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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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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Bairstow takes CWC glory over regaining Ashes

England’s Jonny Bairstow has itemized lifting the ICC CWC19 this year as more wanted than an Ashes win. 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.

Bairstow takes CWC glory over regaining Ashes
Bairstow takes CWC glory over regaining Ashes

Bairstow, a key feature across formats for ENG, was questioned by Sky Sports Cricket over which he had like to win this summer if he could pick just one the CWC or the Ashes? For Bairstow, the chance of lifting a trophy that England has never raised is one too good to turn down.

“I am going World Cup because it’s been so long since we’ve had an opportunity to win one,” Bairstow said.

“I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we’ve put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance.”

Guys have worked day in, day out, taking their games to places that they weren’t at 18 months, two years ago.

“That’s from the vision Morgs [Eoin Morgan] has had and the way we are playing our one-day cricket.”

Bairstow has been a solid existence at the top of England’s order in ODI cricket over the last two years and claims an imposing career record. In 59 ODIs, he averages 46.04 and has six periods to his name. The batsman showed his white ball aptitudes further in the IPL this season for Sunrisers Hyderabad, even hitting his second T20 hundred, amassing 114 against RCB.

The 29-year-old acclaimed the tournament, saying: “You go to the IPL to develop your skills, to put them up against the best in the world,” added Bairstow.

“We saw Jos (Buttler) coming back into the Test side last summer after a brilliant IPL. The competition over there can only improve your skills.”

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Rabada remains positive among race for CWC19 fitness

Proteas fast bowler is in a fight for fitness as South Africa seeks to avoid an injury crisis before this summer’s CWC in England & Wales. 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.

Rabada remains positive among race for CWC19 fitness
Rabada remains positive among race for CWC19 fitness

Anrich Nortje was required to extract from the team on 7 May after a thumb fracture ruled him out of the competition, and Rabada’s back injury encouraged him to leave the IPL rashly, but updates from Proteas side doctor Mohammad Moosajee and Rabada himself are largely positive. Moosajee told of the concentration with which their star bowler was being touched. “With KG‚ we are extra cautious because of two reasons‚,” he said.

“He had a back issue that kept him out of the game for a protracted amount of time. Furthermore‚ there’s his importance in the squad‚ so we’re managing his rehab and his return to play very carefully.”

Rabada had a lumbar muscle strain with associated muscle spasms, but thankfully no surgery was required. Moosajee backed him to be available for Proteas’s first match against hosts ENG on 30 May but outlined their careful method.

“We are confident, but we want to give him as much time to recover as possible,” he said.

“The anticipated recovery period for KG’s injury is two to three weeks and we are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad. The selectors have guaranteed they have sufficient options on the table but there are some companies that have been reserved as standby players.”

Rabada, who was leading wicket-taker in the league stage of the IPL – despite playing fewer matches than his entrances due to the injury – posted an update on his Instagram, telling his return from the IPL as ‘precautionary’. “Ipl was really fun! Extremely glad for the opportunity!” he posted.

“Sad to leave but good to be home bittersweet regarding my back, I’m good – precautionary is all. Will be supporting the boys all the way”

Moosajee also offered an update on Dale Steyn’s fitness. “Dale Steyn returned from the IPL due to his right shoulder flaring up,” he said.

He referred with an orthopedic shoulder expert in Cape Town. He has responded well to treatment and is showing signs of development.

“Scans done revealed nothing of significance compared to those done post his previous surgery. He is currently doing rehab and training, and following a very specific and progressive return-to-play programmed. He will be reassessed when we reassemble this weekend for the Cricket World Cup camp.”

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Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Kapil Dev, India’s World Cup-winning captain, believed a mix of youth and experience in a well-balanced squad would work in India’s favors at the ICC CWC 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.

Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19
Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Dev, who led India to their first title in the 1983 event, backed the team to reach the knockouts in this edition, going in as one of the strongest sides.

India has a great combination of youth and experience. In a way they are more experienced than the other teams, he said at a promotional event on Wednesday, 9 May. They have the right balance – four fast bowlers, three spinners and they have Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

“Dhoni and Kohli have done extremely well for India. Both of them are unmatchable.”

Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19
Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Dev, who finished his career with 253 wickets in 225 one-day internationals to be arguably India’s greatest fast-bowling all-rounder, was all praise for the team’s pace attack.

