PCB keen to host Australia ahead of Cricket World Cup 2019

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying their level best to impact Australia to play two matches in Pakistan ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Australia are listed to play a five-match ODI series in contradiction of Pakistan in the UAE next year March before the Cricket World Cup. The Australians have stated interest to push the series as close to the World Cup as probable. The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is in dialogs to persuade Australia to play two of the five matches in Pakistan.

“Once anyone comes to Pakistan and views the situation by himself, it will not be hard to convince him that international cricket can return to Pakistan properly. But it is not easy trying to change the perception of people who have not been to Pakistan in recent times,” he said.

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Since then no touring side has visited a full series counting Tests in Pakistan and between September 2017 to April 2018, PCB was able to influence teams to come and play short T20I sequence together with an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and West Indies, which pass on without any glitches.
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Wales thrash Tonga in Autumn Internationals 2018

Wales convincingly defeated Tonga 74-24 in the 2018 Autumn Internationals match at Millennium Stadium (Principality Stadium) in Dublin. The competition between Welsh team and Tongans resulted in record win for home side. Wales beaten Ikali Tahi earning their biggest victory in terms of points difference since Namibia match in RWC 2015. Welsh side has now all three matches of the End Of Year Rugby Union Tests played so far. A win against South Africa in next round will result in clean sweep for Wales. Dan Biggar was main contributor for Welsh team and earned man of the match award for his performance. Wales have won their last eight matches. Tonga have lost in all nine matches played against Welsh team to date. This game offered preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019 for national rugby union teams of both Wales and Tonga.

Wales Vs Tonga Rugby - Autumn Internationals 2018
Wales Vs Tonga – Rugby Union – Autumn Internationals 2018

Wales attacked right from the match start with a 2′ penalty try. Dan Biggar hit a 5′ try, that he converted himself on 6′. Sonatane Takulua of Tonga opened account of his team with a 8′ penalty. Liam Williams smashed a 10′ try for Welsh team that Biggar converted on 11′. Dan Biggar upped the ante for Wales with 21′ penalty. Tongan player Leva Fifita responded with a penalty on 31′, that Takulua converted on 32′. Steve Mafi hit a 38′ penalty that Takulua converted on 39’. Wales were in front with 24-17 on half time and had controlled the first half in terms of possession and territory. Tonga had reduced the Welsh lead despite committing several errors and being one player short due to sin bin.

Tonga erased the Welsh lead quickly in the second half by a Sione Vailanu try on 42′, that Sonatane Takulua converted on 43′. Scorecard read 24-24 and Tonga hoped for maiden win over Wales for a brief time. But then Welsh side went on a rampage scoring 50 points in the second half. Steffan Evans kicked a 45′ penalty that Biggar converted on 46′. Dan Biggar hit a penalty on 55′. Tomos Williams smashed a try on 57′ that Biggar converted on 59′. Tyler Morgan joined the party with a 62′ try. Cory Hill and Aled Davies hit tries on 64′ and 69’; which Rhys Patchell successfully converted. Patchell kicked own try on 71′ that he also converted. Liam Williams hit his second and overall tenth try of Welsh side on 77′ with Patchell converting. Wales finished match with 74-24 score against Tonga, thus winning handsomely by 50 points. This victory boosted their confidence as Wales get plentiful preparation for RWC 2019 in Japan. World Rugby tier 2 team Tonga will have to improve the Tongan preparations for RWC 2019 by tweaking strategy and establishing team combinations.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “We started off exceptionally well and then we had 20 minutes where we put ourselves in a bit of a hole. We dug ourselves out of it in the second half with some outstanding rugby. That group of players would have learned a lot from that experience. There were a couple of things we needed to tidy up at half time and we did that. We spoke at half-time that in previous games in the autumn we’ve started well against teams and allowed them to score points. That group of players did a fantastic job. We knew in Test match rugby sometimes it just does not happen. It can take 50 or 60 minutes to wear a side down and we were able to capitalise on that.”

Tonga head coach Toutai Kefu is confident that Tongan preparations for RWC 2019 are going in right direction. He said: “We’ve got potentially 16 to 18 people missing out of this group of 30. Out of this group of 30 I could see only five or 10 people going to the World Cup. We get our talent back and sufficient time to prepare, and those two things would hugely increase our chances at the World Cup.”

