It’s an amusing place to play Guptill thrilled about a CWC in England

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has supposed that he loves playing in English Condition and is eager about execution in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

It’s an amusing place to play Guptill thrilled about a CWC in England
It’s an amusing place to play Guptill thrilled about a CWC in England

Guptill, who has scored 652 runs in 14 matches in England, including a 155-ball knock 189* in 2013 against the hosts, likened the conditions on offer to those at home.

“I do love playing over there. It’s very similar conditions to home and you can be at ease over there and you can go out and just chill out when you’re away from cricket,” Guptill told reporters in Auckland on Wednesday, 15 May. “It’s quite a fun place to play cricket, and the fans are great over there as well.”

New Zealand will leave for England on Sunday, 19 May. Guptill, who has been keeping an eye on England’s domestic competitions, reckoned that the pitches would be favorable for batsmen, as evidenced during the ongoing series between the hosts and Pakistan.

“I guess the way the One-Day Cup’s gone over there, it’s been reasonably flat wickets and good for batting, so there could be a few high scores. But then again, at the end of the day, you’ve got to bat well to get those scores, so we’ve just got to go out there and prepare well and make sure that we come out firing.”

Guptill was among the driving forces behind New Zealand’s best-ever World Cup campaign, in 2015, when they steamrolled their way to a maiden tournament final. He topped the tournament charts, with 547 runs at an average of 68.37, and scored a record-breaking 237* – the highest individual score at the World Cup – in the quarter-finals against West Indies. He has since been one of the mainstays of the New Zealand batting unit and is aware of his role in the team.

“I’ve just got to out there and do my thing,” he said. “If it’s there, I’ll try to hit it; if it’s not, I’ll look to either block it or get off strike. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? But I can tell you it’s not. It’s about working with your partner at the other end – if he’s going, I’ll try to get him on strike, and if I’m going, he’ll try to get me on strike.”

New Zealand will play two warm-up games, against India on 25 May and against West Indies on 28 May, prior to their World Cup campaign, which begins on 1 June against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

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Jonty Rhodes said no favourites in CWC19 due to change in format

Jonty Rhodes former South African cricketer has supposed that while India has a very balanced team, the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales does not essentially have any favorites due to the changes in the format of the upcoming competition. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Jonty Rhodes said no favourites in CWC19 due to change in format
Jonty Rhodes said no favourites in CWC19 due to change in format

“India might have the fab 15 but there are perhaps six other sides that might call themselves the same. There are some very strong teams in the CWC and it will depend on the stable 11 that they chose on the day, contingent on the conditions,” Rhodes said to PTI.

India has got a lot of experience too. Even young players like (Jasprit) Bumrah, is one of the more experienced death bowlers, so from that point of view India will be fancying their chances but there are six other sides, the top six.

“And I am not even talking about West Indies, who are ranked seventh. They have started to play decent 50-over cricket again and there is no team that can go into any match of the tournament as favorites. So every match is important, you need those points. The change in format has made it really wide open.”

Rhodes has also stated that all-rounder Hardik Pandya to be an important cog in the Indian side, and that he needs to quickly adjust to the 50-overs format.

Hardik Pandya’s role is really important because he is coming as a batsman and a bowler and he has got the knack of taking wickets. But the key is that he needs to quickly adjust because in a T20 game you can face seven balls and bowl may be two overs and make a difference.

“But in a fifty over the game if you are going to finish a game, you might have to bat from 35 overs, so that is going to be the difference. And he (Hardik) has got the temperament, he backs himself and he just has to know that he has a job to do (and) it’s not about one helicopter shot. It is (about) taking a match through like a Virat Kohli and finishing the game for India.”

India begins its CWC campaign against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

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Morgan faces tough decisions as competition intensifies ahead of CWC19

In the face of increasingly stiff competition among the fast bowlers, Eoin Morgan, the England captain, acknowledged that making the final selection for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 would be a difficult task. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Morgan faces tough decisions as competition intensifies ahead of CWC19
Morgan faces tough decisions as competition intensifies ahead of CWC19

England has 17 members in their squad for the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan, of which only 15 will make the cut for the World Cup. And Jofra Archer, who is almost definitely a shoo-in for the event, wasn’t named in the original CWC squad, which leaves England with some tough calls to make.

