match at Principality Stadium (Millennium Stadium) in Cardiff, Wales. Stephen Leigh Halfpenny spearheaded much of the Welsh attack on Scottish side. Adam Hastings played a significant part in Scotland resistance. It is 10th victory in a row for Wales against regular opponents Scotland. Wales have won their opening match of End of Year Rugby Tests for the first time since defeating Romania 40-3 in Autumn Internationals 2002. This victory is perfect start for Wales national Rugby Union team preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019.
Wales full back Leigh Halfpenny scored 1st three penalties in first half. His hat-trick of penalties happened in 4′, 14′, 22′ respectively. Scottish fly half Adam Hastings scored a 25’ penalty. Welsh winger George North made a 29’ m try. Scotland captain Stuart McInally converted a driving line-out to grab a 34’ c try. Adam Hastings converted this to 36’ penalty. Wales were leading on 14-10 at the break time.
Welsh centre Jonathan Davies recorded a 47’ c try. Halfpenny was able to convert it on 48’ m. Scotland attacked continuously but Wales defence stopped their efforts. Scottish side could not score in the second half. Wales won the game 21-10 against Scotland. It was first opening win for Wales at the Millennium Stadium since defeating Samoa 50–6 in 2000. Wales national rugby team will look to carry this momentum in Welsh preparation for RWC in Japan.
Scotland team were heartbroken on the loss as it is setback to Scottish preparations for RWC 2019. Head Coach Gregor Townsend, said: “I think we didn’t start with the energy and the accuracy that is required in a game like this against a very good opponent. That was a game that we had enough pressure, territory and opportunities to win.”
Wales Vs Scotland 21-10
3 November 2018 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Wales: 21 Try: North 29’ m, Davies 47′ c Con: Halfpenny (1/2) 48′ Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 4′, 14′, 22′ Scotland: 10 Try: McInally 34′ c Con: Hastings (1/1) 36′ Pen: Hastings (1/1) 25′
ICC Cricket World Cup is worldwide championship of Cricket in the One Day International (ODI) format which is held after every four years. Cricket World Cup is organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is one of the most viewed and enjoyed sports tournaments in the world. This most admired world cup of Cricket is estimated by ICC as the flagship rivalry of the international cricket calendar. Australia are the most efficient team at Cricket World Cup with five world cup titles. West Indies and India have attained the title twice. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been successful once each. 2019 Cricket World Cup is the 12th Cricket World Cup. England and Wales are hosting ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 from 30th May to 14th July 2019. Ten teams including Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Afghanistan are contributing in ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019.
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