Chris Jordan, England’s forgotten World Cup option?

While in the recent month all the talk has been of Jofra Arche’s chances of forcing his way into England’s Cricket World Cup squad, there is another bowler who might be worth further deliberation.

Chris Jordan, England's forgotten World Cup option?
Chris Jordan, England’s forgotten World Cup option?

But, as he manifests in the 1st T20 International of the series against West Indies, Jordan residue a highly skilled and qualified cricketer who could just be at the crest of his powers. Fans have bought their cricket world cup tickets and looking for Chris Jordan to play in the squad.

Taking the wicket of Chris Gayle was his key contribution in this game. That was a exploit that proved of his England equals for much of the ODI series (to be fair, they dismissed him in every innings but not before he had thrashed them into the stands a few times) and the manner in which he did so a well-intended  yorker just wide of off stump – recommended he had some skills which could prove priceless. Remember, England’s seamers appeared either unwilling or unable to bowl the delivery on demand in the ODI series so Jordan’s manifestation may have been timely. He had also rushed Gayle with a well-intended bouncer.

So confused by Jordan’s well-camouflaged slower delivery was Bravo, a skilled player, that he could only serve the ball into the air. Jordan, representing another part of his game that might give him an edge, made good ground and clung on to a one-handed diving catch. It was a reminder, if any were required, that he may be the best fielder vacant to England. Having such a player in the squad – even if they don’t make the XI – must be useful.

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India to Play New Zealand and Bangladesh in World Cup Warm-up Clash

India will play New Zealand and Bangladesh in the two executive warm-up games in front of the 2019 World Cup. The two matches will be played at The Oval on May 25 and May 28 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff in that order.

India to Play New Zealand and Bangladesh in World Cup Warm-up Clash
India to Play New Zealand and Bangladesh in World Cup Warm-up Clash

The two games will be the final boost for the team before their main tournament opener against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl for which people are rushing to purchase cricket world cup tickets.

The official warm-up games will be played at the four venues – Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton and The Oval between May 24-28 with each team has chosen two games. The games will not be Concede official ODI status with teams permitted to field all members of their 15-member squads.

“It is always a huge milestone circulate a thrilling warm-up program for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as it really highlights just how close we are to the action getting in evolution this,” Steve Elworthy, managing director of the tournament said.

“These games pledge another fantastic opportunity for followers to see world class players at their local venue and allows the tournament to engage local schools and communities with another chance to get concerned with the Cricket World Cup.”

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West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 – Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo, the former West Indies all-rounder is very intimidated by his old team’s latest performances and believes they will be “a threat to all teams” at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Chris Gayle, set to take your leave after the World Cup, was the star of the series for the home side, along with the likes of Darren Bravo and Jason Holder, the captain, but the biggest deduct for Bravo was the performance of the youngsters.

West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo
West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo

The likes of Shai Hope, Shimrom Hetmyer and Oshane Thomas all chipped in at different points during the series, and Bravo said it was a sign that the team was mounting, and that they would cause problems for more recognized names at the World Cup.

“I have talked to Captain Jason Holder and others and I consider this team will be a threat to all teams in the World Cup which is going to be a very open tournament this time. Anyone can do well on a given day, but I feel positive about West Indies as we see a good mix of experience and youth.”

West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo
West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo

Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket in October last year and is currently a casual T20 all-rounder. He has won two ICC Men’s T20 World Cups with West Indies but says he is enjoying the present segment of his career, playing for T20 franchises the world over.

Bravo Said, for me, this is a game I was born to play as a kid.It was my childhood dream to play. I am happy playing it, fans come to watch us and get entertained.

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Ponting named Australia assistant coach for Cricket World Cup 2019

Ricky Ponting has been named as Australia’s assistant coach for the World Cup the day after David Saker leaves the position. Ponting, the former Australia captain who led the team to two World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007, will take up his responsibility after the imminent series against India and Pakistan with present batting coach Graeme Hick shifted to focus on arrangements for the Ashes.

Ricky Ponting has been named as Australia's assistant coach for the World Cup the day after David Saker leaves the position.
Ricky Ponting has been named as Australia’s assistant coach for the World Cup the day after David Saker leaves the position.

Ponting, the former Australia captain who led the team to two World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007, will take up his responsibility after the imminent series against India and Pakistan with present batting coach Graeme Hick shifted to focus on arrangements for the Ashes.

His selection follows the comments of CEO Kevin Roberts to ESPNcricinfo on Thursday that he was intense to occupy more former players in short-term coaching roles. Ponting has formerly been concerned with the national side in that ability, but working at the World Cup will be the highest profile role he has had with Australia since concluding his playing profession.

