Finch is all set to bat down the order at World Cup

Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is ready to lower himself to aid Australia’s title protection at the CWC in England and Wales this year. Fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and hoping for the Australia to perform well in the tournament.

Finch and U Khawaja have had success as a pair at the top of the order newly, with partnerships of 83, 193 and 76 in the India series. They are also predictable to open together in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, which is starting in Sharjah on Friday, 22 March.

Finch has opened for Baggy Greens in 98 of his 100 ODI innings. That contains a successful partnership with David Warner in the 2015 CWC, which Australia won after beating New Zealand in the final at Melbourne.

Finch has struggled for form lately. In eight ODI innings this year, he has counted only 183 runs at an average of 22.87. He partially addressed those anxieties in the series against India, when he collides with 93 in the third ODI in Ranchi.

Finch is all set to bat down the order at World Cup
Finch is all set to bat down the order at World Cup

 

Though, with Khawaja in enormous form he was the highest run scorer in the series against India, with two centuries and two fifties – and Warner’s awaiting return, Finch’s place at the top isn’t secure.

 “If that means me batting at six, I will comfortably do that. If it’s at the top, three or four – it doesn’t matter,” he said.

 

Finch is all set to bat down the order at World Cup
Finch is all set to bat down the order at World Cup

“Personal consequences aren’t what this side is about. I think that’s what has made our development as affected and quick as it has been. If you go in just exclusively focused on scoring a hundred or thinking, ‘if I bat at five, I’m not going to get a hundred, I don’t get enough opportunity’, that’s not what is best.”

 

While the yields of Warner and Steve Smith add to Australia’s selection annoyances ahead of the CWC, Finch is predictable to lead them at the pavilion event. Having led Australia to a famous series win in India, Finch took core from the success and supposed he has the game to work past his recent failings.

“Some people would have occupied a bit more notice over the last couple of weeks,” he said. “I still feel really good with my game … my pace is there. There have maybe been some times where you start hesitant your method. For me, it’s about going back to what’s functioned for me in the past.”

 

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CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

Aussies fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile be familiar with of one certain method to get himself in the playing team for the CWC2019 – taking wickets. Coulter-Nile will have a chance to do that when the first of five one-day internationals begins in Sharjah on Friday, 22 March. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile
CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

There is strong race for the fast-bowling spots in the Aussies squad – Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, sideways with Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff are all competing for them.

Coulter-Nile, though, isn’t too worried about it.

 “The World Cup is always going to be spoken about. It’s around the corner, people are vying for selection,” he said on Wednesday.

CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile
CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

 “Practically, to get selected, you have to perform. So that’s the easy method to do – go out and perform. You don’t need to worry about if you’re getting picked or not if you’re picking wickets. It’s only when you’re not taking wickets or you’re not making runs that you worry about it.”

The 31-year-old also worried that there was no competition between the fast bowlers and that the team came first.

 “Everyone’s performing, that’s why we’re winning. But even when someone has a bad day, they’re really supportive of other blokes who have had a good day,” he said.

CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile
CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

“It’s fantastic to see. I don’t think it’s an aware struggle that anyone makes. Just think its good companion’s backup each other. I don’t think anyone goes out there thinking, ‘I’m not going to worry about selection’. It’s just the way everyone is; they’re all just decent people.”

Coulter-Nile has had a strong few weeks. He’s impressed since returning to the Aussies set-up for the tour to India. Before the tour, he had voiced foiling at “mixed messages” from the choosers. He also had a rapid attack of vertigo during the BBL and needed to be hospitalized.

Coulter-Nile is still trying to find the reason for that.

“I haven’t had a chance (to do that) – I saw a vestibular physic and an ear-nose-and-throat specialist, but they didn’t really give me much,” he said.

“I’ll get through this series, go home and … I want to know the cause of why it happened. Because if I can stop it, I will, but it’s happened twice in eight years, so it’s not like it is a continuing issue for me.”

