Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches

Aussies’ fast bowlers have been gearing up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a particular training drill. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches
Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches

The recent ODI series between ENG and PAK designated yet again that pitches in England and Wales, the venue for the World Cup, could offer plenty of runs. There were five scores of over 350 in eight completed innings, with 297 being the lowest.

With that in mind, defending champions Australia, under the supervision of bowling coach Adam Griffith, have been practicing hard at their training camp in Southampton to master their death-bowling skills.

Bowlers are largely focused on being spot-on with their Yorkers and on countering the batsmen’s trigger movement. Mitchell Starc, the left-arm pacer, revealed there was a bit of competition, with bowlers awarded points for hitting different areas.

“It was a bit of target bowling for the group. We’ve got certain cones put up for wide Yorkers either side of the stumps or trying to hit that zone,” Starc told cricket.com.au. “It’s something we’re working hard on because death bowling is something where you can win or lose a game or defend a total.”

Starc, who lit up the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with his fast, swinging yorkers, has not been a regular in Australia’s limited-overs sides in recent times as the selectors have looked to manage his workload. Having played only four limited-overs internationals since February 2018, he rediscovered his pace and accuracy during Australia’s warm-up matches against New Zealand in Brisbane earlier this month.

The 29-year-old came in for criticism for his Test bowling in the Australian home summer, but he is confident that a changed mental approach will help him regain his swing and best form during the mega-event.

 “Having three months to chat about things and have a little bit of a different approach to how I think about it, and perhaps the change of wording and what my cues are, have really helped me in coming to back to this stage,” he said.

The defending champions will play warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka before their campaign gets underway against Afghanistan in Bristol on 1 June.

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Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

The Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey trusts the vast skill of the side will be vital in “high pressure” situations at the CWC19. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy
Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

Several of the Australian Cricket players and support staff have important CWC knowledge. Ricky Ponting, their associate coach, won the tournament thrice (in 1999, 2003 and 2007), fielding coach Brad Haddin was part of the 2015 title-winning side, and the likes of Aaron Finch, the skipper, David Warner, Steve Smith,  Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell have all played in the previous editions.

“We have got a lot of knowledge,” Carey told reporters in London. “Brad Haddin played in the last CWC, we have got Ricky Ponting coming in, and we have got a number of players who played in that last CWC.”

“We have got lots of knowledge around the group of guys to access. When we get into it, that’s when the high-pressure skill comes into it.”

The 27-year-old also said Aussies would be focused on their own match plans rather than form them rendering to the opposition. Aussies have won eight straight away ODI, and Carey credited that form to this method.

“We have got a certain game style which has been successful in the last eight games, against quality opposition,” he said.

For us, it is playing to our strengths. Every team in the CWC has got its strengths. We are not too much about hostility’s game style. That’s where we get unfocused from what we are really good at.

“Thus for us, it’s building on our success in the last few months. David Warner and Steve Smith come back in. Aaron Finch is in really good form. Our quick’s are in good form as well. We got a lot of exciting players.”

Aussies will play warm-up games against Sri Lanka and England before their initial match against Afghanistan on 1 June, and Carey is self-assured they will begin the tournament on a positive note.

“We will start planning. We have warm-up games as well, which will be part of our build-up,” said Carey. “A lot of us have played against a number of their Afghanistan’s players. The first game is where we want to hit our straps. They will be keen to start the tournament well, and so are we.”

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Malinga key to Sri Lanka’s CWC chances – Chaminda Vaas

Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka paceman trusts Lasith Malinga’s form and his leadership qualities will play the key role for Sri Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Malinga key to Sri Lanka’s CWC chances – Chaminda Vaas
Malinga key to Sri Lanka’s CWC chances – Chaminda Vaas

Sri Lanka announced their 15-man CWC squad for the tournament last week, which included plenty of surprise omissions and comebacks. However, Vaas, who was in Mumbai to inaugurate a local T20 tournament on Tuesday, 23 April, thought the selectors had done a good job.

“For the last few months, SL has not done so well. But if you evaluated the combination of the squad which we picked for the CWC, I’m pretty sure that the selectors have done the right thing,” he said. “We have to take it from there, and it’s up to the players to get themselves in and play well for the country.”

