Seifert goals to use CWC snub as a motivational tool

Tim Seifert, the wicketkeeper, narrowly missed out on a place in the New Zealand squad for the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, with the uncapped Tom Blundell getting the nod instead.

Seifert goals to use CWC snub as motivational tool
Seifert goals to use CWC snub as a motivational tool

The spirited batsman said that he was “gutted” at existence left out, but at the same time renowned he would use the rebuff as a tool of incentive to establish a place for himself in the 50-over format. His wicket-keeping counterpart, Blundell, is enhanced known for his exploits in the extended format. The fact can be shown by the fact that he averages 37.74 in first-class cricket likened to 23.84 in List A cricket. He also split a hundred on his Test against the West Indies in 2017.

On the other side, Seifert gave a sight of his showpieces with a blazing 43-ball 84 against India in the first T20I in Wellington. On his part, Gary Stead, the NZ coach, designated that Blundell’s ‘keeping skills helped him to win a place in the set-up.

“At the end of the day I did not make the CWC so you are always going to be cleaned,” he told Stuff on Monday, April 8. “Tom Blundell is one of my best mates and even though we are fighting for the same position, if there’s talk around the wicketkeeper there’s always probably going to be me and him involved. Getting permission for those SL ODI games, in the back of the mind I thought I had a little step ahead of him.

“Everyone has got a bit to work on. Even skipper Kane Williamson is still working on his batting. It’s not like a ruin. I for myself don’t think I am far away from Tom Blundell with my keeping work. I have certainly used this selection as fire in the belly and will work hard so I can be up to that level. It’s stripping, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. There’s still a lot of further cricket to come,” he noted.

Siefert also wounded the little finger on his right hand on the last day of the domestic season cricket while playing for Northern Districts. The injury has all but lined him out of action for the future unofficial one-day matches versus a full-strength Australian XI in Brisbane.

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Champions League: Ronaldo’s goal leads Juventus into quarter-finals

Amsterdam: Cristiano Ronaldo was again hailed by Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri after scoring with the only goal of his team to win a 1-1 draw against Ajax in the first leg of their quarter-final. Final of the Champions League in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Champions League: Ronaldo's goal allows Juventus to take the lead in the quarter-finals
Champions League: Ronaldo’s goal allows Juventus to take the lead in the quarter-finals

On his return from a hamstring injury, Ronaldo overcame Johan Cruyff Arena’s 50,000 home crowd when he led Juventus ahead of the match to score 125 points.

However, Brazilian winger David Neres created a superb equalizer almost immediately after half-time to give Ajax a draw at least deserved.

Despite this, it is Juventus – for whom substitute Douglas Costa played late – who holds the advantage for the return to Turin next Tuesday, the winners of this meeting facing Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur in the last four.

“Ronaldo has shown that he is at a different level, his timing and movements are different from those of others, you cannot do anything about it,” said Allegri.

Ronaldo had not played for his club since his hat-trick in front of Atletico Madrid in the last match, and his goal here saved the visitors against another great performance from Ajax.

“The Ajax have excellent quality, we suffered after their goal, but we defended and finished the match better,” said Allegri.

“He’s a world-class player, but I think we played well tonight,” Light captain Matthijs told Ronaldo.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag added: “It’s not the result you’re hoping for, it’s a result.” The last time we lost 2-1 to Madrid at home, so we went are always here. “

The bright young Ten Hag team will likely be split at the end of this campaign. This is perhaps the best chance of the Amsterdam club for a long time to win a fifth European Cup.

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Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19

More than two years after playing his last one-day international, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is hopeful that his IPL exploits can fetch him a place in the Windies squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pollard slammed a belligerent 31-ball 83 on Wednesday, 10 April, to power Mumbai Indians’ successful chase of 198 against Kings XI Punjab. Captaining the side in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Pollard’s effort almost single-handedly took Mumbai to victory.

While the Windies have a bounty of death-overs power-hitters in the likes of Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite, Pollard’s experience is invaluable. He has 2289 ODI runs in 101 matches, at 25.71, with the highest score of 119 and strike-rate over 92.89.

