Glenn McGrath trusts the Indian Premier League 2019, which is going to start on Saturday, 23 March, will work as good groundwork for players to adjust to “shorter versions of the cricket” ahead of CWC 2019. Fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
McGrath, in India on a stay to the MRF Pace Foundation, where he is manager, said that playing the IPL at this time would help as groundwork for the CWC, despite circumstances in India being massively different to that in England, where the quadrennial event becomes underway on 30 May.
“It is (IPL) a good groundwork, in the sense that it will get your mindset into the shorter versions of the game,” he said. “Indian circumstances compared to England conditions will be different but just the mindset — feeling bat on the ball and taking wickets — it will increase the players’ confidence ahead of the Cricket World Cup.”
He does rate India as favorites for the Cricket World Cup 2019, along with England. Though, both teams have had their dilemmas recently – India lost 3-2 at home to Aussies, while England did not completely persuade in the Caribbean, the series being strained 2-2.
McGrath said that was resistant enough that the Cricket World Cup2019 would be tighter and more modest than originally thought.
“I thought the top-two Cricket nation at the Cricket World Cup were India and England,” he said.
“England has had a tough time in West Indies and India coming up with a few losses against Aussies the rivalry is going to be a bit tighter.
“Australia’s sureness will go up and their chances of going the distance will be a bit more now than what it was at the start of the series. We will have to understand how they do well against Pakistan in the UAE.”
In fact, Aussies’s win over India, McGrath said, had changed insights about them. He said they would go far in the contest, especially with Steve Smith and David Warner set to reappearance after their bans, though he recognized that they might have to contest for their spots.
“The current series win has done a world of good for the Aussies team,” he said.
“They were a little level in the series against India Down Under. But the win in India will give them a huge amount of sureness.
“The returns of Smith and Warner will be a good headache to have somewhat than try to make the numbers up,” he said.
“Someone like Usman Khawaja, who bats in the opener or in No. 3 it will be stimulating to see which way they go.
“Warner likely to take the opener’s spot, I see Usman going in at No.3 and Smith in at No.4. It was great to see Khawaja in good form and score runs in the Indian conditions.”
Australia will initiate their Cricket World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1 June 2019 at the Bristol County Ground.
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