Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad

Fast bowler Chris Woakes believes that Jofra Archer’s arrival in the team, and his following performances, have flashed a healthy competition within England’s bowlers to retain their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad
Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad

England has a long line of talented pacers, who have been performing extremely well over the last couple of years and supporting their strong batting line-up.

“The batters have obviously set the benchmark over the last few years, there’s always been competition for places there – more so maybe than the bowling – and this, I suppose, has done the same for the bowlers,” he said. “It’s always good to have competition; at the international level, that’s always going to be the case.”

The 30-year-old, who debuted for England in 2011, has been a regular feature of the ODI side. He has 121 wickets in 87 ODIs. He put on a terrific display in the third ODI against Pakistan on Tuesday, 14 May, picking up 4/67 in 10 overs.

However, when asked after the match if he felt that his place in the World Cup squad was safe, Woakes said: Safe is probably not the word, but you always feel like you need to put in performances, and I’m pleased I managed to put in a good performance today.

“You hope you are safe, but I suppose until that squad’s selected, you’re not. Hopefully, I am, but we’ll see.”

Woakes reckoned that England’s selectors would have a tough call to make, as the 23 May deadline for naming the final squad draws closer.

“Someone, unfortunately, will miss out, but we don’t sit in the dressing room talking about, ‘is it going to be me?’, ‘is it going to be you?’ I think everyone knows it’s there and it’s creating a good competitive edge to the team, but we don’t talk about who is going to miss out and who is going to be selected.”

England has two ODIs left against Pakistan. After that series concludes, on 19 May, they will play two warm-up matches, against Australia and Afghanistan, before starting their World Cup campaign on 30 May against South Africa at The Oval.

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Aaron Finch ponder strategies to counter CWC Run Fests

Aaron Finch is ready to get creative with his bowling tactics in an attempt to counter the large totals which are expected to dominate the 2019 World Cup. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Aaron Finch ponder strategies to counter CWC Run Fests
Aaron Finch ponder strategies to counter CWC Run Fests

The second ODI between England and Pakistan in Southampton over the weekend gave another taste of what could be to come, with 734 runs plundered in 100 overs. England made hay with wickets in hand in the closing over as Jos Buttler smashed a 50-ball century before Pakistan threatened to chase it down until the home side’s death bowling held its nerve.

While conditions won’t always be as pristine for batting as they were on Saturday on the south coast, it is expected to be a heavily bat-dominated tournament with the use of two new balls negating the chances of reverse swing and the Kookaburra hardly moving for the quick’s when it’s new.

That poses a tough set of challenges for fielding captains as they try and conjure plans to keep batting line-ups in check. One of the key areas will be taking wickets in the middle overs – it is why most sides now have a leg spinner in their ranks, as do Australia with Adam Zampa.

However, it could be that Australia’s two premiers quick’s – Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins – are left with plenty of overs available for the middle period of an innings instead of sharing the new ball or being given extended spells with it.

Australia used their matches against New Zealand in Brisbane to try various combinations with Jason Behrendorff sharing the new ball with Starc in the final match, and Cummins used as first change.

“All the trends and all the stats in one-day cricket show the last couple of years the teams that have taken the most wickets in the middle overs have been successful,” Finch said. “That’s something that we’ve identified as an area we really want to try and nail so there is talk about all those kinds of things. That will come down to the day if someone gets off to a flyer you have to keep rolling out your big guns and make sure you are looking to take wickets in the Power play.”

Away from Starc and Cummins, who are certain starters, there remains jostling to support them among Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Kane Richardson. The trio all had two outings against New Zealand but only managed a combined 6 for 223 compared to Starc and Cummins taking 10 for 117.

“That will be dictated over the next couple of weeks, it’s not something we’ve sat down and planned,” Finch said on bowling combinations. “There are a lot of questions still to be answered but we are in a great place to do that.”

However, Finch did confirm that Zampa was the No. 1 spinner, although he did not rule out pairing him up with Nathan Lyon again, as they did successfully during the series in India and the UAE.