“The four fast bowlers we have are fantastic,” he said. “The English conditions will help them swing the ball. Then players like Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah can bowl 145kph have swing and pace.”

The pacers will be backed by Hardik Pandya, the all-rounder. Since his debut, Pandya has prompted high expectations among fans that he could be a cricketer in the Kapil Dev vein. However, the veteran dismissed comparisons.

“You should not put pressure on Hardik Pandya,” he said. “He has enough talent, let him play his natural game. I don’t like anybody being compared to anyone because that puts pressure on that player.”

Naming India as one of the favorites, along with Australia and England, with New Zealand and West Indies as the dark horses,

He added, “I think India will definitely finish in the top four. After that, it will be really difficult. After the semifinals, a stroke of luck alongside personal and team performance will determine who goes forward.”

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Gayle named Caribbean Vice-Captain for CWC19

Caribbean opener Chris Gayle has been named his team’s vice-captain for the CWC19, Caribbean declared on Monday, 6 May.  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.

The 39-year-old has represented West Indies in 103 Tests, 289 one-day internationals and 58 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 18,992 international runs. Gayle also has prior leadership experience, having captained his side in 90 matches across formats between 2007 and 2010.

Gayle named Caribbean Vice-Captain for CWC19
Gayle named Caribbean Vice-Captain for CWC19

Gayle, who is set to play his last 50-over tournament, will be backing up Jason Holder, and as a senior player, felt that it was his “responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team”.

“It is always an honor to represent the West Indies in any format, and this World Cup for me is special,” he said. “As a senior player, it is my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team. This will probably be the biggest World Cup so there will be great expectations, and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies.”

Gayle was a part of the 2019 Indian Premier League, in which he played for Kings XI Punjab, who failed to qualify for the knockouts, after finishing sixth on the table. Gayle himself had a terrific run, however, scoring 490 runs in 13 matches, at a brilliant strike rate of 153.60. However, owing to his participation in the league, he missed the ongoing tri-series in Ireland, where West Indies are competing with the hosts and Bangladesh.

In his absence, Cricket West Indies named wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope as Holder’s deputy for the series, ahead of the side’s second ODI, against Bangladesh. Hope was instrumental in West Indies’ 196-run win in the opening game, against Ireland, where he made a brilliant 152-ball 170, which featured 22 fours and two sixes. He was also involved in a 365-run opening stand with John Campbell – the highest in the format for the first wicket.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be appointed vice-captain for this series here in Ireland,” Hope said. “Ahead of this tournament, I was asked to take on this role and I was happy to accept. Anything I’m asked to do for West Indies cricket, I’m always happy and willing to put my hand up, so this is great.”

West Indies will face Bangladesh in the second ODI of the tri-series in Dublin on 7 May. They will open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on 31 May in Nottingham.

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India sweat over Jadhav’s shoulder injury for World Cup 2019

Kedar Jadhav sustained a shoulder injury in the field during the IPL 2019 clash between CSK and Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, 5 May, and has been run out for the remainder of the tournament and CWC. 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.

India sweat over Jadhav’s shoulder injury for World Cup 2019
India sweat over Jadhav’s shoulder injury for World Cup 2019

Jadhav sustained the blow while attempting to stop an overthrow during the Punjab innings, and while he was successful in doing that, he was visibly uncomfortable thereafter. He had to leave the field after the 14th over, as Punjab went on to chase 171. He will undergo scans on Monday.

“Kedar Jadhav’s getting an x-ray and a scan tomorrow. I don’t think we’ll see him again in this tournament for us,” said Stephen Fleming, the Chennai coach. “He’s in some discomfort. Fingers crossed that it is nothing too serious, but it didn’t look that good.”

Jadhav is considered a vital cog in the Indian setup, given his versatility with the bat as well as his ability to strangle opposition with his low-arm off-spin. He didn’t have a great IPL, scoring just 162 runs from 12 innings. More than his form, however, India will be fretting over his fitness.

Jadhav has a history of injuries. A hamstring tear during the previous IPL ruled him out of virtually the whole tournament, and shortly after recovering from that, he was injured against during India’s Asia Cup 2018 campaign.

India is set to depart for England on 22 May. The tournament begins on 30 May, and India’s first match is against South Africa on 5 June.