“I’m really thrilled to be joining the coaching group for this year’s World Cup,” Ponting said. “I’ve enjoyed my earlier short-term roles with the ODI and T20 Teams but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me.”

“I have enormous assurance in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team, in this year’s World Cup.”

Head coach Justin Langer, who has had to compact with the dearth of Steven Smith and David Warner from Australia’s batting ranks during his first nine months in the job, believes Ponting will have value diagonally all aspects of the team.

“Ricky knows what’s mandatory to win World Cups, and I know he will be a precious guide to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our consideration on shielding our World Cup title,” he said. “Ricky and I have worked together with the Australian Men’s Team in the past, he is a predominantly driven coach who is fully invested in the players progress and humanizing Australian cricket.”

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Imran Tahir to Retire from ODIs after Cricket World Cup 2019

South Africa bowler Imran Tahir has decided to quit ODI Cricket after 2019 ICC World Cup. He has played in 95 ODIs and has took 156 wickets at 24.56 average. Tahir will continue playing in T20 internationals and franchise cricket afterwards. He wants to represent Proteas till T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia at least. South Africa are confident that Imran Tahir can play important role in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Imran Tahir said in a press release issued by Cricket South Africa: “I have always wanted to play in the World Cup. It would be a great achievement for me to play for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup, that is why I am contracted until then. After that, Cricket South Africa has allowed me to go and play around the world in various leagues but I would also love to play T20 cricket for South Africa. I think I have the ability and can play a role in T20 cricket for South Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Imran Tahir to quit ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup
Imran Tahir to quit ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

Pakistan born spinner Imran Tahir made debut for Proteas in ODIs during Cricket World Cup 2011. He finished as second-highest wicket-taker of his team with 14 wickets at 3.79 economy rate. He became the fastest South African to reach 100 ODI wickets. He became the joint-fastest Proteas bowler along Allan Donald and Morne Morkel to take 150 ODI wickets in 89 matches. He has also played 20 Tests taking 57 wickets. He has appeared in 37 T20Is so far grabbing 62 wickets to date for South Africa.

Imran Tahir further stated: “I would love to play for as long as I can, but there is a stage in your life where you have to make big decisions. This is one of those big decisions, it is definitely the biggest decision of my life. I also feel there are a couple of good spinners in the country who need the opportunity. We are fighting for the same spot, but looking to the future, they will have more opportunities to play for South Africa.”

ICC World Cup 2019: Sunil Gavaskar Predicts the Finalists Of The Tournament

What’s the story?

Former Indian opener turned cricket expert Sunil Gavaskar predicted the finalists of the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019 yesterday at the India Today Conclave 2019. Gavaskar, along with Australian legends Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke, was present at the occasion where all the 3 experts chose their finalists for the mega-event.

ICC World Cup 2019 India's lack of lower order munitions should be a cause for concern
ICC World Cup 2019 India’s lack of lower order munitions should be a cause for concern

The Background

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is under 3 months away from today and a lot of cricket experts had earlier chosen their favourites for the multi-national tournament. Two days ago, AB de Villiers picked India, Australia, Pakistan, England, and South Africa as the top contenders of the World Cup trophy. And yesterday, Sunil Gavaskar, Matthew Hayden, and Michael Clarke also revealed their choices for the 2019 World Cup.

The heart of the matter

Predicting the finalists of the 2019 World Cup, Gavaskar said that,

“It certainly is an India vs England final. I think the best thing for Virat is that he has got MS Dhoni around him – Virat has to be in the deep, it’s not always possible that’s when MSD comes into play. That is Virat’s biggest plus.”

He has got a bowling attack which can take wickets in any kind of surroundings. England and India are currently ranked at no.1 and no.2 positions respectively in the ICC ODI rankings. While India has won 2 World Cups thus far, the hosts of the upcoming World Cup, England are yet to lift the trophy even once.

What’s next?

Looking at both the teams’ recent form, a lot of experts have picked India and England as the favourites to lift the World Cup at Lord’s however, only time will tell which team prevails when it matters the most.

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ICC MEN’S Cricket World Cup 2019 Warns Against Bogus Lottery Scam

The ICC is warning fans against cheats claiming to be related with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Previous major sporting events have also been battered in this way. Prohibited scammers contact people, usually via email, claiming that they have won a cash prize via a lottery or race and demanding the person to share a range of personal information, including their name, age, bank account details. The victim is often asked to pay a fee to find the prize money.

