New Zealand Rugby and Cricket stars to Play in Black Clash Twenty20

Rugby and Cricket players of New Zealand will compete in “Black Clash” Twenty20 match on 25th January 2018 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Winners will be awarded with Lomu-Crowe trophy. This cricket trophy is named after late sports legends Martin Crowe and Jonah Lomu. Proceeds from the match will be used for charity.

Jonah Lomu was New Zealand rugby star, who was famous around the world. He had debuted in 1995 at the age of 19, becoming the youngest ever All Black. He ended his international career with 63 caps and 37 tries in 2002. He died in November 2015 at the age of 40 after a heart attack. Martin Crowe was a former New Zealand Cricket captain and one of the finest Kiwi batsman. Crowe was skipper of famed BlackCaps cricket team that was tipped for success in 1992 Cricket World Cup before being eliminated by Pakistan in Semi Final. Martin Crowe died aged 53 in March 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

New Zealand Rugby and Cricket players to Contest in Black Clash Twenty20
New Zealand Rugby and Cricket players to Contest in Black Clash Twenty20

Team Rugby will feature main All Blacks rugby players like Kieran Read, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Israel Dagg, Jordie Barrett, Ofisa Tunu’u, Jason Spice, Richie McCaw, Ali Williams, Kaylum Boshier and Kendra Cocksedge. Team Rugby have selected former Australia cricketer David Hussey as international wildcard. Team Rugby will wear the red and black colours of Canterbury. New Zealand rugby team are currently preparing for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. This contest offers a different kind of preparation for All Blacks as it is uphill task to take on seasoned cricket superstars.

All Blacks outside back Israel Dagg said: “It’s huge. Look at the trophy, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful. It symbolises New Zealand and, obviously, you’ve got two great, world renowned athletes in Lomu and Crowe. Those names will live on forever.”

Dagg who had tryst with cricket in 2005 echoed: “I’ll try and get it down as fast as I can. Obviously, with rugby you do a lot more upper body weights. I’ll try and do 130, something like that. I live pretty close to [All Blacks captain Kieran] Reado, so I might knock on his door and go and have a net.”

Team Cricket will include Brendon McCullum, Stephen Fleming, Luke Ronchi, Grant Elliott, Kyle Mills, James Franklin, Hamish Marshall, Nathan Astle, Chris Harris and Liz Perry. Team Cricket will announce the international wildcard next week. Team Cricket will don the blue kit in the competition. Team Cricket comprise of retired cricket players, but proceed from this match will benefit New Zealand Cricket. Experts have termed BlackCaps as favourits for Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

New Zealand’s hero in the 2015 World Cup semifinal and final Grant Elliott stated: “Absolutely. Everything to lose, nothing to gain but our pride. I think pride is the important thing. I’ve always seen games like this start off with a bit of a smile on the face, but then there’s always a pivotal moment and suddenly that completive spirit takes over.”

Team Rugby: Kieran Read (c), Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg, Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Jason Spice, Ali Williams, Kendra Cocksedge, Kaylum Boshier, Ofisa Tunu’u, David Hussey (wildcard). Coach: Sir Graham Henry.

Team Cricket: Stephen Fleming (player coach), Brendon McCullum (c), Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Kyle Mills, Chris Harris, Nathan Astle, James Franklin, Hamish Marshall, Liz Perry, Wildcard (TBA). Manager/motivator: Scott Robertson.

England, India & New Zealand are World Cup Favourites – Rob Key

England, India and New Zealand are the expected to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, according to prior England batsman Rob Key. The sides are ranked 1, 2 and 3 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings correspondingly, and Key sees them as the three sides to beat this summer. While India have lifted the World Cup on two times, England and New Zealand are still racing for a first World Cup title, finishing runners-up on four times combined, three for England and one for New Zealand. England have been considered by many as favourites as they head into a home World Cup, but it’s the acts of 2015 runners-up, New Zealand, that has got Key’s devotion.

