Doubted I Might even be there – Maxwell reassured after CWC call up

Glenn Maxwell was relieved to see his name in Aussies’ 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and said he felt confident about putting on a good show at the event.

Doubted I Might even be there – Maxwell reassured after CWC call up
Doubted I Might even be there – Maxwell reassured after CWC call up

Maxwell has enjoyed a purple patch in recent times, and that solidified his claim to a spot in Aussies World Cup squad. For people on the outside, Maxwell’s inclusion seemed a formality. Maxwell himself wasn’t as sure, though, and his first reaction was one of relief after the news was out.

Maxwell has been central to Australia’s resurgence in the fifty-over format. So far in 2019, he has scored 458 runs at 41.63, striking at 126.51. He made noteworthy contributions in the ODIs against India and Pakistan, as Australia won both series away from home.

“I’ve definitely gone through stages over the last 12 months where I’ve doubted if I might even have been there,” Maxwell told SEN Radio when asked of his World Cup selection. “To be actually finally named you look back and feel proud of all the work you’ve put in.”

Maxwell said his recent form gives him confidence ahead of the CWC. “To perform the way I did in India and Dubai gave me a lot of confidence going forward, that I was still good enough to dominate and do really well at this level.

“That’s what gives me confidence for this World Cup: I’m coming in good international form, and there’s a bit of trust within the team to play my role. I feel like I’ve got a certain role now which is a nice feeling as well.”

Despite that, Maxwell knows there’s work to be done. His recent runs have come in Asian conditions, which are vastly different from what they’re likely to be in England. So he’s signed up with Lancashire in a bid to prepare as best as he can.

“I’m going to need a slightly different technique to what I needed in Dubai but that’s something I’m working on over here and was the whole reason I wanted to come over,” he said. “To get myself prepared for the CWC, and make sure I’m not leaving any stone unturned.”

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 full teams and squads

Full list of squads announced for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which gets underway on 30 May in England and Wales.

ICC CWC19 Full teams and Squads
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 full teams and squads

All teams have announced 15-member provisional squads for the World Cup. Teams can still make changes until one week before the start of the tournament.

Afghan:

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

Australia:

Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon

Bangladesh:

Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed

England:

Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

India:

Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand:

Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham

Pakistan:

Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk, c), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik

South Africa:

Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi

Sri Lanka:

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana

West Indies:

Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis.

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Aussies has clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis, the Aussies all-rounder, said the squad’s turnaround in form has occurred at the right time, just before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Aussies has clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis
Aussies have clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis

Australia had a tough 2018, but their fortunes have improved massively since the turn of the year. They beat India in India, after coming back from 2-0 down in a five-match ODI series, and followed it up with a 5-0 sweep of Pakistan in the UAE.

The eight back-to-back victories, along with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, have meant Australia is now being considered among the favorites for the CWC.

“I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us,” Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session. “We needed it. We had lost a lot of matches over the last year or so. Everybody started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a squad.”

The improvement of fortunes may seem sudden, but Stoinis said it was a gradual process. “From the external, it might look like it occurred all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details,” he said. “Even in the time we were losing, we learned a lot, started getting closer in a lot of matches.”

Stoinis was also delighted with the returns of Smith and Warner from their respective 12-month bans over the ball-tampering scandal last year. Both batsmen have lit up the IPL this year, with Warner leading the charts with 574 runs in 10 outings, with a century and seven half-centuries.

“It returns are a massive boost,” said Stoinis. “People have walked up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to CWC winning combination.”

Australia will face Afghanistan in its CWC opener on 1 June in Bristol.

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Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC

Haris Sohail, the Pakistan middle-order batsman, said it was important for his team to focus on getting used to conditions during the five one-day internationals in England before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 gets underway.

Of the overseas teams, Pakistan is at the greatest advantage in terms of adapting to conditions for the World Cup as they will be facing hosts England, the No.1 team on the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings, in an ODI series days before the World Cup begins on 30 May.

Counting the sole Twenty20 International and the World Cup warm-up matches to follow, Pakistan will end up playing close to 10 matches before the World Cup starts, and want to make it count.

Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC
Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC

“The CWC is still a little while away,” said Sohail. “Earlier, we have a very important series against England. England is a quality side, the No.1 team. If we win that series, we’ll get a great deal of help in getting used to those conditions. We still have about ten matches to go before the CWC if you count all the practice matches. So we’re hopeful of getting acclimatized well and producing good results at the World Cup.”

On a personal note, Sohail is enjoying the great form and will hope to take that into the showpiece event. He goes into the England series on the back of two centuries against Australia in UAE.

“Since the Aussies series, my confidence and form are in a good place,” Haris said. “Over the past few days, I wasn’t feeling too great, but a match situation is different, and the practice match we played today, the ball felt great on the bat.”

Despite Haris Sohail scoring 291 runs at 72.75 in that series against Australia, Pakistan conceded each of the five ODIs. Some felt that part of the reason for the repeated failures was the inability of batsmen to score quickly enough. There have been concerns that the team is falling behind in that area, but Sohail downplayed those doubts.

“Cricket is a different game nowadays,” Haris said. “Now, when you’re No.3 or 4 plays big innings or get a hundred, batsmen play around him. In one day international cricket, a total above 300 is now par. Not in the UAE, where pitches are slower and you need to take more time. But definitely, that applies in countries like England. So over there, you’ll see us play more aggressively.”

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s middle-order star, is known for his more classically styled shots along the ground, but he too feels he is equipped to go big when the situation demands that of him.

Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC
Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC

“If I can be No.1 in the world without power hitting, then I don’t need power hitting,” he said. “But when I need to, I utilize it well. I don’t just play along the ground. I practice striking the ball big and when desired, I use it. My role is to play out the complete overs. My separate role is to take the innings as deep as I can and perform in a way that benefits the team most of all.”

Pakistan’s series against England will start with a one-off T2OI in Cardiff on 5 May and the all-important ODI series will begin on 8 May.

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Shoaib Malik And Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan’s CWC Squad

There are so many candidates to choose from that the only concern is who to leave out. Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, and Hasan Ali are likely guaranteed, but Pakistan has yet to choose two from Usman Shinwari, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, and Mohammad Amir. It is quite an embarrassment of riches. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Cricket World Cup Tickets online to enjoy most exciting cricket matches.

Muhammad Amir

The last name there – Amir – would not even be in the running if another bowler had his numbers over the last two years. Since the Champions Trophy final in June 2017, Amir has captured five ODI wickets in 101 bowling deferrals at an average of 92.60 per wicket. Not surprisingly, it’s the worst thing for all bowlers to have sent more than 600 balls during this period. To get an idea of ​​the seriousness of the situation, Mark Wood is the second poorest specialist among the fast players on this list. It has 20 wickets at 47.75, almost twice as much as Amir.

Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad
Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad

What Amir has for him is a savings rate of 4.58 for the same period; his career saving rate is 4.78. It should be noted that among the fast bowlers belonging to teams participating in the World Cup, only Jasprit Bumrah (4.30) has been more economical in the last two years.

Admittedly, Amir’s replacement of the fast tearaway that could pit a bowler against a pitcher who controls the course of the race was lively.

Shoaib Malik

Perhaps the most difficult question Pakistan faces is whether to bring its most experienced player to the World Cup for a swan song or not.

Shoaib Malik Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad
Shoaib Malik Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad

Only a few months ago, when Sarfraz Ahmed fought, Shoaib Malik could lead the tournament team. A defeat against South Africa in the T20I series, the victory of Australia and a mediocre campaign with Multan Sultans at the PSL have put this idea in the clear.

Malik is no longer a realistic option for bowling and has a bad record in ODI in England, averaging 13.6 with a bat in 23 innings. In the last two years, it has struggled to become the launching pad that Pakistan wants to rank fifth, the most common Malik’s strike position of the period. His strike rate of 82.11 for this period is almost identical to his career number.

Nevertheless, excluding it would be a courageous call. No other player in the tournament will boast a career begun in the previous century, and his casual attitude is unlikely to be a heavy and unwanted presence in the Pakistani locker room. And, in any case, Pakistan has a habit of ending the career of its players right after the World Cup, not just before. Malik has history on his side.

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Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

Jacques Kallis, the former South Africa all-rounder, has called for Dinesh Karthik to be included in India’s 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team
Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

Kallis is currently working with Karthik at the 2019 Indian Premier League, where he serves as head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, of which Karthik is captain.