ICC MEN’S Cricket World Cup 2019 Warns Against Bogus Lottery Scam Tickets
ICC MEN’S Cricket World Cup 2019 Warns Against Bogus Lottery Scam

The ICC stress there is no such competition, lottery or promotion associated with ICC or the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

The ICC or CWC19 will never enquire for confidential information of this kind from you in an email.Online resources are available to give advice if you have received a similar correspondence or have retorted to a potential scam. If you are unsure whether you have been a victim of fraud.

Action Fraud recommendations:

  • Never answer to any such statement. If you haven’t registered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operatives who ask for fees to gather winnings. Any request for fee payment is a good suggestion that someone is trying to defraud you.
  • Never, ever release your bank details or pay fees in advance.
  • If an email address has been provided to respond to, be very distrustful of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
  • Unaffected lotteries flourish on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a surreptitious, it’s likely to be a fraud.

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Chris Gayle reconsiders Retirement after superb England ODI series

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is thinking about un-retiring after good performance in the ODI series against England. Gayle had decided to retire from ODI cricket after the 2019 edition of CWC. But recent attacking form has made him consider about not hanging boots, if his fitness permits. Such was his batting form that he is pondering to hold retirement plan. Windies hope that Chris Gayle can play important role in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Chris Gayle completes 10000 ODI runs and reconsiders Retirement after CWC 2019
Chris Gayle completes 10000 ODI runs and reconsiders Retirement after CWC 2019

Chris Gayle said about his retirement plans: “I just have to work on the body and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle. Things change quickly. Hopefully the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. What’s the matter with the body? I’m nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We’ll see. We’ll take it slowly.”

Gayle has scored 347 runs from three innings in one day internationals versus England at 115.66 average and 120.06 strike rate. He has registered two centuries and one fifty in current series. He scored 135 runs from 129 balls, with 12 sixes and three fours. He anchored a fifty in the second match. He smashed 162 runs from 97 balls, with the help of 14 sixes and 11 fours. Chris Gayle became second batsman from West Indies to cross 10,000 ODI runs after Brian Lara. He is the only second batsman to hit 300 sixes in ODIs, after Shahid Afridi of Pakistan.

Chris Gayle further stated: “I’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket, so it’s always going to be a difficult coming back into 50 over cricket. But eventually the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format. To get the 10,000-run milestone is a great feeling. I’ve done it in T20 as well. It’s a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb.”

Buttler 150 overshadows Gayle 162 as England lead ODIs 2-1 against West Indies

England scored 418/6 in fourth ODI on 27th February 2019 at St George’s in Grenada. Jos Buttler smashed career best 150 runs. English captain Eoin Morgan hit 103, while openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow registered 82 and 52 runs respectively. West Indies came very close to chasing target with Chris Gayle’s 162 runs. Darren Bravo put on 61 runs, while Carlos Brathwaite’s 50 and Ashley Nurse’s 43 were other major contributions for the Caribbean team. England earned victory by 29 runs thanks to Adil Rashid’s five-for and Mark Wood’s four-for. ODI series between West Indies and England is offering adequate preparation for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with hard fought matches.

Buttler 150 trumps Gayle 162 as England lead ODI series 2-1 vs West Indies
Buttler 150 trumps Gayle 162 as England lead ODI series 2-1 vs West Indies

English openers Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales compiled 100 runs partnership to lay strong base. England skipper Eoin Morgan continued momentum with 88 balls century after the departure of Hales and Bairstow. 204 runs stand between Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan helped his team compile a mammoth total. England smoked 24 sixes to break record of most ODI sixes in an innings. 46 total sixes clobbered by England and West Indies easily surpassed record of most sixes in a match.

West Indies were motoring in the chase with 176 runs partnership between Gayle and Bravo. Continuing decent form, Chris Gayle smoked 14 sixes. England pacer Mark Wood took four wickets at important intervals to slow Windies’ progress. Gayle collected 162 runs of 97 balls, with 11 fours and 14 sixes. DM Bravo offered good support in middle order with nearly run a ball 61 runs. Windies captain Jason Holder tried to play sheet anchor role with 29 (35) before getting out. Ben Stokes removed Chris Gayle to dent West Indies’ chase. Carlos Brathwaite 50 (36) and Ashley Nurse 43 (41) brought Caribbean side close to target. But then England spinner Adil Rashid took four wickets in five balls in the 47th over to knock over Windies. Jos Buttler got man of the match award for his superb batting. England went 2-1 in 5-match ODI series versus West Indies with game left. Chris Gayle was praised for his hard-hitting and six laden innings.

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.

Cricket World Cup TIckets
Cricket World Cup

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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