Wales Vs Tonga 74-24
17 November 2018 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Wales: 74
Try: Penalty try (2′), Biggar (5′), L. Williams (10′, 77′), S. Evans (45′), T. Williams (57′), Morgan (62′), Hill (64′), A. Davies (69′), Patchell (71′)
Con: Biggar (6′, 11′, 46′, 59′), Patchell (65′, 70′, 72′, 78′)
Pen: Biggar (21′, 55′)
Tonga: 24
Try: Fifita (31′), Mafi (38′), Vailanu (42′)
Con: Takulua (32′, 39′, 43′)
Pen: Takulua (8′)

South Africa is about to Final their Cricket World Cup 2019 Squad

Cricket South Africa’s Selection Panel Convener, Linda Zondi, says they’re very close to deciding their squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Proteas have gained three of the four ODI series they’ve contested in 2018, including away wins in Sri Lanka and Australia, while having to pact with injuries to a number of key players as well as retirements.

With only ten more ODIs to play formerly they kick off the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in contradiction of England at The Oval, He said there’s not much more to choose in terms of their World Cup squad.

“We had a lot of questions that we answered in the Australian series,” said Zondi. “It’s a pity we had a couple of players who were injured with JP Duminy being the example. He played well in Sri Lanka and we would have loved to see him in the Australia series.

“We more or less know about the structure of our side‚ we just now need to finalise in the next two series and see if the guys are going to grab their opportunities.

“The guys must put up their hands and say this is my spot‚ I want to cement my spot and move on. I think we’re more than 85% in terms of where we want to be in regards as a team and combinations.”

Zondi also talked and confirmed skilled pair Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock will be the Proteas’ opening duo at Cricket World Cup 2019.

Ireland stun New Zealand in Autumn Internationals 2018

Ireland have beaten New Zealand 16-9 in the 2018 Autumn Internationals match at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The contest between World champions and The Rugby Championship winner All Blacks and Irish team was closely fought. Number 2 ranked side Ireland won against World number 1 team New Zealand, earning first ever home victory in 113 years. Previous 16 home games in Dublin had resulted in All Blacks wins and a single draw. Jonathan Sexton was main contributor for Ireland with Jacob Stockdale also hitting a try. Beauden Barrett tried his best to revive All Blacks but he was the lone fighter. This game also served as preparation of Rugby World Cup 2019 for national rugby union teams of both Ireland and New Zealand.

Ireland Vs New Zealand Rugby - Autumn Internationals 2018
Ireland Vs New Zealand – Rugby Union – Autumn Internationals 2018

Jonathan Sexton of Ireland made first scoring of the match with a 11′ penalty. Beauden Barrett of New Zealand equalized the score with a 17′ penalty of his own. Jonathan Sexton put Irish side in front with 27′ penalty. Jonathan Sexton responded with a drop goal on 29′. Jonathan Sexton completed hat-trick of penalties on 39′. Ireland were leading with 9-6 on half time and also battered All Blacks in terms of possession and territory.

Ireland tightened screws in the second half on New Zealand. Jacob Stockdale hit a try on 48′ and Jonathan Sexton converted it on 50′. Irish side were way ahead of All Blacks with 16 points. Beauden Barrett smashed his second penalty on 69’ to take his team’s tally to 9 points. New Zealand could not score any more in last 10 minutes. Ireland finished as winners with 16-9 against the world champions All Blacks. This win will boost their confidence as Ireland get perfect preparation for RWC 2019 by beating last two times world champions New Zealand. Steve Hansen, the All Blacks coach will have to boost New Zealand preparations for RWC 2019 in Japan by tweaking strategy, controlling indiscipline and trying new team combinations.

Ireland captain Rory Best said: “To stop New Zealand scoring a try shows what a fantastic effort it was. The boys are very tired in there but it’s amazing what a win like that can do to give you a little bit more energy. It’s a big result for us no matter what the context is. Yet again, we’ve raised the standard of what we expect. The problem is Joe and the team and going to expect that and more [from now on].”