“Unfortunately, a couple of guys from this 17 will miss out, and it’s going to be a tough decision, regardless of how they perform in the rest of this series because of what they’ve contributed over a long period of time,” Morgan said.

England was without Archer, who was rested for the second ODI in Southampton on Saturday, 11 May. It paved the way for David Willey’s inclusion, and the left-arm pacer turned in a top-notch performance, returning 2/57 in 10 overs. In a match where 734 runs were scored, Willey ended up being one of only two bowlers from either side to go at under six an over – the other, Haris Sohail, bowled only three overs.

Willey also excelled at the death and was instrumental in applying the choke on Pakistan. He gave away just 17 runs in a three-over spell, between overs 44 and 48, and picked up two wickets in that time. Pakistan ended up losing by 12 runs.

“I thought he bowled beautifully, even when he came back in the middle,” Morgan said of Willey. “He normally bowls a couple more up front, when it swings a bit more, but today it didn’t actually swing that much, maybe for six or seven balls. I thought all of the bowlers, including Dave, who were put under the pump when we couldn’t take wickets throughout that whole 30-over period, were brilliant. They reacted really well.”

Willey will now essentially be competing for World Cup spots with Archer, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran. Willey, Plunkett, and Woakes are the more experienced of the lot, while Jordan and Curran are yet to play a game in the series.

They’re all pushing each other,” Morgan said. “It’s a bit like our batting unit the last two or three years. Guys who come in and do well have missed out.

“For the last four years, David Willey and Liam Plunkett, in particular, have reacted really well to being put under pressure. You ask them to do more and they respond really well. They probably don’t get the praise that they should or that other guys get. But the more responsibility we’ve given them, they’ve reacted really well.”

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Ashley Nurse said I have been doing my role in the team for CWC19

The West Indies spinner, Ashley Nurse is assured that he is satisfying the role the squad expects from him but would like to be even more reliable in the lead up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

 Ashley Nurse said I have been doing my role in the team for CWC19
Ashley Nurse said I have been doing my role in the team for CWC19

Nurse sparkled in the fifth match of the tri-series against Bangladesh, taking 3/53 albeit in a losing cause. He surged to the top of the wicket-taking charts for the series with a total of seven scalps, which is particularly impressive given that Irish conditions don’t typically offer great support for spinners.

“I’ve been bowling well in patches. I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like to be,” Nurse said during the post-match interaction.

Getting wickets is the ultimate goal for a bowler. I got a four-wicket haul in the first game against Ireland but I didn’t bowl that well. But I’ll take getting wickets any day.

“In the other two games it was a bit tough. This has not been a spinning deck. Wickets here are generally not good for spinners … I have been doing my role in the team and it’s nice to come in and do what the team requires of me.”

The nurse was the only incisive bowler for West Indies in the match as the rest struggled to contain Bangladesh’s slow but steady march towards another win. In the 21st over, Nurse dismissed Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar in a space of three balls to push back Bangladesh but an 83-run stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun ensured they got safely over the line without too many hiccups.

“Captain gave me the ball a bit early in the power play so it was all about restricting runs and building some pressure. It worked out for us. I got a couple of wickets in one over but to get 10 wickets (as a team) was the ultimate goal and we didn’t get them.” “I was in a very good rhythm. It was a slow pitch. Today I got most of it right. It was a good performance for me. But to get a win was more important. Obviously, we didn’t get that. But hopefully, we can come back in the final.”

The 30-year-old admitted that West Indies didn’t have adequate runs on the board and it will be essential in the final to get a par score so that bowlers will not be under too much pressure to deliver.

“I thought it was a 300 pitch and if we got to 280 also, we would have been fine. The wicket was as good as the game against Ireland,” said Nurse.

“They have got the better of us in the last two games but that doesn’t mean anything [in the final]. We turn up and get some more runs on the board first and foremost then the bowlers will have an easier job. We need to build some pressure in the field [as well]. And we need to get into their middle-order. We haven’t done that.”

West Indies will play Bangladesh again in the final of the tri-nation series on Friday, 17 May in Dublin.

