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.”
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis chosen hosts England and 2011 champions India as the title favourites for this year’s Cricket World Cup and said his side will go into the competition with lowered expectations, which could work to their lead.
South Africa’s World Cup journeys have often ended in unfortunate circumstances – including falling foul of an unfair rain rule, misreading the Duckworth–Lewis run-rate requirement, or comical run outs at the death.
“We will go with a little bit less pressure on us as a team in terms of the expectation of winning it,” Du Plessis, who team are ranked fourth in the ODI standings, said on Tuesday.
“It is pretty clear that England and India are the two favourites. We are a young group and the guys are just excited about the opportunity.”
However, Du Plessis is aware that South Africa will still have to face a lot of hype in the run-up and during the contest as well as the narrative of their previous failures.
“We have gone to tournaments in the past where we have felt like we had the strongest team on paper, but cricket is not played on paper,” he said. When opponents look at us now, we are not the strongest team. But when a South Africa team goes to the World Cup, the chat in the media starts, even the opposition starts to chat!”
Former opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday supported Ashwin’s reappearance to the ODI squad ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English circumstances.
Ashwin last played for India in ODI in July 2017. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have since then become main spinners for India in limited overs format.
Both wrist-spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal) have done well in the last one year. But I still feel that Ashwin is somebody we should look at. I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner – irrespective of whether he is a wrist-spinner or a finger-spinner,” said Gambhir at a promotional event. He (Lyon) is probably the best off-spinner in the world and he’s a finger-spinner. I feel that we should not differentiate because there’s a wrist-spinner and so there’s no space for a finger-spinner. I think R Ashwin is someone who we should always consider because we are looking at conditions in England during that time of the year. Wickets could be flat and worn out. So, a finger-spinner can be effective with the ball as well, said Gambhir.
Commenting on opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was not among the runs in the ODI series in contradiction of Australia, Gambhir said the southpaw should have played first-class cricket as he was not part of the Test series.
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that Pakistan have a ‘very good chance’ to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which is set to be contested in England and Wales from May 30.
Shoaib Malik trusts his team has a very good chance of winning the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales. Although, the veteran said it will only be possible if his side accomplishes well against the rest of the world. Pakistan lifted last World Cup in the One-Day International format came in the year 1992 but Shoaib Malik feels his side has the capability to win this Cricket World Cup.
However, Malik cleared it out that this achievement will only be possible if they perform well against the rest of the world in the mega event. Malik further stated that the current Pakistan squad has all the ability to win the World Cup, but added that abilities don’t win anyone matches.
He said that the Pakistan squad have top ODI bowlers and batsmen, and he is looking forward to an unforgettable World Cup 2019. Pakistan’s last lifted the World Cup in 1992 under the direction of present Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go. Yes, we have the ability to win the World Cup hands-down, but abilities don’t win you anything, performances do. Our capabilities include having top ODI bowlers and batsmen in our line-up and personally I’m looking forward to a memorable World Cup 2019,” Malik said.
Pakistan is set to play their first World Cup 2019 match in contradiction of West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
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Former Indian opening batsman wishes the selectors to pick MS Dhoni in India’s World Cup team. Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Dhoni has assuredly got the views coming on his side after him scoring two half-centuries in as many matches in the current series against Australia. In two matches, Dhoni has scored 106 runs at an average of 106 and a strike rate of 70.66. While Dhoni and the Indian would be wanting the strike rate to go high, observing him back amongst the runs is a development in the right way. The fact that his last half-century before this series had come in contradiction of Sri Lanka at Dharamsala 13 months ago calls for sufficient respite among his co-players.
“If I was the chairman of the selection committee, I would pick him for the 2019 World Cup for sure. The World Cup is a different cup of the tea altogether, where we will need a senior cricketer like him. He’ll be a guiding factor on the field to the captain and the team. His importance will be felt in crunch situations. He may not be the big hitter he was before…that’s a different issue, but he’s still got it in him,” Srikkanth said.
England, India and New Zealand are the expected to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, according to prior England batsman Rob Key. The sides are ranked 1, 2 and 3 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings correspondingly, and Key sees them as the three sides to beat this summer. While India have lifted the World Cup on two times, England and New Zealand are still racing for a first World Cup title, finishing runners-up on four times combined, three for England and one for New Zealand. England have been considered by many as favourites as they head into a home World Cup, but it’s the acts of 2015 runners-up, New Zealand, that has got Key’s devotion.
“You will never go into a World Cup where someone isn’t tipping up New Zealand as an outside chance. This time they will be behind England and India in the betting but not far behind,” Key told Sky Sports.
In spite of the loss of veterans Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori to retirement, New Zealand have engaged the key members of the side that led them to their first Men’s World Cup Final four years ago. Key trusts their star-studded line-up can mix it with the best at CWC19.
“We always say that they punch above their weight, yet we always tip them to do well and they have some top players – Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
“They are an excellent side in their own right. If they have a day out, they can beat England, India, anyone.
“They have been a strong outfit for a long time in one-day cricket and are a side you are always wary of, no matter how good your form may be.”
Indian cricket team’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma, on Thursday (January 10), stated that India’s squad for the Cricket World Cup 2019 has pretty much been marked in, and will more or less have a comparable look to the one that’s in action for the Australia ODIs. Though, he did point that the usual warnings of form and fitness will be taken into thought, and that “nobody is guaranteed that flight to England as yet”.
“I think the 13 ODIs we’re going to be playing leading up to the World Cup, you’re going to see more or less the same squad playing in the World Cup,” Rohit told reporters in Sydney. “Probably one or two changes, keeping in mind the form and injury concerns over the next few months. We’ve played a lot of cricket throughout the year, so injuries are bound to happen. Don’t think there’ll be any drastic change. Looking at the slots – they’re pretty much taken by individuals. Everything will depend on the form of each player, nobody is guaranteed that flight to England.
“It’s slightly early to be talking about the playing XI. But there aren’t going to be any drastic changes We still have 13 games, 4-5 months to go and two months of IPL. Lot of cricket to be played. So, it’s hard to name the 11 or 12 that’ll be playing the World Cup.”
On the way to World Cup 2019, India will contest a total of 13 ODIs, beginning with the three in contradiction of Australia, starting Saturday (January 12) in Sydney.
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