Asked if he could take the flight to England with performances such as this, Pollard said: “The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board. There are people there who have the job to select, and let’s see how that goes. I’m 31 years old, Chris Gayle is still playing, he’s 39, and he’s whacking it all around.”

Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19
Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19

Pollard has picked up after a dull start to the season, notching up scores of 17*, 46* and 83 in his last three innings. At 31, he remains a livewire on the field and offers solid overs with his medium pace.

On Wednesday, after an unbeaten 100 from KL Rahul, Punjab had the game in control as Mumbai struggled to garner momentum, stuttering to 65/3 after 10 overs, and 109/4 in 13. It resulted in the required rate escalating to 13.5 at one point in the chase.

Pollard, however, changed the course of the innings thereafter, smashing three fours and ten sixes in his powerful innings.

“Pollard is a legend! One fellow who could do this, it was Kieron Pollard,” admired Hardik Pandya. “Time and situation needed both of us to go for it, but I could not connect much today. Pollard was supporting himself, and for the first time in my life, while sitting outside, I thought 17 per over is a par score.”

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Iker Casillas discovers Mohamed Salah after Liverpool defeated Porto in the Champions League

Iker Casillas was eliminated after Mohamed Salah’s red card in Liverpool’s Champions League victory on Tuesday night.

Iker Casillas discovers Mohamed Salah after Liverpool defeated Porto in the Champions League
Iker Casillas discovers Mohamed Salah after Liverpool defeated Porto in the Champions League

Naby goals Keita and Roberto Firmino sealed the 2-0 victory of players Jurgen Klopp, who are now favourites to reach the semi-finals. But Liverpool was fortunate to make two major decisions in each half. In the first 45 minutes, the ball seemed to hit Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm, but as a result of a VAR overhaul, Porto was not sanctioned. And after the break, Salah no longer gave orders for his challenge to conquer Danilo in Porto.

Iker Casillas discovers Mohamed Salah after Liverpool defeated Porto in the Champions League
Iker Casillas discovers Mohamed Salah after Liverpool defeated Porto in the Champions League

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg admits Salah had the chance to stay on the pitch at Anfield. “The Liverpool striker passes over the ball and clearly places his crampons on his opponent’s shin,” Clattenburg told the Daily Mail. “UEFA’s guidelines for this type of challenge are clear: anything with crampons above the ankle is a red card.

Mohamed Salah was fortunate to have escaped a red card against Porto for a horror challenge on Porto’s Danilo, according to former Premier League referee Phil Dowd.

Iker Casillas discovers Mohamed Salah after Liverpool defeated Porto in the Champions League
Iker Casillas discovers Mohamed Salah after Liverpool defeated Porto in the Champions League

And in his post-match Twitter post, Casillas suggested Liverpool be lucky with two major decisions by posting a picture of Salah’s challenge next to an image of Alexandre-Arnold handling the ball. Liverpool will face Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on 17 April.

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Saifudin not emphasizing over World Cup selection as he nurses elbow injury

Mohammad Saifuddin doesn’t want to get ahead of himself before Bangladesh’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 squad is announced, but should he make the cut, he admits that it will be a dream come true.

Saifudin not stressing over CWC selection as he nurses elbow injury
Saifudin not stressing over CWC selection as he nurses elbow injury

Saifuddin, the 22-year-old, has played just 10 one-day internationals so far but is seen as one of the bright prospects for Bangladesh cricket. As a fast-bowling all-rounder, he can add balance to a side.

“To be truthful, I am not thinking of such things,” Saifuddin told reporters in Mirpur, about making the final 15 for the World Cup. “At the moment, I am only focused on the DPL [Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh’s domestic List A tournament] matches as I will only think about the World Cup when I get the final ticket for the event.

“Like every cricketer, I have a dream of playing in the World Cup. If I get a chance to play in the World Cup, it will be a dream comes true. It is a big platform for me to prove myself in England conditions, especially for those of us who are junior players in the team. If we do well, more good opportunities will then come.”

The youngster, who has one half-century and seven wickets in his ODI career so far, insisted that a call-up wouldn’t come with expectations.