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Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI
Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

If David Warner and Steven Smith reappearing to the Australia team for the CWC, will there still be room for Khawaja in the XI? He is the star of the 3-2 ODI series win in India and Ricky Ponting positively desires that to occur, saying that Khawaja, if compulsory, could even drop down to No. 3 to put up Warner at his favored place at the top of the order. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Cricket World Cup  Final Tickets.

Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI
Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

“I think we all saw, over the past few weeks, just how skilled a player U Khawaja is and can be, and I think when you realize him play like that, it just makes you marvel why he doesn’t do it a bit more frequently. I think that’s the unsatisfactory thing as far as he is concerned,” Ponting said

 

“I would be astonished if Khawaja wasn’t in the squad. Warner and he can be in the same team; they might not certainly play in the same XI. Or who knows, they could, you know: Khawaja could possibly slot down at three when Warner comes in, and Steven Smith might bat at four or five or something, just to coast up those central overs.”

 

“I would envisage that Aaron Finch would be inclined on Steven Smith a lot for a bit of information, maybe leading into the competitions, as far as their training and everything is worried, and maybe a bit of information and knowledge as the game is being played”  Ricky Ponting

 

“Back down to 15, it’s a good place for the side to be in. Gratefully I’m not a selector, because that’s going to be a tough job,” he said.

 

Ponting said he was “pretty sure” Finch would lead Australia at the CWC, adding that he should make use of Smith’s occurrence on the field when essential.

“It’s humorous how quickly things can change. Two weeks ago, not a single person in the world would have given Australia a chance of winning the CWC. On the back of three really good wins over here, everyone’s speaking about Australia again,” Ponting said.

 

“What’s occurred of late, I don’t think any team will be taking Australia for settled, as they won’t take India for settled on the back of losing that series? Everyone’s building a lot about the outcome from Australia and being a bit more negative towards India. There’s no need for that at all. Whatever position they have up for grabs in their batting order the No. 4 batsman, they will fill that with a excellence player. And they will go into the CWC as one of the favorites, if not the favorite.”

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Wickets mural to disclose in Southampton for followers to win CWC Tickets

Fans in Southampton could win tickets to the England v West Indies contest at the CWC 2019, as the ‘Wickets’ clash hits the streets of England and Wales. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.

Wickets mural to disclose in Southampton for followers to win CWC Tickets
Wickets mural to disclose in Southampton for followers to win CWC Tickets

Opening off today in Southampton, every one of the ten Host Cities will be set up a bespoke mural including a set of cricket wickets in an iconic position. The murals will display what makes their individual cities unique and will accord with the arrival of the CWC 2019Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan.

The fresco in Southampton is next to the Bargate Memorial, and cricket lovers have the chance to win two tickets to England v West Indies by posting an image of the fresco along with the hash tag #CWC19Southampton. A winning ticket will be chosen by the CWC19 team and rewarded with the tickets.

Talking at the mural unveiling in Southampton, England former bowler Phil Tufnell, said that: “The frescoes will create a lot of tinkle in each of the CWC host Cities and offer a great method to raise alertness with new and prevailing fans that the event is happening.

“This a fantastic chance to gather energy and enjoyment around the contest and for followers to win tickets to one of the major contests at the CWC. I’m sure all followers in Southampton would love to see England go up against Chris Gayle and the West Indies! If the current series is anything to go by, I’m sure that contest will be a cracker.”

England Former pacer Chris Tremlett was also in presence and added: “The hype and excitement is really starting to ramp up now. Beginnings such as the mural placements will only raise interest locally as fans countdown the days to the start of the competition.

“This summer will be one to savor for cricket followers around the world and Southampton City have a big role to play as a Host City of the CWC. Tickets are rapid off the defers and by sharing the picture of this mural on social media two fans could fulfill a lifetime fantasy and attend a CWC match featuring the host nation England.”