“Zampa’s performances in India and the UAE were outstanding on wickets that didn’t turn a huge amount but also against world-class players of spin he played exceptionally well. The reputation of Bristol [where Australia starts against Afghanistan] is that it spins, but all reports say it didn’t spin a huge amount in the latest one-day competition in England, so it’s just going to be waiting and see what the wickets produce.”

The training camp in Brisbane brought good and bad news as far as Australia’s attack is concerned, with Jhye Richardson being ruled out.

“It’s a huge loss,” Finch said. “The energy he brings, his raw pace, ability to swing the ball and get good players out on good wickets is something that will be missed. That’s not to say the others don’t, but we saw that real X-factor with the ball. I know he was really down, but he’ll pick himself up, he’s only 22. He has a long career ahead.”

The form of Starc, though, provided plenty of encouragement on his return from the pectoral injury he picked up against Sri Lanka in early February. His pace did not go unnoticed by the New Zealand batsmen and, when any modicum of movement with the white ball will be priceless, he found some swing.

“He’s proved it in big moments that he can get the job done, so really encouraging. He’s been swinging the ball the last few days which is such a valuable asset,” Finch said.

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Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Kapil Dev, India’s World Cup-winning captain, believed a mix of youth and experience in a well-balanced squad would work in India’s favors at the ICC CWC 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19
Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Dev, who led India to their first title in the 1983 event, backed the team to reach the knockouts in this edition, going in as one of the strongest sides.

India has a great combination of youth and experience. In a way they are more experienced than the other teams, he said at a promotional event on Wednesday, 9 May. They have the right balance – four fast bowlers, three spinners and they have Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

“Dhoni and Kohli have done extremely well for India. Both of them are unmatchable.”

Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19
Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Dev, who finished his career with 253 wickets in 225 one-day internationals to be arguably India’s greatest fast-bowling all-rounder, was all praise for the team’s pace attack.

“The four fast bowlers we have are fantastic,” he said. “The English conditions will help them swing the ball. Then players like Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah can bowl 145kph have swing and pace.”

The pacers will be backed by Hardik Pandya, the all-rounder. Since his debut, Pandya has prompted high expectations among fans that he could be a cricketer in the Kapil Dev vein. However, the veteran dismissed comparisons.

“You should not put pressure on Hardik Pandya,” he said. “He has enough talent, let him play his natural game. I don’t like anybody being compared to anyone because that puts pressure on that player.”

Naming India as one of the favorites, along with Australia and England, with New Zealand and West Indies as the dark horses,

He added, “I think India will definitely finish in the top four. After that, it will be really difficult. After the semifinals, a stroke of luck alongside personal and team performance will determine who goes forward.”

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Root delighted with winning start to CWC19

Joe Root expressed his delight at England’s winning start, ahead of what is set to be a grueling summer of cricket, featuring the CWC19, followed by a home Ashes series. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Root delighted with winning start to CWC19
Root delighted with winning start to CWC19

England enclosed past Ireland by 4 wickets in a one-off ODI in Dublin, before kicking off their series against Pakistan with a 7 wicket win in the only T20I in Cardiff.

Root supposed that victory against the No.1-ranked T20I team in the world was a step in the right direction as they gear themselves up for the CWC

. “It’s exciting to see the crux of the squad together and to start the journey of the summer,” he said. “

And for us to find a way of winning two matches, I know this is a different format, but the majority of the team will be around for the 50-over stuff.

“It was a great chance for us to start going in the right direction, to get some momentum going into the one-day series. It’s really pleasing to be two from two and, hopefully, now carry that forward throughout those five games.”

Creation the win more pleasing was the fact that it came in the absence of several regular players. England was sans Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, to name a few, for the Pakistan T20I.

In their absence, opening batsman James Vince, who is filling in for the injured Jason Roy, did well with a 27-ball 36 to set the tone for England’s successful chase of 174, though Joe Denly laid the finishing touches with 20* off 12 balls.

Also giving a sight of his talent was the highly commended Jofra Archer, who returned 2/29 in four overs in a high-scoring game.

“You could see the value of what he could bring to a side, that extra bit of zipping,” Root said of Archer.

He is someone that wants to get into the game and make things happen, which is a brilliant quality to have.

