Aussies has clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis, the Aussies all-rounder, said the squad’s turnaround in form has occurred at the right time, just before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Aussies has clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis
Aussies have clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis

Australia had a tough 2018, but their fortunes have improved massively since the turn of the year. They beat India in India, after coming back from 2-0 down in a five-match ODI series, and followed it up with a 5-0 sweep of Pakistan in the UAE.

The eight back-to-back victories, along with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, have meant Australia is now being considered among the favorites for the CWC.

“I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us,” Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session. “We needed it. We had lost a lot of matches over the last year or so. Everybody started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a squad.”

The improvement of fortunes may seem sudden, but Stoinis said it was a gradual process. “From the external, it might look like it occurred all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details,” he said. “Even in the time we were losing, we learned a lot, started getting closer in a lot of matches.”

Stoinis was also delighted with the returns of Smith and Warner from their respective 12-month bans over the ball-tampering scandal last year. Both batsmen have lit up the IPL this year, with Warner leading the charts with 574 runs in 10 outings, with a century and seven half-centuries.

“It returns are a massive boost,” said Stoinis. “People have walked up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to CWC winning combination.”

Australia will face Afghanistan in its CWC opener on 1 June in Bristol.

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Pant tries to change past CWC snub in-game – Winning innings

Pant, the India wicket-keeper batsman, said that being ignored for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was playing on his mind during his knock against Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 IPL on Monday, 22 April.

Pant, who hit an unbeaten 78 in just 36 balls, was instrumental in Delhi Capitals chasing down a competitive 191 with four balls to spare. Last week, Pant was left out of India’s World Cup squad in favor of the more experienced Dinesh Karthik as the back-up wicket-keeper.

“I am feeling lovely. To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling,” he said at the post-match presentation, before adding, “I won’t lie, the selection thought was running in my mind.”

Pant tries to change past CWC snub in game – Winning innings
Pant tries to change past CWC snub in-game – Winning innings

However, the 21-year-old said that he tried to focus on the task at hand. Delhi had lost two wickets in back-to-back overs before Pant decisively turned the game in their favor. He now has 336 runs in 11 matches with a strike-rate of 163.10.

“I focused on my process, I trusted my process and it worked for me. I knew how the wicket was behaving and I took advantage of that. The most important thing for our team is that everyone knows their role and we try to keep it simple.”

Pant’s team-mate Prithvi Shaw, with whom he shared an innings-stabilizing 84-run stand for the third wicket, also praised the wicket-keeper, calling him the “biggest finisher of the game in T20 right now”.

Pant’s exclusion for the World Cup took many by surprise, including the Delhi coach Ricky Ponting, who said he expects the talented youngster to play at least three or four World Cups in his career.

“I was surprised when he was left out of the squad. I thought he’ll be in and I thought he’ll actually play in the starting XI,” Ponting had said. “I thought that someone like him batting at No. 4 or 5 in their side would have just been that sort of player who could have had that X factor about him that could have been the difference between India and some other teams in the World Cup.”

Like Ponting, Delhi advisor Sourav Ganguly was also all praise for the youngster. After the left-hander hit the winning runs, the former India captain rushed to the ground and lifted him up. Ganguly later called Pant a “wow” player in a tweet.

“After I finished off the match and was coming out, everyone was showering so much love,” Pant said. “It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me, it was a different experience.”

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Expectations are high from Babar in CWC19 – Mickey Arthur

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has heaped praise on batsman Babar Azam ahead of the side’s upcoming ODI series against England and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Speaking to media at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Arthur described the 24-year-old Azam as Pakistan’s ‘best batsman’.

Expectations are high from Babar in CWC19 – Mickey Arthur
Expectations are high from Babar in CWC19 – Mickey Arthur

The right-hander is ranked No.7 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Batting Rankings, and averages 51.29 in the format, with eight hundred and ten half-centuries. “Our hopes are high from Babar Azam as he’s our best batsman,” said Arthur. “He is so talented; he is a batsman who gets the required scores.”

