Shadab khan said Leg Spin crucial to CWC success

In the modern age of uber-talented batsmen relentlessly unfurling scoops, sweeps and slogs to pepper boundaries, there is one rare art that still proves a bowling attack’s great equalizer in one-day international cricket. In previous eras, wrist-spin was the scarcest of skills, that mysterious knack bestowed upon only the gifted few. Come this summer, however, it will be showcased like never before, with 12 operating at the Cricket World Cup and only two teams – Bangladesh and West Indies not unleashing a frontline option. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling acts of their favorite players in this year’s contest. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

A quality leg-spinner is, and always will be, worth their weight in gold, the craftsman who can bamboozle and stem the tide that increasingly dictates the flow of an international limited-overs encounter. Their ability to operate at multiple stages of an innings, easing the burden on seamers tasked with facing ever-more-skilled batsmen armed only with two new balls that don’t often reach the point of reverse swing, is as critical as it is desperately sought

Shadab khan said Leg Spin crucial to CWC success
Shadab khan said Leg Spin crucial to CWC success

Of those, one of the most exciting is Pakistan’s 20-year-old Shadab Khan, a bundle of tricks and treats who boasts 47 wickets across 34 games at a tick over 29. But just why are he and contemporaries such as England’s Adil Rashid – who has taken more wickets than any bowler since the previous World Cup – so difficult to face?

“Because wrist-spinners spin every way,” Shadab tells the ICC. “If there is spin there it’s very difficult to play if you bowl in good areas, and it’s very difficult to play on any surface. That’s why it’s important. With a leg-spinner, yes you may score runs, but he is a wicket-taker. You’re always looking for wickets so that’s why we’re always in the game.”

With run rates above six an over now almost a formality in most encounters, the task of bowling groups have evolved, from control to conquer. The weight of runs may be impossible to stop, but chipping in with wickets can at least manage the damage.

“It’s a very important role,” says Shadab. “With batting [friendly] tracks the par score will be 300 so, if you take wickets in the middle overs, you have a good chance to win games. On these batting surfaces, we have to take wickets, otherwise, they’ll score 350-plus, so if you take the wickets you can contain them under 300. To contain them under 300 is very good.”

Such is the depth of tweakers in the tournament that there could even be some internal competition among the likes of Shadab and Rashid. For Pakistan’s star, however, merely being on the field is a relief, having missed the five-match one-day international series against England through illness. After coming through 10 overs in the warm-up game versus Afghanistan, he feels fresh and ready to fire.

“I feel better,” he says. “I’m in a very good rhythm. I practiced one or two days and bowled very well yesterday so I’m good.”

His return is a welcome one for Pakistan, who followed up a 4-0 loss to England with a warm-up defeat against Afghanistan. Their final pre-World Cup practice, against Bangladesh, was abandoned due to rain. But Shadab has no doubts a team renowned for being able to deliver on the big stage – as evidenced by their Champions Trophy victory on these shores two years ago – will be ready when the showpiece commences.

“In the England series,” he adds, “every game we were close. In the crunch situation, we didn’t win but we played very good cricket, competitive cricket. Our batting is in good form, our bowling hasn’t performed so far but, if you take one or two wickets, then they can slip up.”

Tasked with delivering those scalps will be their young twirler, the leg-spinning X-factor capable of altering the course of bat-dominated occasions.

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Maxwell intense on being a containing bowler

Glenn Maxwell Aussies all-rounder has opened up about his role with the ball, saying that he is not deterred about getting hit as long as he’s delivering the right kind of balls. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling acts of their favorite players in this year’s contest. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Maxwell intense on being a containing bowler
Maxwell intense on being a containing bowler

Maxwell has begun to take on a more protuberant role with the ball recently, as showed during Aussies’ ODI series in India and in the UAE against Pakistan, where he bowled 64 overs across nine innings. He is now set to be a key supporting option at the CWC19.

Spinner Adam Zampa will be Aussies’s first excellent expert rotator, and with Maxwell in the form of his life with the bat, he is likely to be Aussies’s go to the subordinate spinner, with his off-spin, which could leave no room for Nathan Lyon.