“What this game did is provide a huge opportunity for guys who haven’t played a huge amount for England, either before or in recent times. It was really important that those guys got something out of it. It’s about them trying to take that opportunity and us finding a way of winning without a normal-looking T20 side, and I thought it was a fantastic effort from the group to win in the manner that we did.”

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Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Glenn Maxwell, the Australia all-rounder, is ready to assume the floating role he executed to great effect in the past at CWC 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019
Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Maxwell was Australia’s third highest run-getter in the 2015 World Cup, accumulating 324 runs in eight matches at 64.80, and even scored his maiden, and so far only, one-day international century in the tournament. Maxwell performed a key floating role during that campaign, and in the build-up to this year’s tournament, he has been doing something similar.

He was slated as low as No.7 by the Australian think-tank earlier in the year, but he has since batted at every position in the middle order, helping the side win eight consecutive away ODIs.

“I joked about this, but as soon as it gets past about the 15th over and we’re none down, I put them [his pads] on and just wait there,” he said on the sidelines of a training camp in Brisbane. “

But I generally work with JL Coach Justin Langer, just keep asking him what he wants from me, and it’ll get to a point where he’ll say, ‘Go put ’em on’.

“He’ll send a message out to Aaron Finch, ask him what he thinks, and that’s how we get to that decision. It was rather that I did rationally well in 2015, so we’re sort of trying to emulate that in this World Cup. Hopefully, I can do it similarly.”

The 30-year-old has been in spectacular form this year. In 13 matches, Maxwell has scored 458 runs at an average of 41.63, from across the middle order. A lot of credit for that, he said, went to the foundations laid by Finch and Usman Khawaja at the top.

“The top order has been really successful as well, I’ve been able to ride off the back of that, come in at different times and expand on really good starts,” he said. “We saw in the UAE that they performed extremely well – Aaron and Usman were outstanding at the top – so for me to just ride on the back of that, and play a different role was really enjoyable.”

Having made him unavailable for IPL 2019, Maxwell joined Lancashire to play in the County Championship in England; to help sues the conditions ahead of the premier event. “It was pretty good,” he said of his stint. I was lucky enough to be training at Old Trafford every day with a center wicket, so I was able to get used to conditions.

“The wicket was really good. Every day I was facing Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions so [they were] decent net sessions as well. I was very blessed with what I had.”

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Ashton Turner exposes shoulder injury cost him CWC spot

Ashton Turner, the middle-order player, has exposed a shoulder injury played a part in his lapse from the Aussies ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team.

Ashton Turner exposes shoulder injury cost him CWC spot
Ashton Turner exposes shoulder injury cost him CWC spot

The injury flared up during the Big Bash League late last year and has restricted Turner in the field and from bowling his off-spin. “I do understand I’m a little bit limited with my shoulder and that probably played a part in my omission,” Turner told foxsports.com.au.

Potentially not being able to bowl probably cost me an opportunity to play a few more games before they had to select the team.

On Boxing Day when I re-injured my shoulder, I thought that my season was over and I was going straight into surgery and wouldn’t play another game for months.

“The fact I was able to keep playing the Big Bash and still be on the selector’s radar as a batter was a surprise to me. Then, to pick me in the ODI squad and then to give me the opportunity to play a few games, probably exceeded my expectations.”

Turner, who scored a masterful 84 off 43 balls against India in Mohali, was in consideration for a World Cup spot after the knock. However, the return of Steve Smith in the middle order, coupled with his limitations due to the injury meant he was sidelined in the provisional squad.

Turner and Smith were playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL when the squad was announced – Turner went straight to Smith when he heard the news.

“The day that we found out, I went to him Smith straight away and said, ‘Well done, mate, for getting in the squad’ and he said, ‘Commiserations for not being in the squad,” Turner told Cricinfo.

The 26-year-old is now eyeing a return to the national side and hopes to impress during his tour of England with Australia A. He also has a surgery scheduled after that on the troublesome shoulder. “I’m going to have surgery in a couple of months,” he added.

“Missing out on the World Cup squad has only motivated me more to want to get back there because being a part of that Australian side was such a great experience. That’s where I want to be.”