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Mickey Arthur we hate the unpredictable tag

Pakistan has been advertised as a squad to watch out for at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, thanks to their fine form in England conditions as well as their unpredictability, but Mickey Arthur, their coach, said that’s doing the team a disservice. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Mickey Arthur we hate the unpredictable tag
Mickey Arthur we hate the unpredictable tag

Pakistan pushed England hard in the second one-day international of their five-match series on Saturday, 11 May, eventually losing by 12 runs in Southampton. Pakistan also made England earn their victory in the one-off Twenty20 International before that.

There have been plenty suggesting Pakistan will be the dark horses of the premier event over the next few months because the side is considered unpredictable – Pakistan surprised many with their surge to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 title, in which they beat India by 180 runs.

However, that is a tag Arthur isn’t too happy with. “Unpredictable – that’s a word that we as coaching staff hate,” Arthur said in a chat with batting coach Grant Flower and Grant Ludden, the strength and conditioning coach, in a video posted by PCB.

“You read all the previews now; they say Pakistan is going to be in the top four because of their unpredictability. I say no. Pakistan is going to be in the top four because of the work we’ve put in, in their skills.”

Pakistan headed into the England tour on the back of a 5-0 mauling in the United Arab Emirates by Australia. However, that was an under-strength XI, and with their full team restored, Pakistan has looked in fine fettle in England.

“We’ve got their good and bad a lot closer together because we’re playing a more consistent brand of cricket,” Arthur said. “We’re training well, we’re going through their routines well, there’s a structure. And with structure and clarity comes less of that unpredictability tag. We know that on our day we can beat anybody, it’s us finding that little key ingredient that makes our players believe.”

There is also a significant spirit in the squad, with the PCB’s slogan ‘We have, we will’ playing its part in bringing them together.

“The PCB has put together this fantastic slogan – We have, we will,” said Arthur. “We have won, we have shown success, we tend to rise to the big occasion, and we will.”

Pakistan begins its World Cup campaign against West Indies on 31 May in Nottingham.

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Aaron Finch ponder strategies to counter CWC Run Fests

Aaron Finch is ready to get creative with his bowling tactics in an attempt to counter the large totals which are expected to dominate the 2019 World Cup. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Aaron Finch ponder strategies to counter CWC Run Fests
Aaron Finch ponder strategies to counter CWC Run Fests

The second ODI between England and Pakistan in Southampton over the weekend gave another taste of what could be to come, with 734 runs plundered in 100 overs. England made hay with wickets in hand in the closing over as Jos Buttler smashed a 50-ball century before Pakistan threatened to chase it down until the home side’s death bowling held its nerve.

While conditions won’t always be as pristine for batting as they were on Saturday on the south coast, it is expected to be a heavily bat-dominated tournament with the use of two new balls negating the chances of reverse swing and the Kookaburra hardly moving for the quick’s when it’s new.

That poses a tough set of challenges for fielding captains as they try and conjure plans to keep batting line-ups in check. One of the key areas will be taking wickets in the middle overs – it is why most sides now have a leg spinner in their ranks, as do Australia with Adam Zampa.

However, it could be that Australia’s two premiers quick’s – Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins – are left with plenty of overs available for the middle period of an innings instead of sharing the new ball or being given extended spells with it.

Australia used their matches against New Zealand in Brisbane to try various combinations with Jason Behrendorff sharing the new ball with Starc in the final match, and Cummins used as first change.

“All the trends and all the stats in one-day cricket show the last couple of years the teams that have taken the most wickets in the middle overs have been successful,” Finch said. “That’s something that we’ve identified as an area we really want to try and nail so there is talk about all those kinds of things. That will come down to the day if someone gets off to a flyer you have to keep rolling out your big guns and make sure you are looking to take wickets in the Power play.”

Away from Starc and Cummins, who are certain starters, there remains jostling to support them among Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Kane Richardson. The trio all had two outings against New Zealand but only managed a combined 6 for 223 compared to Starc and Cummins taking 10 for 117.

“That will be dictated over the next couple of weeks, it’s not something we’ve sat down and planned,” Finch said on bowling combinations. “There are a lot of questions still to be answered but we are in a great place to do that.”

However, Finch did confirm that Zampa was the No. 1 spinner, although he did not rule out pairing him up with Nathan Lyon again, as they did successfully during the series in India and the UAE.