“Try not to get hit for six most of the time,” Maxwell said teasingly on his role with the ball. “For me, I suppose, a lot of the time that I bowl, I just try to limit the border balls. As long as I’m doing that, if they hit some good shots off my bowling, I’m not too deterred. If I’m limiting the boundary balls and giving myself the best accidental to squeeze a few dot balls, bowl a couple of tight overs, it might create a bit of pressure at the other end.”

I have prospects on myself to finish off matches and be the guy who stands up there at the end of the match and making sure that we win the match. Glenn Maxwell

Next, to the India and UAE tours, Maxwell went over to England in its place of IPL and used the time to ready himself for the CWC and the Ashes series that follows it. His county spell included six Lists A match with Lancashire at the One-Day Cup, in which he took eight wickets while maintaining an economy rate of 5.62: pretty handy numbers for a part-time spinner.

“I think it’s vital for me to just bowl in a partnership with someone,” he said. “That’s perhaps the clearness I have in my role, and it’s something I did a bit in Dubai [against Pakistan] and India, and started to get a few more overs, a bit more consistency… To have that continue into my time at Lancashire, where I got plenty of time at the bowling crease, you get that rhythm, you get that feel of the ball coming out consistently. You need that as a part-time bowler, to have that consistency of time at the crease and get a few of the cobwebs out, I suppose.”

Maxwell has also added layers to his batting, presentation an element of calculation that was before missing. In 13 ODIs this year, Maxwell has made 458 runs, averaging 41.63 – markedly higher than his career average of 33.33 – and striking at 126.51. He indicated that his role at the CWC would require him to show more such flexibility.

“I supposing my role in the side is to adapt to whatever start we have, whether it be we get off to a flyer or we’ve lost a few early wickets. It’s just to adapt to whatever I get thrown into,” he said.

I just want to have an impact on games in a really positive way and be able to control the back end.

“I have expectations on myself to finish off games and be the guy who’s standing there at the end of the game and making sure that we win the game.”

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Skippers guess most closely fought CWC ever

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is officially up and running and all ten captains are anticipating ‘the best tournament in history’. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Captains meet the press one week before the tournament starts with England against South Africa. World number one hosts are the team to watch, according to visiting skippers

The Film Shed in London’s trendy east end played host to the official captain’s media launch of the 2019 tournament on Thursday afternoon.

And with hosts England kicking off the tournament in exactly a week’s time at the Oval against South Africa, the time for talking is almost over.

All ten teams will play each other in a new-look round-robin stage, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals – a change in format that makes this year’s edition more competitive than ever.

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

And Eoin Morgan, Virat Kohli, and the ten tournament skippers can’t wait to get started, with a series of warm-up matches scheduled around the country in the next week.

England skipper Morgan said: “I don’t think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else.

“These are the ten best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it. Every captain sitting here would lose their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket.”

It’s something every one of us would have dreamed of as a kid.

“We are as best prepared as we can be. We just want to play that first game now.”

India skipper Virat Kohli added: “England in their conditions is the most strong side in this tournament.

“But all the teams so strong and well balanced and the fact we have to play everyone once, I think this will be the most competitive World Cup that anyone will have seen.”

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

Once it gets underway particularly against England and further on for the Ashes. The crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world.

“We have plans in place for that, and their squad input and output in terms of the runs they have been making has been fantastic.”

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis is hoping to become the first man to lead the Proteas to a World Cup crown, after four semi-final appearances.

“We are all really excited to try out this new tournament, to play every once I think is great,” he said.

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has X-factor bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side.

“I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball.”

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed – who led Pakistan when they won the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2017 – is feeling confident.

“All the teams are really balanced. I think people are going to watch some great cricket,” he said.

Since winning the World Cup in 1992, making the final in 1999 here in England and the Champions Trophy in 2017, we go well in England so we are confident we will do well and challenge.

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

New Zealand was runners up four years ago and skipper Kane Williamson hopes his Black Caps side can go one better.

He said: “There are a few guys in the squad from the last World Cup which is great.”

But four years in between means there are a lot of new players.

“There has been of talk about rankings, favorites, underdogs but what stands out is how balanced it is. Which means anything can happen on the day which is so exciting.”