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How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

With the top tournament on the near horizon, it’s time to look at the squads that will be competing for cricket’s top prize this English summer.  Cricket World Cup Final Tickets can be garbed from our global event ticket sales market.

Oldest Squad

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

While there isn’t much clarity on how the side will line up, Sri Lanka’s contingent of experienced older figures could be vital in ushering them past the group stages. With an average age of 29.9, they are the oldest squad competing for the trophy in this edition.

Seasoned pacers Lasith Malinga, 35, and Suranga Lakmal, 32, look likely to spearhead the bowling attack. Former captain Angelo Mathews, 31, was destined for a return after the side’s poor 50-over form in the absence of the talismanic all-rounder, and there’s a call-up for Jeevan Mendis too. The 36-year-old has not played ODI cricket since 2015, but an extra wise head in the dressing room might be key to revitalizing fortunes for the 1996 winners.

Youngest squad

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

The youngest squad at this summer’s CWC is that of Pakistan, where the average age is 27.3, followed closely by Afghanistan (27.4). Pakistan look set to unleash promising 19-year-old quicks Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain on the world’s biggest stage, while Afghanistan will look to exploit their youthful options with the two-pronged spin attack of 20-year-old Rashid Khan, the No.3-ranked bowler on the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings, and fellow tweaker Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who at 18, is the youngest player at the tournament.

Most capped

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

Although age might signal ample cricketing experience, it needn’t necessarily have come at the international level. India has the fourth youngest side in the tournament, but also the most capped squad, with a combined total of 1573 appearances, eclipsing the second-most capped team, Bangladesh, by a margin of 274.

Among India’s seniors is MS Dhoni, who has played 341 ODIs, and has still remarkably managed to maintain a batting average of 50.72. Virat Kohli, the captain, and No.1-ranked batsman on the ICC ODI Batting Rankings have 227 appearances to his name, and Rohit Sharma, ranked No.2, has 206 caps, forming a frightening combination.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, will look to draw on their experience as they push for their first CWC title. Mashrafe Mortaza (205 caps), Shakib Al Hasan (195 caps), Mushfiqur Rahim (201 caps), and Tamim Iqbal (189 caps), will know that this is probably their final shot at achieving greatness together.

Mushfiqur recently said that “having most experienced players in the team, this is the strongest World Cup team that Bangladesh has ever had,” and he might just be right.

Most hundreds

India has little to no competition here. With a team tally of 90 and a whopping 41 of those belonging to Kohli, India’s capacity for mammoth innings will certainly be of concern to their opposition. Rohit (22), Shikhar Dhawan (16), and Dhoni (10), also have multiple tons under their belts, but over-reliance on these veterans could be a pitfall.

Although New Zealand, South Africa, and India top England with their tally of centuries, it is the host nation that boasts the most centurions. Seven England players have reached three figures in ODIs, compared to five each for India, South Africa, and New Zealand, which is an indication of their strong batting depth.
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are both lacking in the century department, with 12 apiece; West Indies’ Chris Gayle alone has more three-figure scorers (25) in ODIs than the two nations combined. That being said, Afghanistan only played their first ODI in 2009.

Most wickets

How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019
How the teams stack up in ICC CWC 2019

Taking wickets on hard, high-scoring tracks can be difficult, but English conditions might just give hope to those who are more skilled at getting the ball to nip around, and we have seen many a swing bowler achieve great successes on English shores.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka’s squads sit atop the leaderboards for ODI wickets, with 829 and 815 respectively, and the onus will fall on the side’s veteran seamers. Mortaza, with 259 scalps in the format, will lead the line for Bangladesh, whilst Malinga, who has the most ODI wickets among all players in the tournament, with 322 scalps, still carries much of Sri Lanka’s bowling weight on his 35-year-old shoulders.
Aaron Finch’s Australia has the least ODI wickets, with 495. Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has 145 of those, while fellow fast bowlers Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are all relatively inexperienced at the top level. Nathan Lyon is no stranger to the international arena, but exciting young leg-spinner Adam Zampa might be primed to undertake the Aussies’ main spinning role.