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“You will never go into a World Cup where someone isn’t tipping up New Zealand as an outside chance. This time they will be behind England and India in the betting but not far behind,” Key told Sky Sports.

In spite of the loss of veterans Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori to retirement, New Zealand have engaged the key members of the side that led them to their first Men’s World Cup Final four years ago. Key trusts their star-studded line-up can mix it with the best at CWC19.

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“We always say that they punch above their weight, yet we always tip them to do well and they have some top players – Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

“They are an excellent side in their own right. If they have a day out, they can beat England, India, anyone.

“They have been a strong outfit for a long time in one-day cricket and are a side you are always wary of, no matter how good your form may be.”

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Expect Roughly the Same Squad for World Cup 2019 – Rohit Sharma

Indian cricket team’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma, on Thursday (January 10), stated that India’s squad for the Cricket World Cup 2019 has pretty much been marked in, and will more or less have a comparable look to the one that’s in action for the Australia ODIs. Though, he did point that the usual warnings of form and fitness will be taken into thought, and that “nobody is guaranteed that flight to England as yet”.

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“I think the 13 ODIs we’re going to be playing leading up to the World Cup, you’re going to see more or less the same squad playing in the World Cup,” Rohit told reporters in Sydney. “Probably one or two changes, keeping in mind the form and injury concerns over the next few months. We’ve played a lot of cricket throughout the year, so injuries are bound to happen. Don’t think there’ll be any drastic change. Looking at the slots – they’re pretty much taken by individuals. Everything will depend on the form of each player, nobody is guaranteed that flight to England.

“It’s slightly early to be talking about the playing XI. But there aren’t going to be any drastic changes We still have 13 games, 4-5 months to go and two months of IPL. Lot of cricket to be played. So, it’s hard to name the 11 or 12 that’ll be playing the World Cup.”

On the way to World Cup 2019, India will contest a total of 13 ODIs, beginning with the three in contradiction of Australia, starting Saturday (January 12) in Sydney.
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Beauden Barrett: New Zealand coach Steve Hansen tough to replace

All Blacks player Beauden Barrett has praised outgoing Steve Hansen, as his team prepares for last season with him as head coach. Hansen will step down as New Zealand coach after Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Beauden stated this during an interview with Stuff.co.nz on January 7, 2019.

Beauden Barrett says New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will be tough to replace
Beauden Barrett says New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will be tough to replace

Beauden Barrett said: “He’ll be a huge loss – but it leaves an opportunity for someone else to step up. He’s done a lot for me and my game and I have to thank him for that. I could only wish him the best. He’s had a fantastic career and obviously the job’s not done yet – We all want to win the World Cup, retain the Bledisloe [Cup] and all the rest of it.”

All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett has reckoned that it will be difficult to best Steve Hansen, as he has set top standards. In his opinion future coaches will have to carry on the legacy. It will definitely be hard for them to fill his shoes.

Beauden Barrett described: “His ability to understand the player and get the best out of the player [is vital]. He knows how every individual in the team ticks, he treats everyone as an individual and I think the way he’s developed that, from when I first made the team to now – it’s obviously been a work-on and that’s why he’s the best coach in my opinion.”

Beauden Barrett who is now 27 years of age, had started his New Zealand career under Steve Hansen in 2012. He went on to become important All Blacks team member under guidance of Hansen. He credited his coach for helping in establishing a prime Rugby Union career for him.

Beauden Barrett continued: “It’s reassuring to know that your head coach goes out to bat for you when perhaps things haven’t gone our way – he has our best interests at heart and he backs us 100 percent.”

Beauden Barrett is on extended break to get more rest like other main All Blacks players, to be ready for 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan. He disclosed that it is the first time he has trained this much in any off season. Beauden has remained active after New Zealand finished northern hemisphere tour with Autumn Internationals 2018 tournament in November. Beauden Barrett has set his eyes on Rugby World Cup as his focus is on enabling All Blacks in their title defense.