Kallis felt Karthik would fit in well as India’s No.4. The position has been highly contentious in the build-up to the tournament, with India still looking for answers. Karthik, however, hasn’t been in the discussion.

He last played ODI cricket during India’s tour of New Zealand, and while he has been solid in the chances given to him, the performances haven’t been enough to make him stand out in a competitive pool, comprising KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant, among potentially several others.

Kallis, however, felt Karthik would be critical to India’s chances at the marquee event. “India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Kartik in the World Cup team,” he told India Today. “He has the experience and the temperament and will be critical to India’s chances. He should be looked at as the No.4 option

Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team
Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

“2019 will be the most open World Cup of all, and India certainly has the team to win it and are the favorites going into the tournament. DK is one of the best finishers I have ever seen. He has been unbelievable for KKR. To have a guy there who is going to be calm under pressure… and he is great to have in your dressing room as well.”

Echoing Kallis’ views were Kolkata team mentor Abhishek Nayar, who has had a direct influence on the wicket-keeper’s late career resurgence. Nayar put Karthik through a rigorous training programme that included a complete mental reset. It led to Karthik coming back with renewed purpose and slamming that stunning eight-ball 29* in the Nidahas Trophy final of 2018.

“I think in the past two years, he has shown us how versatile he is. He is not only a finisher but even batting up the order… I think he gives you that versatility also, being a wicket-keeper and a very good fielder,” Nayar said.

Nayar went on to say that Karthik didn’t necessarily have to be a back-up wicket-keeper and that he was good enough to make the team on his batting and fielding skills alone. “He is not only a keeper back-up but also a batsman back-up, who can come and field,” he said.

“We’ve seen how well he fields and the kind of catches he has taken. He is also ideal to bat at No.4. Because of the kind batsman he is, you can use him anywhere in the batting order. So, for me, he is someone I feel should be definitely in that World Cup squad.”

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Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

Ricky Ponting believes Australia’s big three pacers – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – should aim to play every match at both the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and the Ashes.

Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes
Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

All three bowlers have had condensed workloads heading into the CWC. Hazlewood has not played since the home series against India and Starc last played in the Tests against Sri Lanka that followed – both have since been recovering from injuries. And while Cummins was intricate in the limited-overs series in India and the UAE, he played in just one of the five ODIs against Pakistan.

Australia’s selectors are set to announce the World Cup squad on 15 April, and for all the talk of resting some of the pacers ahead of a crucial Ashes series, Ponting believes their freshness should be capitalized on at the World Cup.

“They Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins have all had reasonable lay-offs now,” Ponting, who will join the set-up as an assistant coach for the World Cup, told cricket.com.au. “I know some of them got through the summer and had injuries with Josh and Stacy of late, but that should mean they go into a World Cup very fresh.

“None of those guys will be in the IPL either, so they need to just manage [themselves] really well, with the thought of playing every game through the World Cup and the Ashes. I’m sure all those bowlers want to do that. It’s up to them to get themselves fit enough and strong enough to give themselves the best chance of being able to get through.”

However, Ponting said there was a caveat. All three don’t have to play every game – as many as 11, if Australia makes the finals – if the conditions warrant another combination. “Who knows, there might be a few games through the World Cup where it might not be the best to take those three fast bowlers into a game,” he said.

“Wicket in England might look like it will be slower and turn more, so you go in with another all-around option and/or another spinner. But the administration is going to be a key because trying to priorities a CWC over an Ashes series … it’s impossible. You’ve just got to face what you’ve got in front of you.

“The entire goal for Aus cricket right now should be to win the CWC and worry about whatever happens after that, after that.”

Australia opens its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1 June. The Ashes begins on 1 August in Birmingham, a little over two weeks after the World Cup final on 14 July.

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No Usman Khawaja in Warne’s Aussies World Cup Squad

If it were up to Shane Warne, Usman Khawaja wouldn’t be selected in Australia’s 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Khawaja is the leading run-scorer in one-day internationals in 2019, with 769 runs in 13 matches, at an average of 59.15. But despite that, Warne, tweeting out his selection of 15, left out the left-handed top-order batsman.