 

Arthur was also complimentary in his assessment of leg-spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan, who recently withdrew from the squad for the England series due to a viral infection, describing him as a ‘three-dimensional cricketer’. He also outlined the expectations from Yasir Shah, who has come in as Shadab’s replacement. “Shadab Khan is a wonderful cricketer,” he said.

“As the buzz word nowadays goes, he’s ‘three-dimensional’. He plays a key role for us just outside the Power play. However, we have tried to cover with another wrist-spinner in Yasir Shah.

“Yasir is below no trickery that he has to challenge both the outside and inside edge of the bat. Our plan will be to attack; we’re going to eye wickets. We have got all the bases covered.”

 

Expectations are high from Babar in CWC19 – Mickey Arthur
Expectations are high from Babar in CWC19 – Mickey Arthur

Arthur was confident that his team is well-equipped for this year’s tournament, citing the versatility of players such as Mohammad Hafeez, who is also an option in the spin department, as he outlined the “faith” that he has in his players. “We have worked really hard over the past two years. We are as ready as we can be,” he said.

“Mohammad Hafeez will be accessible for us during the CWC as an off-spinner too. We have faith in our team. All 15 of those players have the capacity to win matches. We have to bring all our capabilities to produce results in our favor.”

Arthur also said that pacer Mohammad Amir will still have an opportunity to press his case for World Cup selection. The left-arm fast bowler’s form has been on the wane over the last couple of years. Since the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, Amir has returned five wickets in 101 overs, averaging 92.60 per scalp. However, Amir could still be handy.

“He is running well and his attitude has been outstanding,” he said. “He’s been vivid in the last couple of weeks and he will have chances in England to show us he still justifies a spot in the CWC team.”

 

Sarfaraz echoed Arthur’s views. “Amir has a chance in the Eng. series to make the final cut,” he said. “He has been working hard here and has exposed that in his bowling in the training camp. In the practice match yesterday, he looked good while bowling. We will try to provide him an opportunity in England so he can perform. It will be a good rivalry amongst our pacers. We have occupied six fast bowlers, so we can alternate and not put any of them under pressure.”

Expectations are high from Babar in CWC19 – Mickey Arthur
Expectations are high from Babar in CWC19 – Mickey Arthur

Pakistan faces England in a T20I in Cardiff on 5 May, before their five-match ODI series commences on Wednesday, 8 May at The Oval in London.

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Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC

Haris Sohail, the Pakistan middle-order batsman, said it was important for his team to focus on getting used to conditions during the five one-day internationals in England before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 gets underway.

Of the overseas teams, Pakistan is at the greatest advantage in terms of adapting to conditions for the World Cup as they will be facing hosts England, the No.1 team on the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings, in an ODI series days before the World Cup begins on 30 May.

Counting the sole Twenty20 International and the World Cup warm-up matches to follow, Pakistan will end up playing close to 10 matches before the World Cup starts, and want to make it count.

Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC
Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC

“The CWC is still a little while away,” said Sohail. “Earlier, we have a very important series against England. England is a quality side, the No.1 team. If we win that series, we’ll get a great deal of help in getting used to those conditions. We still have about ten matches to go before the CWC if you count all the practice matches. So we’re hopeful of getting acclimatized well and producing good results at the World Cup.”

On a personal note, Sohail is enjoying the great form and will hope to take that into the showpiece event. He goes into the England series on the back of two centuries against Australia in UAE.

“Since the Aussies series, my confidence and form are in a good place,” Haris said. “Over the past few days, I wasn’t feeling too great, but a match situation is different, and the practice match we played today, the ball felt great on the bat.”

Despite Haris Sohail scoring 291 runs at 72.75 in that series against Australia, Pakistan conceded each of the five ODIs. Some felt that part of the reason for the repeated failures was the inability of batsmen to score quickly enough. There have been concerns that the team is falling behind in that area, but Sohail downplayed those doubts.

“Cricket is a different game nowadays,” Haris said. “Now, when you’re No.3 or 4 plays big innings or get a hundred, batsmen play around him. In one day international cricket, a total above 300 is now par. Not in the UAE, where pitches are slower and you need to take more time. But definitely, that applies in countries like England. So over there, you’ll see us play more aggressively.”