“There is no cause to feel burden,” he said. “Mashrafe [Bin Mortaza, the ODI skipper] bhaialways says that the more confident you are, the better it is for you. We may not be capable to bowl 150 kph like Kagiso Rabada, but if we are able to bowl in the right areas at 130 kph, then certainly we will do well.”

The big concern for Saifuddin now, other than making the squad, is a troublesome elbow. According to media reports, he was supposed to take an injection after the tour of New Zealand to aid his recovery, but since it would’ve kept him out of the game for a while, he and his team chose instead to manage the issue and play in the DPL, where his team Abahani Limited is the defending champions.

Saifuddin’s team suggested that his injury was not as bad as initially thought. “Earlier, we used to tape that area, but now he does not need that,” Enamul Haque, the physio, told Cricbuzz. “The only thing is that he is having a problem with his throwing and, as a result, we have decided to keep him inside the 30-yard circle.”

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Alan Shearer says Barcelona will beat Man City if they end up in the CL final

The quarterfinal matches of the Champions League start this week and we could not be more enthusiastic.

Porto and Tottenham, organizers of Liverpool, will face Manchester City on Tuesday.

Alan Shearer says Barcelona will beat Manchester City if they end up in the Champions League final
Alan Shearer says Barcelona will beat Manchester City if they end up in the Champions League final

On Wednesday, Ajax will face Juventus and Manchester United will host Barcelona at Old Trafford.

We have arrived at the point of the competition where there remains only the strongest and it must be said that the last eight teams are filled with incredible talent.

It is impossible to clearly identify a favourite, but Man City is powered by the desire to complete the treble.

The closest to the defending Premier League champions came to win the competition, it was in 2016 when they reached the semifinal, but this City team is better equipped to go all the way.

It starts with the manager. Guardiola is considered by many to be the best tactician in the world and has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona.

SHEARER: BARCELONA will defeat the city

Man City can certainly win, but Alan Shearer thinks they will not be blocked if they meet Barcelona in the final.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the match specialist of the day admitted that Lionel Messi and Barcelona could block Man City’s dream of winning the quad.

“Barcelona and Lionel Messi are the main reason why I do not think Manchester City will win the quad,” said Shearer.

“If we look at the draw of the Champions League, if Pep Guardiola’s team qualifies for the final, I would expect the Barca to be his opponent in Madrid and I do not think that they beat them.

Alan Shearer says Barcelona will beat Manchester City if they end up in the Champions League final
Alan Shearer says Barcelona will beat Manchester City if they end up in the Champions League final

“It would be a good match, but any team with Messi playing for them would be the favourite.

“The city, of course, has to get there first. They have not yet met any branded player in Europe, but if they continue their progression, they will probably meet the most formidable opponents of their season. “

MAN CITY ROUTE TO CHAMPION LEAGUE FINAL

Quarterfinal

Tottenham

Semifinal

Ajax or Juventus

Final

Liverpool, Porto, Barcelona or Man United

Alan Shearer says Barcelona will beat Manchester City if they end up in the Champions League final
Alan Shearer says Barcelona will beat Manchester City if they end up in the Champions League final

The title of Premier League is in the hands of City – they will be champions if they win the remaining six matches – while they have already won the Carabao Cup.

Guardiola’s team will play the FA Cup trophy after beating Brighton in Saturday’s semi-finals

But Shearer thinks the Champions League will be one step too much.

“I think they could win the other three trophies but, in addition, the Champions League could be too much for them,” he added.

“The fact that, with up to 12 games to play, City can watch their remaining matches and know they are so close to a full sweep is an incredible achievement in itself.”

Root hoping for brilliant World Cup to stay for the Ashes

England Test skipper Joe Root is hopeful for a “brilliant Cricket World Cup” that will help the squad’s Ashes movement, which instigates on 1 August in Birmingham. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup Final Tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.

Root hoping for brilliant World Cup to stay for the Ashes
Root hoping for brilliant World Cup to stay for the Ashes

England has never won a Cricket World Cup but has been advertised as one of the favorites to win this year’s contest at home. They will begin that chase with the opener against South Africa on 30 May.