West Indies skipper Jason Holder added: It’s a very exciting format. In the past, you could play five or six games, and that could be it.

To play every side is great for us. We worked hard with the qualifiers to get here, which means it is the top ten in the world, we want to play them all and give ourselves a shot.

“The team that wins will definitely deserve it.”

Sri Lanka’s new captain Dimuth Karunaratne said: We have great experience in England, we came here early to get used to the conditions and we are in good shape, hoping to do our best.

“It is not going to be easy though. We are confident and taking it each game one by one.”

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib added: “We are excited to be here, in front of the cricket world and to play the best teams.

To present Afghanistan to the world is great and we are looking forward to it.

“There will be a huge audience at home in all the different provinces. Cricket is not just a sport now, in Afghanistan it has become something else.”

And finally Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his side can spring a surprise.

We have got a great bunch of boys, a good mix of seniors and juniors coming on.

Cricket is a game that anyone on their day can beat anybody. If we start well we can hang in there.

“We are confident that we can go well, but a lot depends on the start.”

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Resurgent Wahab determined to redeem himself at the CWC19

After earning an astonishing call-up to Pakistan’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, fast bowler Wahab Riaz wants to make his chance count. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Resurgent Wahab determined to redeem himself at the CWC19
Resurgent Wahab determined to redeem himself at the CWC19

Wahab hasn’t played one-day cricket for Pakistan since the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The left-arm even had his work ethic questioned by the head coach Mickey Arthur, who had criticized Wahab for having lost his match-winning skills.

But after reviving his form in the Pakistan Cup, the country’s domestic 50-over competition, where he was named Bowler of the Series for his season-topping 10 wickets in five matches, Wahab supposed that he was always fully prepared for the CWC, though his chances of making the team had appeared to be slim.

“I had been having dreams that I am meeting Mickey Arthur and Sarfraz Ahmad. Sometimes they would reject me and sometimes they would pick me.” Wahab Riaz

“I even had dreams I was meeting Mickey Arthur and Sarfaraz Ahmad, and sometimes they would pick me, and reject me at other times,” he said. “Around ten days ago, I had a dream that Inzi Bhai [Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector] gave me a call and told me that I have been selected and this is my last chance. It was exactly how it happened when I was called and told about the decision. It is nothing less than make or break for a player who gets an opportunity to play in the CWC.”

Wahab’s selection was also partially a result of Pakistan’s bowlers performing poorly in the series against England. In three of the four completed games, Pakistan allowed England to make in excess of 350, and on one other occasion, failed to defend a score of 340. It prompted the Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee to turn to the left arm’s experience – he also had a stint with Derbyshire in the T20 Blast.

“I have worked hard and matured as a bowler in the last two years,” Wahab said. “I have learned a lot and the results are visible to everyone. You can’t judge anyone on the basis of one match. I am a bowler and there are chances that I may concede 60, 70 or 80 runs, and it has happened in the past as well. But that doesn’t mean that I lost my skills and ability.”

Wahab was Pakistan’s most successful bowler at the previous edition of the CWC, in 2015, with 16 wickets from seven matches. He produced a match-winning performance – 54*, followed by a spell of 4/45 – in a must-win game against Zimbabwe. In the quarterfinals against Australia, he delivered one of the great World Cup spells, dismissing David Warner and Michael Clarke, and then stunning Shane Watson with a series of short balls.

Reminiscing that spell, Wahab said: “Since the pitches are placid and conditions are batting-conducive, it becomes necessary to have an aggressive approach, or else the batsmen will dominate you. If a batsman demeans me, I will do what I did that day.”

An expert at the reverse swing, Wahab reckoned the skill would be key in English conditions.

 “Variations and reverse swing are key in the death overs. With the conditions dry and wickets hard in England, there will be a reverse swing and the team that does it better will have the advantage. I have expertise in reverse swing, so I will try to restrict the flow of runs in the final few overs.”

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Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches

Aussies’ fast bowlers have been gearing up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a particular training drill. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches
Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches

The recent ODI series between ENG and PAK designated yet again that pitches in England and Wales, the venue for the World Cup, could offer plenty of runs. There were five scores of over 350 in eight completed innings, with 297 being the lowest.