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s middle-order star, is known for his more classically styled shots along the ground, but he too feels he is equipped to go big when the situation demands that of him.

Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC
Pakistan focused on acclimatizing before CWC

“If I can be No.1 in the world without power hitting, then I don’t need power hitting,” he said. “But when I need to, I utilize it well. I don’t just play along the ground. I practice striking the ball big and when desired, I use it. My role is to play out the complete overs. My separate role is to take the innings as deep as I can and perform in a way that benefits the team most of all.”

Pakistan’s series against England will start with a one-off T2OI in Cardiff on 5 May and the all-important ODI series will begin on 8 May.

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Pakistan Announced Squad For ICC World Cup 2019

Pakistan’s top picks have left Mohammad Amir on top of the preliminary 15-man World Cup squad to be held next month in England.

The 27-year-old has been in a miserable form since guiding Pakistan to win against India in the Champions Trophy final in June 2017, with just four wickets in 14 games. For live action, you can buy Cricket World Cup Tickets.

Pakistan Announced Squad For ICC World Cup 2019 Tickets
Pakistan Announced Squad For ICC World Cup 2019

But the fast thrower on the left arm, who missed the 2011 and 2015 World Cups due to a ban on attending a five-year-old match imposed in 2010. The head of team selection, Inzamam-ul-Haq, said that Amir’s form was worrying.

“Amir did not give the expected results,” said Inzamam, who was part of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning team.

Amir is included in the 17-man squad for the five-match series against England from May 5 to May 19 and can return to his Cricket World Cup spot if he behaves well.

“We have included Amir for the English series with the hope that he will regain his pace and wicket-taking ability in the series,” said Inzamam.

Multi-purpose player Mohammad Hafeez was included in the Cricket World Cup team subject to a full recovery from a fractured thumb injury he suffered in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February of this year.

“Hasnain is exciting and can be a surprise of Cricket World Cup package,” said Inzamam. Who played 3 ODI matches against Australia last month and got 2 wickets.

Another left-arm trainer, Junaid Khan was preferred to Amir. Opener Abid Ali was also called after scoring a first hundred goals against Australia.

The group is largely composed of young players, with only a handful of veterans – Sarfraz and Haris Sohail, who played in 2015. As well as Shoaib Malik, who played in 2007, and Mohammad Hafeez who took part at the 2007 and 2011 tournaments.

Pakistan Squad for Cricket World Cup 2019:

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Fahad Al-Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Jahid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez , Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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Pakistan declare Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

15 man squad for Pakistan is announced to take part in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Wicket-keeper batsman Sarfarz Ahmed will lead Team Green in the CWC 2019. Experienced batter Mohammad Hafeez has been named, but his inclusion is subject to fitness. Pakistan have retained 11 players from the 2017 Champions Trophy winning side. Mohammad Amir has been left out from the world cup touring party, making the major significant exclusion. Mohammad Rizwan has also missed selection as back-up glove-man.

Pakistan have selected balanced squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Three openers in hard-hitting Fakhar Zaman, well-composed Imam-ul-Haq and newbie back-up Abid Ali have made the cut. Five middle-order batsmen have been drafted including Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and skipper Sarfarz Ahmed. Two spinners in Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are part of the CWC lineup. Five fast bowlers in Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain are chosen to demolish the opposite batting heavy sides in the premier ICC men’s cricket tournament.

Pakistan announce Squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup
Pakistan announce Squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup

Selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked best available playing unit for CWC 2019. It is a combination of experience and youthful aggression. Pakistan are not over-right favourites though for the mega competition. But green shirts being the unpredictable team has the tendency to produce miraculous results. Nobody had imagined it, but they had ended up 1992 world champions. Their inner belief had helped them to win the last edition of ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, in England against all odds. Pakistan will look to channel their strengths and surprise abilities to win the Cricket World Cup title for the second time.