“Hosting the Cricket World Cup is clearly very thrilling,” Root expressed Sky Sports. “At this time of the term, after having a minute of time off, very rapidly your mind starts converting to what’s to come?

“Hopefully, we’ll be on a flier after a brilliant World Cup. Eventually, when those Test matches come around, we know we’re going to have to be unconditionally ready for them.”

England is ranked No. 1 on the MRF Tyres ICC One Day International Team Rankings and presented the world why during their recently-concluded trip of the West Indies, where they tormented up over 400 and rushed down a total of 360 with apparent ease.

But that series also carried out some of England’s main weaknesses, as seen in the 5th ODI, when they bowled over for 113 on a bouncy Gros Islet field and yielded to their worst ODI defeat in terms of balls to spare. They still have eight games – one against Ireland, five against Pakistan, and a pair of official warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan – to set things right before the Cricket World Cup 2019.

“The West Indies tour was clearly an opportunity to put together a string of good performances coming into a World Cup,” Root said. “I think it’s really important that we take on board what happened, and we come into this summer full of confidence.

“We’re an experienced side now and we will have learned from that. But it’s a nice little reminder for us almost that we can’t become complacent and we’ve just got to continue to get better.”

The Ashes have changed hands every time since England retained the urn at home in 2013, with the home team winning every series since. But while history favors England to regain the urn after losing 4-0 in Australia in 2017-18, Root didn’t want to lose sight of what lay in store in the immediate future.

“It leading England at the Ashes will be very special. The hairs stand up on your arms just thinking about it,” he said. “On the other hand, there’s so much cricket to be frolicked between now and then that it would be wrong to look too far ahead to those initial days and all of those little particulars that come with an Ashes series.

“It’s really important we stay much grounded. We know if we play to our latent in these conditions, we will be a very difficult side to beat. It’s all about us making how we want to and being unconditionally ready for everything Australia come and throw at us.”

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Manchester City Quadruple may be Difficult but Treble is On

Man City has staked claim for quadruple in this season. Champions League victory can be little tough due to quality opposition. Treble is definitely on for Manchester City though. Sky Blues have reached to FA Cup final. They are trading blows with Premier League leaders Liverpool. They have already won EFL League Cup, also known as Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola’s team is looking steady for three trophies in the 2018-19 season.

Manchester City beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 in the semi final of the FA Cup on 6th April 2019 at Wembley Stadium, London. Gabriel Jesus was the only scorer of the match. Watford came from behind to win other semi final 3-2 in extra time against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sky Blues and Watford F.C. will meet in 2019 FA Cup Final on 18th May 2019 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Five time champions Man City are favourites to bag FA Cup title over Watford who have never won this trophy before. Manchester City had last won FA Cup in 2011, while they made last appearance in final in 2013. Watford FC made their only final appearance in 1984.

Gabriel Jesus heads Manchester City to the 2019 FA Cup Final
Gabriel Jesus heads Manchester City to the 2019 FA Cup Final

Sky Blues and Liverpool are switching top position in the Premier League 2018-19 season. Liverpool are currently leading with 82 points from 33 matches. Manchester City are second with 80 points from 32 games. Man City have won Premiership on three occasions. Liverpool are 18-time first division champions in English football history. But they have never won Premier League from its start in 1992. Defending champions Manchester City are favourites though as they have won their all three EPL trophies in this decade.

Champions League seems the weak link for Man City though. They have lost first leg of the UCL quarter final by 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur. Pep Guardiola’s side is capable of making a comeback from loosing situation. A strong performance in second leg at City of Manchester Stadium will improve chances of winning the UEFA Champions League trophy for Manchester City. Good point is that low scoring first leg means less work in the second leg for Sky Blues.

FA Cup – Final
Manchester City Vs Watford – 18th May 2019 – Wembley Stadium, London

UEFA Champion League – 3rd Quarter Final – Second Leg
Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur – 17th April 2019 – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester

Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

Morgan claims England will have no reluctance in altering its winning formula ahead of the CWC2019. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.

Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan
Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

The competition favorites are undefeated in their last ten two-sided ODI series and are the number one ranked side in ODI, but the appearance of Barbados-born Jofra Archer has difficult selection matters with just over two months to go till the initial match of this summer’s CWC2019.

Archer, who capable to play for England former this month after the England and Wales Cricket Board tranquil its placement rules, has detonated onto the world scene with odd performances in limited-overs competitions, and Morgan declined to shut the door on the 23-year-old’s Cricket World Cup hopes.

Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan
Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

“It’s not about a winning method,” said England limited-overs skipper Morgan, who was on hand to welcome followers to the first Wonderful Saturday throughout the CWC2019 Trophy Tour, determined by Nissan, as the trophy took midpoint stage in Manchester’s Exchange Square.

“That is behindhand us almost and we need to endure using the sureness we have made to drive things onward and if it is about counting someone that’s going to add value then we will do it.

“The publicity about Jofra playing around the sphere and doing well and enticing a lot of care is defensible as he has put in performances that permit looking at.

“Trevor Bayliss supposed after the West Indies series we will aspect at him against Pakistan who England plays in five ODIs in May and that’s what we will do.

“We don’t have to name our Cricket World Cup2019 team until the end of the Pakistan series so we will have a look and see how he serves.”

As competition hosts, all the weight will be on England this summer, especially after an enormously unsatisfactory Cricket World Cup campaign in 2015 where Morgan’s squad failed to make it out of the group phase.

The last 4 years, though, have seen Morgan architect a brilliant reversal in fortunes, with an extensive front-foot panache coming to the fore and the Middlesex batsman is content to carry the hopes and thoughts of a nation on his shoulders.

“You can’t ignore it but we’ve prepared for going into the Cricket World Cup as favorites,” added Morgan.

“It’s something which sits absolutely fine with us. The reason it is there is because of the success we’ve had in the past but that’s all in the past now and our focus needs to be on what’s to come and the things we need to do.”

He is whatever but, as England put the finishing traces to their battle plan for the opener against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May 2019.

“There are no anxieties, I think it’s more excitement,” he said.

 “I think, sedentary here right now, we’re armed really well. We still have one match in Dublin against Ireland and our matches at home against Pakistan in the build-up to the Cricket World Cup so there’s sufficient of cricket to be played but all the emphasis is going to be on the rivalry.”

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Alan Shearer tells Man City the legend of the Premier League his favourite to win CL

Premier League legend Alan Shearer is backing Lionel Messi to return Barcelona to the glory of the Champions League this season. Spain’s Barca will face Manchester United in the quarter-finals after beating Lyon 5-1 in the last 16 games.

Alan Shearer tells Man City the legend of the Premier League his favourite to win CL
Alan Shearer tells Man City the legend of the Premier League his favourite to win CL

United made a remarkable performance in Paris last month against PSG and Shearer insists that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team “cannot be written off”. But the former England striker expects Barcelona to progress in the competition and win the trophy for the sixth time in its history.

“You cannot erase Manchester United after the way they fought to beat Paris Saint-Germain,” Shearer told the Sun. “But I think Barcelona will have too much for both games, mainly because of this guy, Lionel Messi.” I think it will be Messi who will make the difference against United and that’s why I think Barca will continue maybe to win. United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserve this attack on Barca for what they did in Paris. But I just think it will be a step too far for them.

“And I think it will be the same for Ajax against Juventus because of Cristiano Ronaldo.” You can already imagine a Juve final against Barca, with two of the greatest footballers we’ve seen, who will face each other again. “But Shearer does not see City achieving this feat, adding,” The quad is still on, which in itself is just staggering, but I still do not think they’ll get away with it. “I see them winning the Premier League and FA Cup.

“But even if they beat the Spurs, I think there is too much quality in the Champions League, especially in Barcelona, with this man, Lionel Messi.” Guardiola said it would be “almost impossible” for Manchester City to win all four competitions that term. “Surviving is a miracle. It’s good to be there, “Guardiola said after City qualified for the FA Cup final.”Nobody did it [won the quad], so why can we do it?” It’s almost impossible to realize everything – that’s the truth. ”

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