Steyn to Quit ODIs and T20s After ICC Cricket World Cup

Dale Steyn is fast bowler of South Africa cricket team, planning to retire from One Day International and T20 format after the Cricket World Cup 2019. Steyn is disappointed by a lot of injuries over the last couple of years he counts these injuries a bad-luck for him.

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Steyn said that “I will be trying to get to that World Cup. But after the World Cup, I don`t see myself playing white-ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40.”

he said that “I hope that will be my trump card when the selection comes to the World Cup. I may not necessarily play all the time.But I think my experience will help, with me just being there.”

“Wickets are something that`s not guaranteed. I`m happy with that I came out 100% fitness wise. That`s the biggest cloud I have gotten over, especially the last two years.”

He played last ODI series about 2 years ago against Australia in 2016. South Africa cricket team coach Ottis Gibson has not picked him in ODIs and make him clear that he should focus on red-ball fitness. Steyn said that he would love to continue his Test cricket career after World Cup 2019.

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Sri Lanka Squad for South Africa ODI Series visit announced

Sri Lanka have announced squad for ODI series in South Africa. Experienced batsman Upul Tharanga has returned in the side after impressive performance in Sri Lanka A against Ireland A one day series at home. 20-year old batsman Avishka Fernando is included in squad after collecting 523 runs in 5 matches during same Ireland A series. Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana is back in the side after hunting 11 wickets in 5 games of the Ireland A series. Right-arm offbreak spinner Akila Dananjaya is back in the squad after his bowling action was cleared by the ICC.

All-rounder Angelo Perera is included in Sri Lanka ODI squad to tour South Africa, after good run in Ireland A one-dayers and tests. Batsman Oshada Fernando has earned ODI call-up after decent form in first class cricket. Ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis has also bagged ODI call-up after superb showing in the Ireland A series. Five match One Day International series will be contested from 3rd March 2019 to 16th March 2019. This series will offer major preparation for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for both Sri Lanka and South Africa teams.

Sri Lanka squad for South Africa ODI series 2019 announced
Sri Lanka squad for South Africa ODI series 2019 announced

Injuries to main pace bowlers has forced Sri Lanka to select inexperienced trio of Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana and Kasun Rajitha; who have played 11 ODIs in total. Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga will have to take extra load in pace bowling and guiding youngsters. Batting all-rounder Priyamal Perera has also got maiden ODI call-up after registering two double hundreds and two centuries in the first class cricket.

Former captain Dinesh Chandimal is ignored from ODI series versus South Africa, after shockingly being dropped from the test series. All-rounders Asela Gunaratne, Dasun Shanaka and Sekkuge Prasanna were also dropped from five ODIs versus Proteas, after being part of side in New Zealand series. Opener Danushka Gunathilaka and bowlers Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiuru Kumara are still on injury sidelines after series against BalackCaps. Angelo Mathews is given extended time to fully heal hamstring strain sustained in new Zealand test series.

ODI Squad for Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (vice-captain), Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Isuru Udana, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan

Chris Gayle To Retire from ODIs After Cricket World Cup 2019

Chris Gayle has publicized that he will retire from One-day Internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England and Wales. The 39-year-old veteran batsman had been recalled by the West indies Cricket for the first two ODIs against England in training for this year’s World Cup. Chris Gayle last played for the team against Bangladesh last July.

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Gayle having the West Indian record for most ODI hundreds with 23 centuries and is their second leading run-scorer in the ODI format with 9,727 runs. His 215 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup also signifies the highest limited overs score by a West Indies batsman.

Last year, Gayle had levelled Pakistan star Shahid Afridi’s record of the greatest number of sixes in a career in all three international formats joint. Both batsmen have 476 sixes well forward of the next best, Brendon McCullum at 398 sixes. Gayle, however, attained the feat in 443 matches while Afridi touched the mark in 524 games. Afridi hit 351 sixes in ODIs, 73 sixes in T20Is and 52 in Tests. Gayle has smashed 275 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 in test format.