Beauden Barrett echoed: “This is probably the most I’ve ever trained over an off-season, because I’ve got an extended break. I’m trying to keep my fitness up and that way you enjoy the break too. You do the work in the morning and then you can have the rest of the day off and really enjoy it.”

‘Getting Ready and Fit for the World Cup’ – Andre Russell

Andre Russell, who was out of the T20I series with India due to injury, says he needs to recover rapidly to be “fit and ready” for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

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“My knees, I did get therapy two months ago and I am feeling a lot better at the moment. I have been busy in the gym, getting ready and fit for the World Cup,” Russell told India Today.

“It is a big tournament, in fact the biggest moment in cricket. I don’t want to sit at home when the World Cup is being played, so just making sure I am fit and ready to go.”

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The all-rounder, who recently grabbed the T10 trophy with Northen Warriors, is an expert in the shorter formats of the game. He trusts that the Indian Premier League, which will be planned before the World Cup next year, will be the perfect training ahead of the multi-nation tournament.

“IPL is going to be a big tournament running up to the World Cup and you can work on your game while in the IPL,” said Russell, who represents the Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament.

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All Black Beauden Barrett thinking about Rugby World Cup 2019 every time

New Zealand player Beauden Barrett has set his focus on the ultimate goal in the off-season, as Rugby World Cup comes close. All Blacks first-five revealed that he thinks about the tournament every day. He told that this is the most he has ever trained in the off-season. He revealed all this in an interview with Stuff.co.nz on 7th January 2019.

New Zealand player Beauden Barrett thinking about Rugby World Cup 2019 every day
New Zealand player Beauden Barrett thinking about Rugby World Cup 2019 every day

Beauden Barrett said: “Every time you train, you train for a reason, for a purpose and ultimately that’s a big goal of mine at the end of the season. It’s something that we’re all working towards, so I think about it every day. It’s usually around the training time, which is done in the morning, then I relax for the rest of the day and switch off completely, usually on a golf course.

New Zealand were given a reality check during Autumn Internationals 2018. Ireland defeated them 16-9 in Dublin to highlight that Northern Hemisphere teams are closer to All Blacks. It also started debate in sports circles that Rugby World Cup 2019 will be open for all Rugby Union teams. Apart from Irish team, England and South Africa have also given tough time to New Zealand in recent times.

Beauden Barrett stated: “Obviously there were a couple of results we weren’t too pleased about, but at least it gave us a good idea of where we need to be, come World Cup time.”

Beauden Barrett who started All Blacks career in 2012, is now 27-year old. Beauden is on extended break to give more rest to top New Zealand players to make them ready for Webb Ellis Cup campaign. But this has not restrained him from training in the off-time. He claimed that he has trained more than any off-season this time around. He mentioned that he has kept himself active after the All Blacks finished their northern hemisphere tour in November 2018.

Beauden Barrett echoed: “This is probably the most I’ve ever trained over an off-season, because I’ve got an extended break. I’m trying to keep my fitness up and that way you enjoy the break too. You do the work in the morning and then you can have the rest of the day off and really enjoy it.”

Cricket World Cup 2019 Volunteer Programme Receives Best Ever Interest

The World Cup Cricketeer programme got record number of volunteer applicants for a cricket event, with over 6,000 interviewed for selection. The ICC Cricket World Cup reaches in England and Wales next summer but planning for the world’s greatest cricket party is well underway, including the drive to recruit over 4,000 volunteers to join the World Cup Cricketeers.

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The World Cup Cricketeer programme acknowledged a record number of volunteer applicants for a cricket event, with over 6,000 interrogated for selection. The World Cup Cricketeers will play a key role in delivering the six-week tournament next summer, supporting across a range of responsibilities, including Spectator Services, Broadcast & Media, Transport, Rights Protection, Hospitality and Accreditation. The applications to be one of the Cricket World Cup 2019 Cricketeers went live on the Rosterfy platform in May 2018 for volunteers crossways all 11 host venues and cities.