“Zampa’s performances in India and the UAE were outstanding on wickets that didn’t turn a huge amount but also against world-class players of spin he played exceptionally well. The reputation of Bristol [where Australia starts against Afghanistan] is that it spins, but all reports say it didn’t spin a huge amount in the latest one-day competition in England, so it’s just going to be waiting and see what the wickets produce.”

The training camp in Brisbane brought good and bad news as far as Australia’s attack is concerned, with Jhye Richardson being ruled out.

“It’s a huge loss,” Finch said. “The energy he brings, his raw pace, ability to swing the ball and get good players out on good wickets is something that will be missed. That’s not to say the others don’t, but we saw that real X-factor with the ball. I know he was really down, but he’ll pick himself up, he’s only 22. He has a long career ahead.”

The form of Starc, though, provided plenty of encouragement on his return from the pectoral injury he picked up against Sri Lanka in early February. His pace did not go unnoticed by the New Zealand batsmen and, when any modicum of movement with the white ball will be priceless, he found some swing.

“He’s proved it in big moments that he can get the job done, so really encouraging. He’s been swinging the ball the last few days which is such a valuable asset,” Finch said.

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Rohit Sharma Said IPL can help you judge yourself before CWC19

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians skipper who led the squad to their fourth IPL title, said that the tournament helped players hit the ground running ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Rohit Sharma Said IPL can help you judge yourself before CWC19
Rohit Sharma Said IPL can help you judge yourself before CWC19

The 12th season of the league concluded on 12 May, with a heart-racing final that ended with Mumbai beating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by just one run to lift the title for a record fourth time.

Now that the tournament is done, the attention of players all around the world will turn to the World Cup. The mega 50-over event is set to begin in England on 30 May, leaving IPL players such as Rohit, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Imran Tahir, and Lasith Malinga, among others, with an 18-day window to get ready for the tournament.

Rohit, however, felt that playing in the IPL was a form of preparation in itself, as it allowed players to gauge their form before the World Cup, and make necessary improvements. He cited the examples of Pandya and Bumrah to further illustrate that point.

The two were key performers for Mumbai, playing in all 16 matches. Pandya scored 402 runs at 44.66, striking them at 191.42 and alongside 14 wickets. Bumrah finished as the winning team’s leading wicket-taker, with 19 scalps at 21.52, conceding runs at 6.63 an over. Bumrah was also the Player of the Match in the final, for his spell of 2/14 to help the team defend 149.

“We spoke at the start of the tournament that we will assess each of the players, see where they are at and what they feel about their bodies,” Rohit said.

It’s more an individual thing than what we decide for them.

In the case of Jasprit, he’s somebody who likes to play matches to make sure he’s in a good tempo. At the start of the tournament, we told that at any given stage, if he feels he needs to rest, we were open to that. But our physios and trainers have checked him quite well, and there was continuous feedback from Jasprit as well about how he’s a sensation. We haven’t had issues with Jasprit and Hardik, so we continued to play them.

“Before the IPL, if they weren’t in great form, this is the time they can get back to form. Hardik is the best example. Before the IPL, he didn’t have a good time, was injured, and missed a few games as well. But he has been tremendous for us – both in batting and bowling. So, yeah it’s IPL’s a big tournament and you can judge yourself where you’re at before a big tournament like the World Cup.”

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Shakib wants to bat at No.3 in ahead of World Cup 2019

Shakib Al Hasan has expressed a desire to bat at No.3 in ODIs, ahead of the ICC CWC19. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Shakib wants to bat at No.3 in CWC19
Shakib wants to bat at No.3 in ahead of World Cup 2019

The 32-year-old has played at one down in 13 ODIs, scoring 492 runs at 41.00, which is advanced than his career average of 35.45. Shakib cited the increased number of chances that batting up the order would present, to make an influence with the bat.

“There was a time when I had to come on to the crease before the first 10 overs even if I batted at No.5. But now things have altered, I do not get a chance to bat before 35-40 overs if I bat at the No.5 place,” he said.

“For me, I think, the previous the better. So, personally speaking, I want to play at No.3. I have also spoken my wish to the coach and the skipper. But I don’t have any problem to play anywhere for the team.”

