Jimmy Neesham’s new approach has him on track for Cricket World Cup 2019

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.

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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.”

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Cricket World Cup Cricketeers Unveil Uniform for 4,000 Volunteer Staff

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.

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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.”

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‘Have to identify our strengths ahead of World Cup 2019’ – Says Sarfaraz Ahmed

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.”

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South Africa have Lowered World Cup 2019 Expectations – Du Plessis

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!”

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Ashwin Must be Selected for 2019 Cricket World Cup – Gambhir

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.

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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.

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Srikkanth Support Dhoni for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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.

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“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.

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England, India & New Zealand are World Cup Favourites – Rob Key

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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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Cricket World Cup 2019 Volunteer Programme Receives Best Ever Interest

The World Cup Cricketeer programme got record number of volunteer applicants for a cricket event, with over 6,000 interviewed for selection. The ICC Cricket World Cup reaches in England and Wales next summer but planning for the world’s greatest cricket party is well underway, including the drive to recruit over 4,000 volunteers to join the World Cup Cricketeers.

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The World Cup Cricketeer programme acknowledged a record number of volunteer applicants for a cricket event, with over 6,000 interrogated for selection. The World Cup Cricketeers will play a key role in delivering the six-week tournament next summer, supporting across a range of responsibilities, including Spectator Services, Broadcast & Media, Transport, Rights Protection, Hospitality and Accreditation. The applications to be one of the Cricket World Cup 2019 Cricketeers went live on the Rosterfy platform in May 2018 for volunteers crossways all 11 host venues and cities.

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Training for the World Cup Cricketeers will start in early 2019, and the Cricket World Cup will be working thoroughly with all host venues to help deliver a long-lasting legacy for volunteering within cricket after the World Cup has over.

Head of the Volunteer Programme, Mary Cahill, said: “We have been speechless with the number of applications for the volunteer programme and are extremely thankful to all the members of the public who took the time to register attentions for the Cricket World Cup Cricketeers.

Steyn looking for limited overs retirement after 2019 World Cup

If he was ‘frustrated,’ as his captain Faf du Plessis put it, after catching just two wickets in two Tests in South Africa’s recent 2-0 rout in Sri Lanka, Dale Steyn did a pretty good job of covering it. An all-time great fast bowler, but now besieged with injuries and form in the dusk of his career, the 35-year old comes across as a man who may have spanned his prime, but still wants to go out on his own terms. He’s been omitted from the ODI side which will take on Sri Lanka in the upcoming series, but Steyn is still eying the 2019 World Cup as the faultless stage for his farewell from limited overs cricket.

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 “If I’m honest with you, I’m trying and would like to get to that World Cup. If you look at the batting line-up, our top six have all played 1000 games together, but our lower half eight to eleven, who are currently playing, have not even played 150. So, you need to draw experience, and I’m hoping that would be my trump card. I may not necessarily play all the time, but I think just being there, I might be able to help add experience. After the World Cup, I don’t see much more reason in playing white ball cricket for South Africa. The next World Cup is in four years’ time, I’ll be 40-41. There will be no reason for me to go to that WC,” he said in a promotional event.

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‘Getting ready and fit for the Cricket World Cup 2019’ Andre Russell

Andre Russell, who was reigned out of the T20I series with India due to hurt, says he wants to recuperate rapidly to be “fit and ready” for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

“My knees, I did get therapy two months ago and I am feeling a lot better at the moment. I have been busy in the gym, getting ready and fit for the World Cup,” said Russell.

“It is a big tournament, in fact the biggest moment in cricket. I don’t want to sit at home when the World Cup is being played, so just making sure I am fit and ready to go.”

He said he want to get wickets and get confidence going into the World Cup.

The all-rounder, who lately raised the T10 trophy with Northen Warriors, is an expert in the shorter formats of the game. He trusts that the Indian Premier League, which will be planned before the World Cup next year, will be the perfect training ahead of the multi-nation competition. He is hopeful to play upcoming cricket world cup.

“IPL is going to be a big tournament running up to the World Cup and you can work on your game while in the IPL,” said Russell,