Pakistan Squad for CWC 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain

Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

Ricky Ponting believes Australia’s big three pacers – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – should aim to play every match at both the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and the Ashes.

Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes
Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

All three bowlers have had condensed workloads heading into the CWC. Hazlewood has not played since the home series against India and Starc last played in the Tests against Sri Lanka that followed – both have since been recovering from injuries. And while Cummins was intricate in the limited-overs series in India and the UAE, he played in just one of the five ODIs against Pakistan.

Australia’s selectors are set to announce the World Cup squad on 15 April, and for all the talk of resting some of the pacers ahead of a crucial Ashes series, Ponting believes their freshness should be capitalized on at the World Cup.

“They Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins have all had reasonable lay-offs now,” Ponting, who will join the set-up as an assistant coach for the World Cup, told cricket.com.au. “I know some of them got through the summer and had injuries with Josh and Stacy of late, but that should mean they go into a World Cup very fresh.

“None of those guys will be in the IPL either, so they need to just manage [themselves] really well, with the thought of playing every game through the World Cup and the Ashes. I’m sure all those bowlers want to do that. It’s up to them to get themselves fit enough and strong enough to give themselves the best chance of being able to get through.”

However, Ponting said there was a caveat. All three don’t have to play every game – as many as 11, if Australia makes the finals – if the conditions warrant another combination. “Who knows, there might be a few games through the World Cup where it might not be the best to take those three fast bowlers into a game,” he said.

“Wicket in England might look like it will be slower and turn more, so you go in with another all-around option and/or another spinner. But the administration is going to be a key because trying to priorities a CWC over an Ashes series … it’s impossible. You’ve just got to face what you’ve got in front of you.

“The entire goal for Aus cricket right now should be to win the CWC and worry about whatever happens after that, after that.”

Australia opens its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1 June. The Ashes begins on 1 August in Birmingham, a little over two weeks after the World Cup final on 14 July.

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Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

Morgan claims England will have no reluctance in altering its winning formula ahead of the CWC2019. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.

Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan
Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

The competition favorites are undefeated in their last ten two-sided ODI series and are the number one ranked side in ODI, but the appearance of Barbados-born Jofra Archer has difficult selection matters with just over two months to go till the initial match of this summer’s CWC2019.

Archer, who capable to play for England former this month after the England and Wales Cricket Board tranquil its placement rules, has detonated onto the world scene with odd performances in limited-overs competitions, and Morgan declined to shut the door on the 23-year-old’s Cricket World Cup hopes.

Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan
Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

“It’s not about a winning method,” said England limited-overs skipper Morgan, who was on hand to welcome followers to the first Wonderful Saturday throughout the CWC2019 Trophy Tour, determined by Nissan, as the trophy took midpoint stage in Manchester’s Exchange Square.

“That is behindhand us almost and we need to endure using the sureness we have made to drive things onward and if it is about counting someone that’s going to add value then we will do it.

“The publicity about Jofra playing around the sphere and doing well and enticing a lot of care is defensible as he has put in performances that permit looking at.

“Trevor Bayliss supposed after the West Indies series we will aspect at him against Pakistan who England plays in five ODIs in May and that’s what we will do.

“We don’t have to name our Cricket World Cup2019 team until the end of the Pakistan series so we will have a look and see how he serves.”

As competition hosts, all the weight will be on England this summer, especially after an enormously unsatisfactory Cricket World Cup campaign in 2015 where Morgan’s squad failed to make it out of the group phase.

The last 4 years, though, have seen Morgan architect a brilliant reversal in fortunes, with an extensive front-foot panache coming to the fore and the Middlesex batsman is content to carry the hopes and thoughts of a nation on his shoulders.

“You can’t ignore it but we’ve prepared for going into the Cricket World Cup as favorites,” added Morgan.

“It’s something which sits absolutely fine with us. The reason it is there is because of the success we’ve had in the past but that’s all in the past now and our focus needs to be on what’s to come and the things we need to do.”

He is whatever but, as England put the finishing traces to their battle plan for the opener against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May 2019.