With that in mind, defending champions Australia, under the supervision of bowling coach Adam Griffith, have been practicing hard at their training camp in Southampton to master their death-bowling skills.

Bowlers are largely focused on being spot-on with their Yorkers and on countering the batsmen’s trigger movement. Mitchell Starc, the left-arm pacer, revealed there was a bit of competition, with bowlers awarded points for hitting different areas.

“It was a bit of target bowling for the group. We’ve got certain cones put up for wide Yorkers either side of the stumps or trying to hit that zone,” Starc told cricket.com.au. “It’s something we’re working hard on because death bowling is something where you can win or lose a game or defend a total.”

Starc, who lit up the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with his fast, swinging yorkers, has not been a regular in Australia’s limited-overs sides in recent times as the selectors have looked to manage his workload. Having played only four limited-overs internationals since February 2018, he rediscovered his pace and accuracy during Australia’s warm-up matches against New Zealand in Brisbane earlier this month.

The 29-year-old came in for criticism for his Test bowling in the Australian home summer, but he is confident that a changed mental approach will help him regain his swing and best form during the mega-event.

 “Having three months to chat about things and have a little bit of a different approach to how I think about it, and perhaps the change of wording and what my cues are, have really helped me in coming to back to this stage,” he said.

The defending champions will play warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka before their campaign gets underway against Afghanistan in Bristol on 1 June.

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Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir were named in Pakistan’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as the PCB selectors named the final 15-man liable for the marquee tournament. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Both Amir and Wahab had been omitted from the preliminary squad that had been named last month. The duo has come in place of fellow left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

In the other major change, middle-order batsman Asif Ali was named in place of Abid Ali. And leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a viral infection and was pulled from the series against England, has recovered and retained his place in the final 15.

The real challenge will be to choose between Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan; the latter’s concern is his fitness, Amir — on the other hand — has not fired ever since the Champions Trophy two years ago. Junaid’s advantage lies in his Lancashire county cricket experience in England.

Earlier, Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq informed that Amir will be part of England T20I and ODIs to be played in the lead up to the World Cup from May 5 to May 19. Amir will also serve as a cover for the World Cup squad and, if required, can be drafted into the side until 23 May without International Cricket Council’s permission.

“For the T20I and ODI against England, we have added Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir as additional players. Asif is probably the best power-hitter in Pakistan, while Amir has the experience and a good record in England. These two will provide cover to the World Cup squad and can be drafted into the side by 23 May, if required,” he said.

Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnanin, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz

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CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

ICC (The International Cricket Council) today announced a stellar line up of commentators for the ICC Cricket CWC along with complete broadcast plans that will bring more than a billion followers closer to the exploit and players than ever before. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date
CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

The last man to boost the ICC CWC, Clarke, will be creation his ICC TV commentary entrance along with some of the match’s most respected broadcasters counting Wasim Akram, Alison Mitchell, Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Melanie Jones, Brendon McCullum, and Graeme Smith.

Additional big names who will commentate through the CWC contain Michael Slater, Ian Ward, Shaun Pollock, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan, and Ian Smith.

CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date
CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

Brendon McCullum: Still the marquee occasion in our sport, I have got so many pleasant memories of CWC. 2015 was the climax after a lot of hard work and I am excited to be complicated in a different volume this time around – confidently we’ll have plenty of drama.

Nasser Hussain: “The entire of ENG and Wales is energetic with enthusiasm in hope of the massive summer of cricket ahead. This edition of the CWC abilities to be the most amusing one yet and I cannot wait to be part of this event program and witness history in the making, first hand.”

Kumar Sangakkara: This is going to be a very superior summer of cricket in England and perhaps the most modest CWC of all time. Hosts England have a great side but there are several truthful candidates and we are sure to see some remarkable cricket along the way.

Melanie Jones: “There is a strong sense of expectation for this year’s CWC between players and followers alike. The round-robin format pitting each nation against each other added with the strength of all ten sides, will no doubt result in the most inexpensive and closely fought CWC to date. Add to that the chance of first time CWC winner and it’s as thrilling as the option of numerous upsets throughout.”