The UK component to the ‘Wickets’ promotion follows the World wide Wickets promotion last week, which has seen followers from around the world share images and videos of where and how they play cricket around the world.

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Mitchell Johnson Picks Maxwell As Captain In His World Cup 2019 Squad

Australia is still probing for the right equilibrium to their one-day squad going into the World Cup and players who will robust the system once David Warner and Steve Smith revisit. They might also be looking at captaincy options as Aaron Finch struggled to score a run in the summer and the hovering duo might not be handed leadership roles as soon as they return.

Mitchell Johnson Picks Maxwell As Captain In His World Cup 2019 Squad
Mitchell Johnson Picks Maxwell As Captain In His World Cup 2019 Squad

Mitchell Johnson, the former Australian leader, propose Glenn Maxwell would fit the bill of captain and that will also help him established as a batsman. “My decision to pick Glenn Maxwell as captain might lift up eyebrows,” Johnson wrote for Perth Now.

Glenn Maxwell is at this time the captain of his Big Bash franchise Melbourne Stars and has also led teams in the Indian Premier League with Johnson in the side. So he has the skill and the game sense according to the 37-year-old.

“He might not be your distinctive first-choice captain, though clearly, Melbourne Stars have seen something in Maxwell. Leadership has helped to settle him and bring the best out of him.

“I think we need our sportsmen to have a certain occurrence and have the confidence to give their opinion in a team environment and he absolutely does that. More importantly, Maxwell is a cricket dreadful who loves the game and thinks deeply about it.”

“I spent a lot of time with Glenn Maxwell in the IPL at both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab and he was always very oral in team meetings… particularly with planning such as fielding positions for specific players. He knows opposition players very well and he doesn’t forget much.

“He reads the game well and that’s necessary for a captain. Maxwell is not a leader who will just let things roll on, either. He thinks outside the square.”

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Top 10 Players who would be Playing their Last Cricket World Cup

After this year`s World Cup some of the legends are expected to retire from the ODI matches. Here is a list of top players who would be playing their last World Cup.

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Hashim Amla:

Hashim is a South African cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and holds the record of highest Test score in his team which is 311 not out.

Shoaib Malik:

Malik is a Pakistani cricketer, he made his ODI debut in 1999. On November 2015 he announced his retirement from Test Cricket. On July 2019 he became the first cricketer to play 100 T20Is.

Mashrafe Mortaza:

Mortaza is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He used to be considered one of the fastest bowlers produced by Bangladesh.

Dale Steyn:

Steyn is a South African cricketer. Who plays all format game. He declared as the greatest fast bowler of all time.

Shaun Marsh:

Shaun is an Australian cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman. He contributed in Test, ODI and Twenty20.

Lasith Malinga:

Malinga is a professional Sri Lanka cricketer and current ODI captain for Sri Lanka. He bowls right-arm fast-medium.

Faf du Plessis:

He is a South African cricketer and the current captain of the South Africa national team. He is a right-handed middle order batsman.

Ross Taylor:

Taylor is a New Zealand cricketer. He is considered as one of the greatest batsmen of his team.

Chris Gayle:

Gayle plays international cricket for the West Indies. He becomes the first batsman in World Cup history to score a double century when he reached 200 of 138.

MS Dhoni:

Dhoni is an Indian cricketer. He is an attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper.

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India’s best possible squad for ICC Cricket World 2019

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is around the corner and the cricket radicals are keen to know which players will be qualified in the final squad for the much-awaited cricketing event.

This time the format of the tournament has changed and each side will have to face every other participating nation at least once, which makes the competition a lot harder for the teams to qualify for the knockouts. The Indian cricket team will begin their World Cup journey from 5th of June and will face South Africa.

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India Cricket World Cup

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be the openers, followed by Indian captain Virat Kohli at one-down and Ambati Rayadu at 4. The idea of Virat Kohli batting at 4 will be risky and might prove to be difficult. As far as a backup opener is concerned, Kohli or Rayadu can play the role if needed.