Vaas, who had a stint as Sri Lanka’s bowling coach in 2017, said a lot depended on Malinga and hailed him as one of the world’s best players. “There is no doubt that Malinga is one of the best in the world, and the best in SL,” he said. “We depend on him as a bowler, and he showed his leadership qualities.

“He has given 100% for the team. We have seen him playing in Mumbai in IPL on one day and playing in Sri Lanka in a domestic tournament the next day. It shows the commitment he has and the commitment he has to the team and the country. He will be the key for Sri Lanka cricket in the upcoming CWC.”

Dimuth Karunaratne, who last played an ODI in 2015, will lead SL at the CWC he will be one of many captains that SL has tried in the last couple of years.

Vaas, who took 355 Test wickets and 400 in ODIs, admitted captaincy had been a problem for SL but hoped for the best from Karunaratne. “The selectors and SL Cricket have put their trust in Dimuth, and given him an opportunity to captain the side,” said Vaas. “I’m pretty sure the team will unite and will do well in the upcoming CWC.”

SL begins its CWC campaign on 1 June in Cardiff against New Zealand.

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Five takeaways from Afghan’s CWC team

Afghanistan has named their 15-member squad for the Cricket World Cup 2019 on Monday, 22 April. There’s the surprise inclusion of pacer Hamid Hassan, who last played an international game in 2016. While the leadership change, from Asghar Afghan to Gulbadin Naib, is no surprise, having been announced before the preparatory camp, it is notable that Afghan has also been named in the squad.

Here we list the five main takeaways from Afghanistan’s CWC team list.

A brand new captain 

The Afghanistan Cricket Board’s announcement earlier this month, naming Naib as the new one-day international captain, took not only the followers of Afghanistan cricket by surprise but also their own players. Under Afghan, the team had risen through the ranks, becoming a Full Member of the ICC, winning last CWC Qualifier and also completing their first-ever Test win over Ireland last month.

Five takeaways from Afghan’s CWC team
Five takeaways from Afghan’s CWC team

Naib’s nomination as the new skipper was taken keeping the long-term goals in mind. He has never captained in an international match, so handing him the responsibility in an event as big as the World Cup is a gamble, but he could well inject fresh energy into the squad.

The return of Hamid Hassan

Hassan, arguably one of the best pacers from Afghanistan, last played a game at a senior level in 2017; his last international appearance was in 2016. He has been out of the picture due to prolonged injuries. His fitness is still going to be a topic of discussion – the selectors said as much at the announcement – but his experience on the grand stage could be a vital addition to the squad.  Hassan was an effective – and entertaining! – presence in the CWC 2015, picking up eight wickets in five matches, including 3/45 against SL. If he can rediscover that pace and precision, he will be a vital part of the team.

Five takeaways from Afghan’s CWC team
Five takeaways from Afghan’s CWC team

World-class spinners but how to fit them all in 

Afghanistan stuck to having just three front-line spinners in Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, which meant there was no place for Zahir Khan. In their main spin trio, they have world-class skills. Rashid and Nabi, who are No.1 and No.3, are likely to feature in most, if not all playing XIs. Rashid, who is also the No.3-ranked bowler, has distorted into a reliable finisher with the bat and Nabi’s middle-order experience is valuable.

Five takeaways from Afghan’s CWC team
Five takeaways from Afghan’s CWC team

Rahman, on his day, can win games for his team too. He is the kind of mystery spinner that every team wants in their side. But can the selectors fit all of them in? It might give them a happy headache while picking the playing XI.

The year of Hazratullah Zazai

Zazai successfully announced his arrival as a hard-hitting batsman this year. Before 2019, he featured in only two ODIs for Afghanistan and had scored only 15 runs at 7.50. This year, he has played four ODIs, all of them against Ireland, and scored 140 runs at an average of 35 and a strike-rate over 100. In the shortest format, against the same opponent, he scored 204 runs from three matches at 102, including a personal best 162*.

The matter of experience

“We selected the best squad considering factors such as experience, fitness, team balance, current form, and conditions,” selector Ahmadzai said at the announcement.