“We welcome the return of Chris Gayle who missed the last two series and Ashley Nurse from injury. We are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to the ODI cricket for the first time,” Windies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne had said.

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MS Dhoni to retire after World Cup 2019? Chief Selector MSK Prasad Says

Talking about his form, Prasad said that Dhoni’s output with the bat will only rise with the number of matches he plays and hence, the IPL is a great chance for him to find the furrow yet again.

The position of MS Dhoni to this Indian team which gets ready for the World Cup is not a veiled secret anymore and everyone from the head coach, to the captain and the players, have spoken about the character of Dhoni in the side.

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“We have definitely not discussed this. Because prior to such a big tournament, I do not think it is wise to get distracted, since all energies are geared towards preparing well for the World Cup,” he said in a conversation with ESPNCricinfo.

Speaking about his form, Prasad said that Dhoni’s productivity with the bat will only increase with the number of matches he plays and hence, the IPL is a great opportunity for him to find the groove yet again.

“Importantly, before India head to the World Cup, he will be playing the IPL. So, he will be playing in 14-16 matches – all high-intensity games. That will only help him extend that form he has caught on the Australia and New Zealand tours. I am very happy with his batting,” he further added.

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Australia can win ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shane Warne

India have been great in the limited overs format since the Champions Trophy 2017. Out of the ten ODI’s series they have played since the June 18 final, India have won a striking 9. In 2019 also, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India have managed to trump the vast Australians and New Zealand in their own yards. The only series that India have lost since the Champions Trophy was against England in 2018.

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Most of the enthusiasts and experts are already tagging India as the preferences to lift the World Cup trophy in May. Australian legend Shane Warne also believes that India and home team England go in as “hot favourites” into the World Cup. Having said that, the leg spinner is also confident that Australia still have a chance to secure their title, even though their recent performances have been disappointing.

“As I’m putting my world cup squad together for my column, I really believe Australia can win it again. As we have the players for the conditions, match winners etc. I think England & India go in as hot favourites, but if the selectors play their part – then the Aussies can 100% win!”

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Pollock Picks India and England as Cricket World Cup Favourites

Former Proteas captain Shaun Pollock trusts host country England and in-form India who are No 1 and No 2 respectively on the ICC ODI rankings are favourites to win the Cricket World Cup 2019. Pollock shared his words standing together with the Cricket World Cup trophy in Johannesburg during the South African leg of the ICC’s ‘trophy tour’ an inventiveness used by the ICC to raise responsiveness for the event taking place in England and Wales from 30 May – 14 July.

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‘There are only 10 teams, and each team plays each other before the semi-finals, but I think there will only be about six teams capable of really competing for the trophy,’

Australia fought recently, but I believe the reappearance of Steve Smith and David Warner will make a big change. New Zealand are currently playing good cricket but I do think India and England are the favourites to win the event.’

In all seven previous Cricket World Cups with Pollock elaborated in four of them through his memorable career spanning 303 ODI’s on behalf of South Africa – the Proteas have unsuccessful to get past the semi-final stage, but Pollock has slight hopes for his countrymen, who are currently just below England and India in third place on the ICC ODI rankings.

‘South Africa will believe they can make the semi-finals, and from there anything can happen,’ he said.

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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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Bowlers, de Kock help South Africa win ODI series 3-2 against Pakistan