Since many teams would not like to waste a critical spot in the fifteen having a backup opener warming the bench all through the tournament, a mutable batsman would be a better choice.

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India Cricket World Cup

MS Dhoni is incomparable behind the stumps and his batting form in 2019 has been considerable. In addition to this, he could be the match winner in the side.

Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are the all-rounders in the XI and Ravindra Jadeja is as a backup. Jadeja is a great fielder, bowler and a handy batsman and has good experience of playing in England.

India has the best bowling lineup in the tournament. Their spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are extremely operative in the middle overs. Bhuvaneswar Kumar, Jasprit Bumah, and Mohammed Shami will fulfill the pace deficiency. Umesh Yadav would be the fourth pacer as he is more experienced.

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Chris Gayle To Retire from ODIs After Cricket World Cup 2019

Chris Gayle has publicized that he will retire from One-day Internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England and Wales. The 39-year-old veteran batsman had been recalled by the West indies Cricket for the first two ODIs against England in training for this year’s World Cup. Chris Gayle last played for the team against Bangladesh last July.

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West indies cricket World Cup

Gayle having the West Indian record for most ODI hundreds with 23 centuries and is their second leading run-scorer in the ODI format with 9,727 runs. His 215 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup also signifies the highest limited overs score by a West Indies batsman.

Last year, Gayle had levelled Pakistan star Shahid Afridi’s record of the greatest number of sixes in a career in all three international formats joint. Both batsmen have 476 sixes well forward of the next best, Brendon McCullum at 398 sixes. Gayle, however, attained the feat in 443 matches while Afridi touched the mark in 524 games. Afridi hit 351 sixes in ODIs, 73 sixes in T20Is and 52 in Tests. Gayle has smashed 275 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 in test format.

“We welcome the return of Chris Gayle who missed the last two series and Ashley Nurse from injury. We are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to the ODI cricket for the first time,” Windies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne had said.

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MS Dhoni to retire after World Cup 2019? Chief Selector MSK Prasad Says

Talking about his form, Prasad said that Dhoni’s output with the bat will only rise with the number of matches he plays and hence, the IPL is a great chance for him to find the furrow yet again.

The position of MS Dhoni to this Indian team which gets ready for the World Cup is not a veiled secret anymore and everyone from the head coach, to the captain and the players, have spoken about the character of Dhoni in the side.

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India Cricket World Cup Tickets

“We have definitely not discussed this. Because prior to such a big tournament, I do not think it is wise to get distracted, since all energies are geared towards preparing well for the World Cup,” he said in a conversation with ESPNCricinfo.

Speaking about his form, Prasad said that Dhoni’s productivity with the bat will only increase with the number of matches he plays and hence, the IPL is a great opportunity for him to find the groove yet again.

“Importantly, before India head to the World Cup, he will be playing the IPL. So, he will be playing in 14-16 matches – all high-intensity games. That will only help him extend that form he has caught on the Australia and New Zealand tours. I am very happy with his batting,” he further added.

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Australia can win ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shane Warne

India have been great in the limited overs format since the Champions Trophy 2017. Out of the ten ODI’s series they have played since the June 18 final, India have won a striking 9. In 2019 also, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India have managed to trump the vast Australians and New Zealand in their own yards. The only series that India have lost since the Champions Trophy was against England in 2018.

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Australia World Cup Tickets

Most of the enthusiasts and experts are already tagging India as the preferences to lift the World Cup trophy in May. Australian legend Shane Warne also believes that India and home team England go in as “hot favourites” into the World Cup. Having said that, the leg spinner is also confident that Australia still have a chance to secure their title, even though their recent performances have been disappointing.

“As I’m putting my world cup squad together for my column, I really believe Australia can win it again. As we have the players for the conditions, match winners etc. I think England & India go in as hot favourites, but if the selectors play their part – then the Aussies can 100% win!”

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