“There are no anxieties, I think it’s more excitement,” he said.

 “I think, sedentary here right now, we’re armed really well. We still have one match in Dublin against Ireland and our matches at home against Pakistan in the build-up to the Cricket World Cup so there’s sufficient of cricket to be played but all the emphasis is going to be on the rivalry.”

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Sarfaraz Ahmad concerned about Amir’s form for CWC

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has expressed concern over pace bowler Mohammad Amir’s form ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Sarfaraz Ahmad concerned about Amir’s form for CWC
Sarfaraz Ahmad concerned about Amir’s form for CWC

Amir, who was dropped after just one match in the recent five-match one-day international series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, has gone wicketless in nine of his last 14 games. And Sarafraz was worried about the fast bowler’s predicament.

“When your key strike bowler is not taking wickets regularly, clearly it causes concern to the captain,” he told a television channel.

Pakistan almost missed out on qualification for the Champions Trophy altogether and began their campaign with a heavy loss to playful opponents India. But then victories over world No. 1 South Africa, Sri Lanka and hosts England set up a tantalizing re-match against India in the Final at The Oval. Not to be denied on this occasion, Pakistan set an imposing total of 338, led by a century to Fakhar Zaman before Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali combined to bowl India out for 158 to deliver an unlikely but memorable triumph.

In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Amir’s spell of 3/16 in the final rocked the tournament favorites India to hand Pakistan victory. He was in exceptional form then, tormenting the strong Indian top-order and it looked like the 26-year-old was here to stay. Unfortunately, String of below-par performances since then has cast a shadow of doubt over his inclusion in the World Cup squad.

“I cannot say whether he will be in the CWC team or not but our minds are clear about our plans and when the squad is announced everyone will know,” the Pakistan skipper added.

Pakistan’s World Cup campaign will begin on 31 May against West Indies. Prior to the premier event, they will tour England to play five ODIs and a one-off T20I from 5 May. The selectors will be announcing the 15-member World Cup squad on 18 April, followed by a 17-18-member squad for the England tour on 23 April, so Amir still has his opportunities.

Last month, during the Australia series in UAE, Pakistan bowling Coach Azhar Mahmood showed faith in the bowler’s ability to bounce back and pointed out that he had been working on his fitness.

“Amir is a wonderful bowler. But since he returned, he was playing non-stop cricket so we have to do work on his fitness,” Mahmood had said. “If Amir is suitable and bowling well then we know he is a wicket-taker.

“The reason for that is playing three formats, in limited overs, you bowl a bit shorter. Amir is a swing bowler and that’s what makes him dangerous. On a Sharjah type wicket, you have to bowl a bit shorter so his ball isn’t swinging but he’s working hard and I hope he’ll come back strong.”

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Umer, Wahab Omitted from list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team

Pak national selection board has invited 23 players to complete a fitness test ahead of the declaration of their team for this summer’s Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. On the other hand, the community who love their favorite team they are booking Cricket World Cup 2019 Tickets

The 23 ‘probable’ will undertake the tests at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore across the 15-16 April, with the squad then announced on 18 April. There are some prominent names included and excluded from the list of Pakistan squad for CWC 2019.

Several players who made their ODI debuts against Australia in Pakistan’s most recent ODI engagement have found favor, including Mohammad Abbas, who has excelled in Test cricket in recent times, S Masood, who got a maiden one day international half-century in the final match of the Australia series, and Mohammad Hasnain, who Shane Watson described as the fast teen he had ever batted against after facing him in the Pakistan Super League.

Umer, Wahab Omitted from list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team
Umer, Wahab Omitted from the list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team

However, Saad Ali, who scored 11 runs across his first two ODIs, has been left out, as has Umar Akmal, who passed 30 three times against Australia without going onto a half-century. Still only 28 years old, he is a one-day international veteran, with over 3000 runs and 121 caps to his name, and demonstrated his form with scores of 136* and 99 runs in his most current two innings in the Pakistan Cup.

Also left out was Wahab Riaz, who hasn’t played a one day international since 2017 but starred for Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Probable Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah

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