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “I am so proud. I thought it was a fantastic Test. It was billed as 1 v 2 and was definitely a heavyweight contest. Andy Farrell is delighted because it’s so seldom the All Blacks don’t score a try. We were at home, and they were on a back of a long series of games around the world. The crowd were phenomenal tonight. There were a lot of things that went in our favour. It was an incredibly collective and hard-earned win and I’m really proud of it.”

Ireland Vs New Zealand 16-9
17 November 2018 – Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland: 16
Try: Jacob Stockdale (48′)
Con: Jonathan Sexton (50′)
Pen: Jonathan Sexton (11′, 27′, 39′)
New Zealand: 9
Pen: Beauden Barrett (17′, 69′)
Drop: Beauden Barrett (29′)

Novak Djokovic advises ‘strong candidate’ for England cricket team in Cricket World Cup

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!”

England beat spirited Japan in Autumn Internationals 2018

England defeated Japan 35-15 in the 2018 Autumn Internationals match at Twickenham Stadium in London. Danny Care, George Ford, Elliot Daly, Mark Wilson, Joe Cokanasiga and Dylan Hartley scored for English side. Japanese team scored with Ryoto Nakamura, Michael Leitch and Yu Tamura. This game was part of preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019 for national rugby union teams of both England and Japan.

England Vs Japan Rugby - Autumn Internationals 2018
England Vs Japan – Rugby Union – Autumn Internationals 2018

England scored first in the match with Danny Care smashing a try in 4’ that Red Roses captain George Ford converted in 5’. Japan answered with Yu Tamura kicking a penalty in 17’. Ryoto Nakamura hit a try on 22′ that Tamura converted. Elliot Daly of Red Roses responded with a 28’ penalty. Brave Blossom’s skipper Michael Leitch kicked a try in 31’. Scoreline on break time was 15-10 with Japan leading. It was a remarkable performance by Brave Blossoms, and hinted they may be on mission of another giant slaying.

England had to field co-captain Owen Farrell in the second half to take back the control. George Ford started English attack after break with 56’ penalty. Mark Wilson upped the ante with 59’ try that George Ford converted in 60’. George Ford scored second penalty of his own in 65’. Joe Cokanasiga hit a 71′ penalty that George Ford converted in 72’. England regular captain Dylan Hartley scored a try in 76’ to make team total 35. Japan could not score in the second half unfortunately. England have won two matches in Autumn Internationals 2018 so far. This match served well in English preparation for RWC 2019. Japan will pride in taking Red Roses to the limit in first half. Being the host of 2019 Webb Ellis Cup means that Japanese preparation for RWC 2019 should also be on song.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “We wanted Japan to be at their best so we’re so pleased with that game; it’s the sort of game we needed. They had a few things go their way and got back into the game and it became an arm wrestle for a while. We had a team with 11 changes and there wasn’t a lot of cohesion, but Owen Farrell made a difference for our team because he’s an influential player.”

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph said: “We gave sloppy penalties away and allowed England back in which was a little bit disappointing, but I’m proud of the players all the same. Comments in the media helped our motivation. Eddie Jones’ comments fired me up a bit but at the end of the day we still prepare how we prepare. Our mentality is slowly changing, we’re starting to believe that we can take these bigger teams on and that’s going to help us next year.”

England Vs Japan 35-15
17 November 2018 – Twickenham Stadium, London
England: 35
Try: Care (4), Wilson (59), Cokanasiga (71), Hartley (76)
Con: Ford (5,60,72)
Pen: Daly (28), Ford (56,65)
Japan: 15
Try: Nakamura (22), Leitch (31)
Con: Tamura (23)
Pen: Tamura (17)

Nathan Lyon ‘definitely’ desires to participate 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.

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There are now high chances for his participation in upcoming mega event.
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ECB and ICC cheer local clubs to apply to be a Cricket World Cup Club

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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Is India’s Cricket World Cup Squad Confirmed? Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri Revealed it

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 defeat Australia 9-6 in Autumn Internationals 2018

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 Vs Australia Rugby - Autumn Internationals 2018
Wales Vs Australia Rugby – Autumn Internationals 2018

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′)