South Africa outclassed Pakistan in decider to win ODI series 3-2 against Pakistan. Proteas bowlers restricted Pakistan to 240 for 8 in the fifth ODI. South Africa’s experimentation with bowling and all-rounder options throughout the series paid dividends in the decider. Proteas all-rounders Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan Mulder came handy by knocking five wickets to limit Pakistan to below-par score of 240. South Africa got bragging rights with comfortable victory for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Proteas spearhead Dale Steyn drew first blood by bouncing out leading run scorer of ODI series Imam-ul-Haq. Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman and Babar Zaman tried to revive visitors’ batting by 50 runs partnership. Dwaine Pretorius bowled Babar on 24 runs to end the promising stand. Mohammad Hafeez could not get going and snicked Phehlukwayo delivery to keeper de Kock. Fakhar Zaman played brilliantly after early chance, amassing 70 runs off 73 balls with 10 fours. Imran Tahir took athletic catch at deep fine leg boundary to send Fakhar packing. Pakistan’s second-choice wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan got dismissed by Dwaine Pretorius after miserable 10 runs of 30 deliveries. Shoaib Malik, stand-in captain in absence of regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed suspended on racial comments charge, got run-out after mix-up with Shadab Khan, who himself miss-timed a Wiaan Mulder delivery to short mid-wicket. Imad Wasim played brilliantly to take Pakistan to 240/8 with 31 ball 47 runs, comprising of 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Bowlers, Quinton de Kock make South Africa win ODI Series against Pakistan 3-2
Bowlers, Quinton de Kock make South Africa win ODI Series against Pakistan 3-2

South Africa opener Quinton de Kock made chase easy from get going. His partner Hashim Amla was caught behind early by wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan on Shaheen Shah Afridi delivery. One down Reeza Hendricks farmed fifty plus runs partnership with de Kock before getting dismissed by Mohammad Amir for 34 runs. Quinton de Kock smashed 11 fours and three sixes to register 83 runs of 58 balls, before miss-timing a Usman Shinwari delivery to mid-wicket. Proteas captain Faf du Plessis and new batting find Rassie van der Dussen took hosts home with fifty apiece.

Andile Phehlukwayo has turned star performer for South Africa in ODI series versus touring Pakistan side. He took most wickets with 8 scalps and recorded decent lower order batting to bolster his credentials for all-rounder spot. Rassie van der Dussen has proved his selection right by becoming leading scorer for Proteas with 241 runs in 4 innings. Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis have displayed good batting form. Rotation in South Africa squad has offered rest for senior players and allowed team management to check alternative players. Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has provided extended run to the all-rounders extended in the team.

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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Wiaan Mulder included in South Africa squad for 5th ODI as Pakistan level Series 2-2

South Africa have continued their experimentation with squad for ODI matches against Pakistan. All-rounder Wiaan Mulder is added to Proteas squad for fifth and final ODI. Pieter Willem Adriaan Mulder who bowls medium pace, has played seven ODIs so far with moderate success. Mulder who bats in lower middle order, is a convincing candidate for number 7 all-rounder position. South Africa have made recent changes in ODI squad to identify the best bowling and all-rounder options ahead of Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Wiaan Mulder was injured with ankle problem after 1st ODI versus Zimbabwe at end of September 2018. He recovered from Achilles tendon injury in January 2019 to take part in 4-Day Franchise Series. A career best first-class score of 146 and good bowling figure have earned him ODI recall. His naming in squad means that he is in the fray for all-rounder position before 2019 edition of ICC Cricket World Cup. Mulder is also included in the T20I squad to face the visiting Pakistan side. Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has vowed to give the all-rounders extended run in the team.

Wiaan Mulder added in South Africa squad for 5th ODI against Pakistan with Series level 2-2
Wiaan Mulder added in South Africa squad for 5th ODI against Pakistan with Series level 2-2

South Africa selectors have continued the rotation within the squad. Regular wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock and Pace bowler Dale Steyn were rested from first two ODIs. It is part of Proteas’ efforts to manage the workload of senior players. Pace bowler Duanne Olivier was rested from last three ODIs to give him break before Test series with Sri Lanka.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed will not take part in the 5th ODI, as he is suspended by ICC for 4 matches due to racial comment against Andile Phehlukwayo. Shoaib Malik will lead the green shirts in his absence. Sarfraz had been benched in 4th ODI with Shoaib leading Pakistan. Shoaib Malik will be skipper of Pakistan team in T20I series against Proteas as well.

South Africa squad for 5th ODI: Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Wiaan Mulder

Pakistan ODI squad (5th ODI): Shoaib Malik (c), Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Khan Shinwari