Dale Steyn is fast bowler of South Africa cricket team, planning to retire from One Day International and T20 format after the Cricket World Cup 2019. Steyn is disappointed by a lot of injuries over the last couple of years he counts these injuries a bad-luck for him.
Steyn said that “I will be trying to get to that World Cup. But after the World Cup, I don`t see myself playing white-ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40.”
he said that “I hope that will be my trump card when the selection comes to the World Cup. I may not necessarily play all the time.But I think my experience will help, with me just being there.”
“Wickets are something that`s not guaranteed. I`m happy with that I came out 100% fitness wise. That`s the biggest cloud I have gotten over, especially the last two years.”
He played last ODI series about 2 years ago against Australia in 2016. South Africa cricket team coach Ottis Gibson has not picked him in ODIs and make him clear that he should focus on red-ball fitness. Steyn said that he would love to continue his Test cricket career after World Cup 2019.
Paul Farbrace decided to step out as England assistant coach in the next few weeks before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and he announced that he is going to take the role of sporting director at Warwickshire. After England`s Caribbean tour he announced to start his new job and during the Cricket World Cup 2019, he will not stay with them that was a really hardest decision for him.
He got several proposals from different countries and choose one of the best opportunity which suites him. Warwickshire gives the opportunity and showed their interest in me that was really tough for me to decide that, grab the opportunity or left it.
Farbrace said it has been a great experience of working with extraordinary players and world-class coaches. I love to achieve success and have a brilliant experience to be a part of the development of fantastic players.
Paul Farbrace said, “I am very grateful for the opportunity that Warwickshire`s Chairman Norman Gascoigne and Chief Executive Neil Snowball have offered me and I am looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career development.”
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Trafalgar Square in London marked 100 Day Countdown to Cricket World Cup 2019. Historic monument of Nelson’s Column was transformed into giant wickets to signify the milestone. ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour driven by Nissan has started 100-day journey of England and Wales. CWC Trophy will travel to over 100 events around 115 places across the host country. The Trophy Tour will visit all host cities of the CWC19. Trophy will be transported in 100% electric Nissan LEAF. Cricket World Cup 2019 is set to take place from 30th May to 14th July 2019.
Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square commemorates Admiral Horatio Nelson. It was a befitting start to 100-day countdown to CWC 2019. Nelson’s Column became part of giant wickets to celebrate the moment. Clive Lloyd, Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Nasser Hussain, UK sports minister Mims Davies and other personalities participated in the marquee event. Cricket lovers in England and Wales will get once in generation opportunity to witness world’s greatest cricket players in action at home.
Steve Elworthy, Managing Director of CWC 2019 said: “The tournament is within touching distance now and it’s amazing to see the takeover of the iconic London location of Trafalgar Square to mark 100 days to go! This really puts the tournament at the front of mind for the fans both here and around the world. This ambitious launch demonstrates the lengths we will go to in making this tournament the most memorable ever – one that will inspire excitement among players and spectators alike around the world. To launch the domestic leg of our Trophy Tour in such a landmark location is fantastic, and we’ll visit many more memorable places as we engage with millions of people across England and Wales in the next 100 days.”
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson stated: “Years of planning goes into the delivery of an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, but the excitement becomes real with 100 days to go and the arrival of the trophy on the shores of England and Wales. Transforming one of London’s most famous landmarks into giant wickets is a wonderful way to kick start the celebrations for what I know will be the greatest ever celebration of cricket for hundreds of millions of fans around the world.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!”
Former Proteas captain Shaun Pollock trusts host country England and in-form India who are No 1 and No 2 respectively on the ICC ODI rankings are favourites to win the Cricket World Cup 2019. Pollock shared his words standing together with the Cricket World Cup trophy in Johannesburg during the South African leg of the ICC’s ‘trophy tour’ an inventiveness used by the ICC to raise responsiveness for the event taking place in England and Wales from 30 May – 14 July.