Shakib freshly experienced a renovation in his training routine to get in shape for a big summer. The all-rounder, who is now noticeably fitter and leaner than he was a couple of years ago, said that finding the incentive to work on his suitability was key to this reversal.

“Sometimes in your life, you need a kick. I have got the kick,” he said. “I won’t say how. That’s a secret. It has come in a way that has awakened me. I was fit up to 2011. After that, I didn’t get much chance to work on my fitness and I didn’t feel any push too. But I have got the kick now.”

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Did the Wallabies find their replacement for Israel Folau?

He refuses to spoil his chances, but Dane Haylett-Petty hopes to take the Wallabies fullback jersey with a remarkable performance in the Super Rugby victory in Melbourne.

With Israel’s Folau World Cup probably in ruins, the Rebels skipper is one of the main contenders to wear the No. 15 jersey in Japan later this year’s world cup. Rugby fans are waiting for thrilling performances in RWC. Now you can book tickets for Rugby World Cup to support your favourite players.

Did the Wallabies find their replacement for Israel Folau
Did the Wallabies find their replacement for Israel Folau

Brumbies, Tom Banks has also raised his hand while Kurtley Beale has impressed since his replacement of Folau. Haylett-Petty set a 126-meter high, which was 49 meters higher than any other player, lead the race with five shots on goal and also scored a try.

Melbourne coach Dave Wessels said Haylett-Petty was incredibly valuable to the Rebels.

Wessels said, “He has a real presence on the team.”

“He does not say much but the team is drawn to him and one of the reasons we have been better at handling pressure situations is because Dane is there. He leads the team through and all the world follows him.”

Asked about his ambitions to play the test-back position rather than the wing as he adds 29 selections. 29-year-old Haylett-Petty said he would like to be anywhere on the team, although he has admitted to being in the back.

“I like playing in the back and engaging a bit more – it’s hard to stay out of the game,” said the 29-year-old.

Haylett-Petty missed a month of games due to a toe injury, only coming back two games. He said that being on the bench had the benefit of feeling fresh both mentally and physically.

“It was disappointing to miss these weeks, but the advantage was that I was able to come back when everyone was a bit tired,” he said.

The Rebels have a problem with the injured five-eighths of Quade Cooper suffered a concussion after his head hit the Reds centre Samu Kerevi knee.

Wessels said Cooper was feeling good after the match, but he would be following the path of concussions, which could put him in doubt for Friday’s home game against the Bulls.

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James Vince Keen to press his case for CWC19 selection

England opener James Vince is keen to make the maximum of the inaugural that has been created by the absence of the reduced regular opener Alex Hales. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

James Vince Keen to press his case for CWC19 selection
James Vince Keen to press his case for CWC19 selection

Hales was quiet from ENG’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 last month, which has left an opening spot up for grabs. While Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow seem likely to be England’s first-choice openers, Vince now has a golden chance to make the squad for the marquee tournament as a reserve opener.

It would be a huge break for Vince in what has been a stop-start international career, where he has played 13 Tests since his debut in 2016, and eight games each in the two limited-overs formats, where he debuted in 2015.

“It’s the nature of the way the white-ball side has gone over the last three or four years,” Vince said.

They’ve played some magnificent cricket and got to No.1 in the world, so it’s been a tough team to break into.

“When I have played, it’s been to pop-in for a game, knowing that when the main guys are fit, I’d be out again unless I did something remarkable. All I can do is my best when I do play, and try to force my way into becoming a regular in the squad and then taking chances.”

Vince was part of the XI for the one-off one-day international against Ireland and the only Twenty20 international against Pakistan. While he was dismissed early in the ODI, he played a part in England’s victory in the T20I against Pakistan, where his 27-ball 36 paved the way for a successful chase of 174.

Just over a week before that, he made his career-best List A score of 190, for Hampshire against Gloucestershire in the One-Day Cup.

“I got asked about aspirations at the start of the summer in regards to white-ball cricket and I said I’d do as well as I can for Hampshirem,” he said.

Pleased to start the season well, and as things turned out, I’m here and involved now.

“The plan for the rest of the series is to get a game or two and, hopefully, push my case ahead of the World Cup.”

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