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Gulbadin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019

Gulbadin Naib, the new Afghanistan one-day international captain, is upbeat about his team’s chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Dulbdin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019
Gulbadin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019

Afghanistan is set to feature in only their second ever Cricket World Cup, sealing their place through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe last year, which they won. They trained for the main event at a camp in South Africa and have high expectations of causing a few upsets in the tournament.

However, they got a jolt when the selectors decided to go with split captaincy and named a new leadership team. Naib took over from Asghar Afghan, even as senior members of the squad went public with their concerns of how the last-minute change could affect the team’s spirits.

Naib, though, dismissed these concerns. The change, he said, was “no big deal” and hailed the experience of his team-mates.

“When I look at my team, we prepared very well the last couple of months,” he told AFP in Kabul on Monday, 29 April, ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup. “The guys have a [high] morale; everyone is very excited to be participating in the World Cup.”

Naib was particularly pleased with the camp in South Africa, expecting the bouncy wickets they played on to be similar to what they might get in England and Wales.

The team is placed No.10 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings chart, but he wasn’t ruling out their chance to surprise a few teams. In the Asia Cup, they beat Sri Lanka, took Pakistan close and forced a tie against India. Asked if he thought his team could go all the way.

Naib said: “I hope so. It is cricket … anything can happen.”

Afghanistan opens its World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on 1 June.

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Fakhar Zaman Pleased by Pakistan’s CWC19 Preparation

Pakistan became the first team to travel to the United Kingdom, over a month before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. They will take on England in a limited-overs series before the premier tournament.

Fakhar Zaman Pleased by Pakistan’s CWC19 Preparation
Fakhar Zaman Pleased by Pakistan’s CWC19 Preparation

Before the five ODI and one-off Twenty20 International, they are playing three tour games against county sides, making them among the teams best placed to get used to the conditions before the CWC.

They have put in good all-round performances in the two games so far, beating Kent by 100 runs and Northamptonshire by eight wickets. Their batting has been an especially good touch, with Imad Wasim striking a century in the first game and Fakhar Zaman in the next. Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail also have half-centuries.

We adapted well, said Zaman on Monday, 29 April, after his knock. “It’s a good thing that our batsmen are all among the runs. Irrespective of the opposition, when you make runs, it’s good for the mindset.”

Zaman’s 101 in the second game came off 81 balls. It helped his side overhaul the total of 273/6 in 41.2 overs. The batsman, who had been rested for the series against Australia earlier this year, was glad to have some runs and match-time under his belt. “Wherever you make runs, you get confidence,” he said.

Since 2016, Pakistan has fairly good memories of touring England. They have drawn the two-Test series and won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Zaman put their recent success and confidence down to good planning.

“Making runs, especially in these cold conditions, we’re getting good practice,” he said. “We come early and get these practice matches to adapt to conditions.”

Pakistan will play its third practice match on Wednesday against Leicestershire, before the one-off T20I against England on 5 May.

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Umpire Ian Gould to give up work after CWC19

ICC Umpire Gould gives up work after the Cricket World Cup 2019 to finish a career as an authorized in the international match.

Umpire Ian Gould to give up work after CWC19
Umpire Ian Gould to give up work after CWC19

Gould, who played 18 One day International’s for ENG and was part of the 1983 CWC, merged the ECB’s first-class umpires’ list in 2002 and made his debut as an international umpire in a T20 between ENG and SL in 2006. He stood in his first ODI a few days after that and his first Test – between SA and Bangladesh in Bloemfontein – two years later.

This year’s CWC will be Gould’s fourth and he is one of 16 ICC umpires confirmed for the tournament.

“Ian has made an outstanding contribution to the game over a long period, particularly in the last decade as an international umpire for the ICC,” Geoff Allardice, the ICC general manager of cricket, said.

“He has always put the interests of the game first, and in doing so has earned enormous respect from his colleagues and players across all countries. His presence on the field will be missed, but I am sure his lifelong association with the game will continue.”

To date, Gould has stood in 74 Tests (alongside being the TV umpire in a further 25), 135 ODIs and 37 T20Is.

ICC Umpires for CWC19 Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson, Michael Gough, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, and Paul Wilson

ICC match referees for CWC19 Chris Broad, David Boon, Andy Pycroft, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, and Richie Richardson

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