‘There are only 10 teams, and each team plays each other before the semi-finals, but I think there will only be about six teams capable of really competing for the trophy,’
Australia fought recently, but I believe the reappearance of Steve Smith and David Warner will make a big change. New Zealand are currently playing good cricket but I do think India and England are the favourites to win the event.’
In all seven previous Cricket World Cups with Pollock elaborated in four of them through his memorable career spanning 303 ODI’s on behalf of South Africa – the Proteas have unsuccessful to get past the semi-final stage, but Pollock has slight hopes for his countrymen, who are currently just below England and India in third place on the ICC ODI rankings.
‘South Africa will believe they can make the semi-finals, and from there anything can happen,’ he said.
Jimmy Neesham is taking a diverse approach in his quest for selection as the 2019 edition appears. In 2015, Neesham was a surprise slip from the squad but his treasures look rosier this time, mainly thanks to a transformed mentality. Evoked for last month’s series against Sri Lanka after 18 months away from international cricket, the all-rounder is pushing less burden on himself to perform.
Additionally, he believes his practices from four years ago have him in a much restored place.
“I’ve done it before — it’s a bit like Groundhog Day from four years ago with that World Cup race, and I think having that experience of desperately wanting to make a team for a big tournament and missing out, it puts me in good stead this time around,” said Neesham.
“I’ve probably been putting less pressure on myself to succeed. I remember four years ago, we had a one-day series in the UAE and it felt that every game was make or break as far as the World Cup spot went, and I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed every innings.
“I know coming into this tournament, it’s about accepting what comes. If the runs and wickets come, they do, if they don’t, so be it.
“I know what not to do and what not to focus on. For me, my attitude for the whole season has been ‘I won’t make it’, so what’s the point of stressing about it? I’m not going to change that mindset, it’s obviously been working so far.”
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 have revealed the uniform that will be worn by their volunteer workforce at this year’s competition. Over 4,000 volunteers will wear the particularly designed uniforms at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The kit will make the World Cup Cricketeers rapidly familiar to the hundreds of thousands attending the World Cup 2019.
Cricket World Cup 2019 Volunteers Head, Mary Cahill: “The World Cup Cricketeers will be the go-to people for those needing assistance and this uniform will help them stand out from the crowd”
All volunteers will receive a bespoke polo shirt, softshell jacket, trousers, belt, cap, backpack and water bottle, as well as a pair of accompanying New Balance coaches.
The kits were intended in line with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 brand, which is reinforced by bold easiness. The use of ‘Royal’ and ‘Spring’ colours gives the volunteers an exclusive image which will support to make them easily recognisable. The same colours will also be used for wayfinding signs and instructions throughout Host Venues and cities at CWC19, offering a smooth viewer journey when looking for info and assistance.
“We’re delighted to be able to share the stand-out uniform designs with those who will be wearing them this summer and hope they share our excitement about being the face of this summer’s World Cup.
“The World Cup Cricketeers will be the go-to people for those needing assistance at the Cricket World Cup, and the uniform helps set them out from the crowd, easily identifiable for anyone who requires assistance.”
Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, has said they want to “identify their strengths” and “try different blends” in the one-day international series against South Africa to find the right XI ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Pakistan are fifth on the ICC ODI Team Rankings and will use the South Africa series, as well as the ODIs against England to follow to fine-tune their planning for the premier tournament, which to starts on 30 May.
The team last gained the World Cup back in 1992, but their success in England, where they raised the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and reached the World Cup final in 1999, should give them assurance.
“We have to identify our strengths ahead of the World Cup for which we will be trying different combinations in this series,” Sarfaraz said on Friday, 18 January, ahead of the opening ODI against South Africa.
After a 3-0 defeat against the Proteas in the Test series, the visitors are intense to turn the tables in the shorter formats of the game. The captain believed batting first and putting up a good total was key to that.
“It is necessary to get runs while batting in the first innings. If a touring team is able to do that, they win matches,” he said. “Four of our five matches are day/night encounters. The teams prefer to bat first here, like India did [last year], as it gets difficult to bat under lights.”