Wasim Akram: The upcoming CWC has the same setup as in 1992. It is the best format as sides get more probabilities and I calculate all sides will have an equal chance to succeed for the semi-finals. A CWC comes every four years so players wait for it and do their best to give a notable performance. I hope we are going to see some stiff rivalry with the edge of the seat thrillers, high skills and supreme moments with the best players of the world on show.

Ian Bishop: “I look forward to the next few weeks with great anticipation and expectation. It’s an honor to be part of the broadcast commentary team that will bring the stories, updates, and analysis of the CWC to you wherever you are. This edition promises to be even more exciting and innovative than ever and it is a great privilege to be a part of the team that brings it to you.”

ICC TV will produce live coverage of all 48 games being played over 46 days, as well as full live coverage of all ten warm-up games for the first time.

Audiences will be preserved to state-of-the-art coverage which will comprise a minimum of 32 cameras at every match, counting eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and Spidercam.

The first time at a CWC, the broadcast will produce 360° replays, providing by Piero which permits multiple cameras feeds to be sewed together to create a spectacular video that helps provide an in-depth study of big moments in the match.

The coverage will also be completed with a diversity of logical and visual improvements including the use of Player Following. Broadcast tools such as Hawk-Eye will be added by an in-depth cricket data analytics system to be provided by analytics app CricViz.

The drone camera providing by Batcam will also provide spectacular visuals of all venues across England and Wales. There will be a roaming Buggy Cam as well, for a ground-level view of minutes.

ICC TV is maintained by production services partner Sunset+Vine and tackle services partner NEP Broadcast Solutions. Whilst sports graphics specialists Alston Elliott have developed a contemporary styled graphics package to visualize the ever-crucial scores and statistics throughout the coverage.

Aarti Dabas, Head of Media Rights, Broadcast and Digital said: “I am excited to welcome such a brilliant team of broadcasters to ICC TV; they will bring to life the CWC for more than a billion followers around the world.

“Our focus for this event has been on carrying fans closer to cricket than ever before and our complete host broadcast plan brings this. Followers can enjoy unique visions from our commentators added by extraordinary analytics focus making this the most attractive CWC broadcast production to date.”

ICC TV has also made preparations to produce a host of extra content off the field of play, to be dispersed to its broadcast partners and other media rights partners via the ICC TV Content Delivery Service. This content will include daily player profiles, team features, match previews, venue features and other behind the scenes content, getting followers up close and personal with all the action around the CWC19.

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Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad

Fast bowler Chris Woakes believes that Jofra Archer’s arrival in the team, and his following performances, have flashed a healthy competition within England’s bowlers to retain their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team. 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.

Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad
Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad

England has a long line of talented pacers, who have been performing extremely well over the last couple of years and supporting their strong batting line-up.

“The batters have obviously set the benchmark over the last few years, there’s always been competition for places there – more so maybe than the bowling – and this, I suppose, has done the same for the bowlers,” he said. “It’s always good to have competition; at the international level, that’s always going to be the case.”

The 30-year-old, who debuted for England in 2011, has been a regular feature of the ODI side. He has 121 wickets in 87 ODIs. He put on a terrific display in the third ODI against Pakistan on Tuesday, 14 May, picking up 4/67 in 10 overs.

However, when asked after the match if he felt that his place in the World Cup squad was safe, Woakes said: Safe is probably not the word, but you always feel like you need to put in performances, and I’m pleased I managed to put in a good performance today.

“You hope you are safe, but I suppose until that squad’s selected, you’re not. Hopefully, I am, but we’ll see.”

Woakes reckoned that England’s selectors would have a tough call to make, as the 23 May deadline for naming the final squad draws closer.

“Someone, unfortunately, will miss out, but we don’t sit in the dressing room talking about, ‘is it going to be me?’, ‘is it going to be you?’ I think everyone knows it’s there and it’s creating a good competitive edge to the team, but we don’t talk about who is going to miss out and who is going to be selected.”

England has two ODIs left against Pakistan. After that series concludes, on 19 May, they will play two warm-up matches, against Australia and Afghanistan, before starting their World Cup campaign on 30 May against South Africa at The Oval.

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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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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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