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Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Glenn Maxwell, the Australia all-rounder, is ready to assume the floating role he executed to great effect in the past at CWC 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019
Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Maxwell was Australia’s third highest run-getter in the 2015 World Cup, accumulating 324 runs in eight matches at 64.80, and even scored his maiden, and so far only, one-day international century in the tournament. Maxwell performed a key floating role during that campaign, and in the build-up to this year’s tournament, he has been doing something similar.

He was slated as low as No.7 by the Australian think-tank earlier in the year, but he has since batted at every position in the middle order, helping the side win eight consecutive away ODIs.

“I joked about this, but as soon as it gets past about the 15th over and we’re none down, I put them [his pads] on and just wait there,” he said on the sidelines of a training camp in Brisbane. “

But I generally work with JL Coach Justin Langer, just keep asking him what he wants from me, and it’ll get to a point where he’ll say, ‘Go put ’em on’.

“He’ll send a message out to Aaron Finch, ask him what he thinks, and that’s how we get to that decision. It was rather that I did rationally well in 2015, so we’re sort of trying to emulate that in this World Cup. Hopefully, I can do it similarly.”

The 30-year-old has been in spectacular form this year. In 13 matches, Maxwell has scored 458 runs at an average of 41.63, from across the middle order. A lot of credit for that, he said, went to the foundations laid by Finch and Usman Khawaja at the top.

“The top order has been really successful as well, I’ve been able to ride off the back of that, come in at different times and expand on really good starts,” he said. “We saw in the UAE that they performed extremely well – Aaron and Usman were outstanding at the top – so for me to just ride on the back of that, and play a different role was really enjoyable.”

Having made him unavailable for IPL 2019, Maxwell joined Lancashire to play in the County Championship in England; to help sues the conditions ahead of the premier event. “It was pretty good,” he said of his stint. I was lucky enough to be training at Old Trafford every day with a center wicket, so I was able to get used to conditions.

“The wicket was really good. Every day I was facing Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions so [they were] decent net sessions as well. I was very blessed with what I had.”

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Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

The Caribbean side missing some of their first-choice players will face hosts Ireland in the first game of the tri-nation series, which also involves Bangladesh, on Sunday, 5 May, and look to familiarize themselves with the English conditions ahead of the CWC. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Only half of the 14-man West Indies squad named for the tri-series will be contributing in the CWC19; the other members of the CWC team are playing in the IPL. Yet, the tri-series will offer them a taste of the circumstances, while giving outlying players an opportunity to showcase their talent, especially youngsters like Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Shane Dowrich and Raymon Reifer.

West Indies did well to draw the five-match ODI series against England in March, an outcome that was not expected as the hosts were facing a strong side placed No.1 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings. They will rely on the experience of a senior player like Darren Bravo and Shai Hope. Skipper Jason Holder will lead the pace attack alongside Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, and Shanon Gabriel.

Ireland, meanwhile, will be ruing their defeat to England in Dublin on Friday, sliding from a position of strength. While the hosts faltered while batting, their precise bowling had almost derailed England. They have a terrific top three in place, in William Porterfield, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie, who gave them a good start, and they will be looking to them to put up a competitive score.

Middle-order batsman Lorcan Tucker had a milder debut in comparison to Josh little, who was the star of the bowling line-up. However, Tucker’s domestic credentials are strong enough for him to warrant another chance.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Key players

Josh Little (Ireland): The teenager, who made his ODI debut on Friday, impressed with a probing spell of 4/45, picking up wickets of James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, and David Willey. The left-arm mixed short balls with fuller ones deftly and troubled the more experienced England batsmen. While the young man could not finish the job for Ireland, he will be hoping for a repeat performance against the West Indies side.

Darren Bravo (West Indies): The 30-year-old had a sub-par series against England in March this year. While he scored at an average of 44.33, he was not able to capitalize on the good starts and accumulated just 133 runs in five games. This is a great chance for him to get some quality match practice before the marquee tournament.

Conditions

Friday’s game against England was a truncated affair as rain delayed the start of proceedings. The chances of showers on Sunday are low but expect cloud cover throughout the morning. The overcast conditions might aid swing bowling and teams will be looking to field first. The last ODI here was played two years ago in May 2017, in which Bangladesh chased 270 sets by New Zealand with ease.

Teams

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

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