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Training for the World Cup Cricketeers will start in early 2019, and the Cricket World Cup will be working thoroughly with all host venues to help deliver a long-lasting legacy for volunteering within cricket after the World Cup has over.

Head of the Volunteer Programme, Mary Cahill, said: “We have been speechless with the number of applications for the volunteer programme and are extremely thankful to all the members of the public who took the time to register attentions for the Cricket World Cup Cricketeers.

Detailed Analysis of India’s Team for Cricket World Cup 2019

The Indian cricket team is setting the Australian pitches on fire with a striking already display. They have already reserved the Border-Gavaskar trophy by taking a 2-1 lead and are very well on their way to becoming one of the few Asian sides to win a test series against Australia, in Australia. Last year they took Asia, winning the 2018 Asian Cup with aplomb.

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It may seem amazing that only three players can really walk into the Indian ODI side for the cricket world cup deprived of question as of today: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rohit Sharma.
Kohli can debatably be considered as the best batsman in modern cricket and thus becomes an automatic choice.

Bumrah has, of late, demonstrated to be an asset for his team and a deadly weapon, especially in the death overs. He has proved to be equally actual in foreign conditions with his excellent performance in England and Australia. Bumrah even scalped 9 wickets against the Aussies to help India take a 2-1 lead in the third test. He thus becomes a no-brainer in the choice.

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Rohit Sharma is the third Indian player that has virtually complete his place in the starting XI. He can single-handedly take games away from the hostility with the bat alone. Once he settles down in the innings, expect no less than big hundreds to flow from his bat.
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Anamul Haque dreaming to appear in CWC 2019

Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque says it is his ‘dream’ to play at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Haque made three entrances for Bangladesh at the 2015 World Cup, making scores of 29 against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka respectively, before an injury which cut short his tournament.

Though, he found himself out of Bangladesh’s one-day international side for nearly three years after the tournament, before returning in March 2018.

Further chance came against the Windies in July, but he couldn’t make them count, amassing 33 runs in his three innings.

In spite of being left out of the team since that series, he is still doing all he can to book his spot in Bangladesh’s 2019 World Cup squad.

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“I definitely want to play the World Cup,” Haque told cricfrenzy.com.

“In my breath, in my every endeavour, in my net session, gym session, I think to play the 2019 World Cup. To materialize the hope, I will do every possible thing.”

“I made a comeback with the series against West Indies but I couldn’t do well,” he added.

“I was dropped from the team but since then every match is a preparation for me for the World Cup, be it NCL [or] BCL, and so every match of the BPL or if I play any one-day match after the BPL will be like a preparation match for me for the World Cup.

“I will make myself ready always. That’s why every match is important for me.”

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Faf du Plessis admits 2019 World Cup juggling act

Test cricket, as most international cricketers will tell you, is the highpoint of the sport and for that reason it is a huge occasion every time South Africa wears white.
2019, however, is different. It might mean more to the Proteas than the other top teams given their history of failure at the tournament, but this is a World Cup year and that will be the import between now and South Africa’s opener at The Oval in contradiction of hosts England on May 30.

Proteas have tried, and failed, on seven detached events to win the World Cup and the nightmares of 1999 and 2015, in precise, still haunt fans of the game in these parts. All roads this year are towards Lord’s final on July 19, so a home Test series against a struggling Pakistan might not appear the most significant task for the Proteas at the moment.

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“It’s certainly something that is always in the back of my head,” skipper Faf du Plessis said of the World Cup while in Cape Town on the eve of the second Test.

“You’re continuously thinking about decisions that will impact it.”

Du Plessis had confirmed previously in his press conference that Duanne Olivier, the hero of the first Test at Centurion, would play at Newlands.With Vernon Philander back, it means that one of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj or Theunis de Bruyn will be out of the XI.

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