No Usman Khawaja in Warne's Aussies World Cup Squad
No Usman Khawaja in Warne’s Aussies World Cup Squad

Khawaja, who was elicited for Aussies’ home series against India in January after a break of nearly two years, has capitalized on the chance with six fifty-plus scores in his last 10 matches, with two hundred. His enormous form now improves to the selectors’ annoyance as they try to slot the recurring Warner and Steve Smith back into the team.

Khawaja, however, announced happy about his present run of form, saying that his emphasis was on the three residual games in the Pakistan series. “It’s World Cup an extensive way away.

Warne instead picked D’Arcy Short, who has played just four ODIs and hasn’t played one since November 2018. Short was picked to open alongside David Warner. Aaron Finch, the ODI captain, was shifted down to No.3, with Steve Smith at two-drop. No more ODI’s for Australia till the CWC19. Remember the conditions in England will be nothing like the recent tours to India and the UAE. Tough job for the selectors as players are going to miss out even though they have formed.

Peter Handscomb, another in-form player, was also left out, as was Josh Hazlewood. Shaun Marsh made the squad but found no spot in the XI.

Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey made up Warne’s middle order, with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa completing the XI.

Before announcing his pick, Warne stated that the conditions in England and Wales must be kept in mind while considering any squad.

Cricket Australia is expected to announce its World Cup squad by 23 April, but with over 20 players in contention for the 15 spots, competition is tight.

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Umer, Wahab Omitted from list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team

Pak national selection board has invited 23 players to complete a fitness test ahead of the declaration of their team for this summer’s Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. On the other hand, the community who love their favorite team they are booking Cricket World Cup 2019 Tickets

The 23 ‘probable’ will undertake the tests at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore across the 15-16 April, with the squad then announced on 18 April. There are some prominent names included and excluded from the list of Pakistan squad for CWC 2019.

Several players who made their ODI debuts against Australia in Pakistan’s most recent ODI engagement have found favor, including Mohammad Abbas, who has excelled in Test cricket in recent times, S Masood, who got a maiden one day international half-century in the final match of the Australia series, and Mohammad Hasnain, who Shane Watson described as the fast teen he had ever batted against after facing him in the Pakistan Super League.

Umer, Wahab Omitted from list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team
Umer, Wahab Omitted from the list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team

However, Saad Ali, who scored 11 runs across his first two ODIs, has been left out, as has Umar Akmal, who passed 30 three times against Australia without going onto a half-century. Still only 28 years old, he is a one-day international veteran, with over 3000 runs and 121 caps to his name, and demonstrated his form with scores of 136* and 99 runs in his most current two innings in the Pakistan Cup.

Also left out was Wahab Riaz, who hasn’t played a one day international since 2017 but starred for Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Probable Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah

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Pak among the favorites for the title’ –Inzamam on CWC hopes

Inzamam, Pakistan’s chief selector trusts that the No.6-ranked ODI side ‘will be among the favorites’ to win the Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan’s opening fixture in the Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on 31 May, against West Indies. Previous to the start of the Cricket World Cup, they will tour England for a five-match one-day international series and one-off T20I.

The side’s most recent limited-overs task came in the UAE against Aussies, in which they yielded to a 5-0 defeat. With a number of steady fixtures in the side given a rest, one-day international debuts were handed to a number of players across the series: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Saad Ali, Mohammad Abbas, and Mohammad Hasnain.

In spite of the whitewash, when speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Inzamam designated at some positive results from the final two games of the series.

The fourth one day international saw Abid hit a century on his 1st international cricket match, while Pak fell 20 runs short in the final game, with U Shinwari picking up 4-49 and H Sohail hitting a 129 runs-ball 130.

Pak among the favorites for the title’ –Inzamam on CWC hopes
Pak among the favorites for the title’ –Inzamam on CWC hopes

“Against Aussies, we had relaxed seven of our main players,” said Inzamam, “and in the last two matches we had rested around 10 of our main players but the squad still fought hard in those games and that is a very good sign for me and Pakistan.

“I am self-assured we will pick a very good team for the Cricket World Cup 2019 and Pakistan will be among the favorites for the CWC title.

“These players needed rest before the Cricket World Cup and we have a frantic schedule in England going into the contest that is why we rested them and we also wanted to try out our bench strong point.”

Pakistan’s next international game will be against England in a T20I at Cardiff on 5 May 2019.

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