And the experience is something Afghanistan has in spades. They have valued the experience that Afghan brings to the squad, with his 99 ODIs. Nabi is 111 ODIs old, while Shinwari, Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Naib and Rashid have all played 50-plus ODIs for their side, and were in good touch in the series against Ireland. They do have a good mix of experience and youth; however, the onus will be on the veterans to help win matches for their side.

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Asghar Afghan to join Gulbadin naib-led CWC team

The inclusion of Asghar Afghan, the former captain, and the return of Hamid Hassan, the fast bowler, was the big news as Afghanistan announced their 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on Monday, 22 April.

Asghar Afghan to join Gulbadin naib-led CWC team
Asghar Afghan to join Gulbadin naib-led CWC team

Hassan, 31-year-old fast bowler, last played the sport at a senior level in 2017, with fitness issues hampering his involvement since. He has, however, made a dramatic comeback to the squad, although his fitness remains under scrutiny.

Hassan’s inclusion came at the expense of Shapoor Zadran, whose ODI numbers have been on the wane. The other frontline quicks in the side are Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam. Naib slots in as a seaming all-rounder.

 

“Luckily for us, the comeback of senior fast bowler Hamid Hassan is good news,” Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, the chief selector, said. “However, we will take into account his form and fitness during upcoming practice matches.”

Afghan, who was axed as captain earlier this month, was included as well. He will be one of Afghanistan’s key middle-order batsmen, along with Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Naib, and Najibullah Zadran. The presence of Nabi, Rashid, and Samiullah Shinwari means that Afghanistan will bat fairly deep.

As for the openers, Afghanistan has two options in Noor Ali Zadran and Hazratullah Zazai to partner with Mohammad Shahzad, who is a guaranteed starter for his batting and wicket-keeping. Javed Ahmadi, who was also in the race, was left out.

In the spin department, Afghanistan decided to stick to just Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi as their primary options with Shinwari and Rahmat Shah serving as part-time options. Left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan, who played his only ODI against Ireland in March, was left out.

“It has been a six-month preparation process for the ICC Cricket World Cup. The mission is to play inspirational cricket in the tournament; I know there are strong teams but we will do our level best to achieve our goals,” said Ahmadzai. “There were some challenges that we needed to handle. We selected the best squad considering factors such as experience, fitness, team balance, current form, and conditions.”

Afghanistan also has picked three reserve options in Ikram Ali Khil, Karim Janet, and Sayed Shirzad. Ikram Ali Khil is a top-order batsman and offers an emergency wicket-keeping option. The other two are seam-bowling options.

Squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

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Afghanistan are Confident for Cricket World Cup 2019

Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghanistan batsmen, have said that our side is going into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 better structured than last time, aiming to add to their distinct win in the tournament so far.

Afghanistan is Confident for Cricket World Cup 2019
Afghanistan is Confident for Cricket World Cup 2019

Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghanistan batsmen, have said that our side is going into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 better organized than last time, aiming to add to their distinct win in the tournament so far.

In 2015, Afghanistan made history by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup. They exited the competition after the group stage, winning one game, but have gone from strength to effectiveness. They won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier last year and ensured a spot in the tournament for the second uninterrupted time which makes supporters get their Cricket World Cup Tickets asap.

This time, they are looking at causing a few upsets. Shahidi, rebounding his captain’s recent comments to International Cricket Council, insisted they are no longer satisfied with just participating and are armed with a higher goal. “Now, it’s not like it was before. In 2015, people said it’s a conceited instant that Afghanistan is a part of the World Cup,” he told the ICC. “It’s not the time for that. Now, it’s time to say everyone else: ‘Wake up, Afghanistan is coming!”

Shahzad pointed out. “This time we are better prepared with spinners like Mujeeb, Rashid, Nabi and Zahir Khan in our ranks. We are trying our best to perform improved in the 2019 World Cup and beat four-five teams in the contest.”

We are trying our best to perform better in the Cricket World Cup 2019 and beat 4-5 teams in the competition-Mohammad Shahzad

“Our team has good fast bowlers who are clocking 140-plus balls. We train them in the nets and we’re used to facing class seam-bowling,” he mentioned.

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