James Vince Keen to press his case for CWC19 selection

England opener James Vince is keen to make the maximum of the inaugural that has been created by the absence of the reduced regular opener Alex Hales. 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.

James Vince Keen to press his case for CWC19 selection
James Vince Keen to press his case for CWC19 selection

Hales was quiet from ENG’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 last month, which has left an opening spot up for grabs. While Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow seem likely to be England’s first-choice openers, Vince now has a golden chance to make the squad for the marquee tournament as a reserve opener.

It would be a huge break for Vince in what has been a stop-start international career, where he has played 13 Tests since his debut in 2016, and eight games each in the two limited-overs formats, where he debuted in 2015.

“It’s the nature of the way the white-ball side has gone over the last three or four years,” Vince said.

They’ve played some magnificent cricket and got to No.1 in the world, so it’s been a tough team to break into.

“When I have played, it’s been to pop-in for a game, knowing that when the main guys are fit, I’d be out again unless I did something remarkable. All I can do is my best when I do play, and try to force my way into becoming a regular in the squad and then taking chances.”

Vince was part of the XI for the one-off one-day international against Ireland and the only Twenty20 international against Pakistan. While he was dismissed early in the ODI, he played a part in England’s victory in the T20I against Pakistan, where his 27-ball 36 paved the way for a successful chase of 174.

Just over a week before that, he made his career-best List A score of 190, for Hampshire against Gloucestershire in the One-Day Cup.

“I got asked about aspirations at the start of the summer in regards to white-ball cricket and I said I’d do as well as I can for Hampshirem,” he said.

Pleased to start the season well, and as things turned out, I’m here and involved now.

“The plan for the rest of the series is to get a game or two and, hopefully, push my case ahead of the World Cup.”

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Bairstow takes CWC glory over regaining Ashes

England’s Jonny Bairstow has itemized lifting the ICC CWC19 this year as more wanted than an Ashes win. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rabada remains positive among race for CWC19 fitness

Proteas fast bowler is in a fight for fitness as South Africa seeks to avoid an injury crisis before this summer’s CWC in England & Wales. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghan regroups under new leadership with eye on CWC19

Afghanistan will be strong to find their feet under Gulbadin Naib, and use the ODI against Scotland to get used to conditions they can expect in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Afghan regroups under new leadership with eye on CWC19
Afghan regroups under new leadership with eye on CWC19

Afghanistan’s World Cup preparation got a bit of a shake-up when the selectors decided to go with a leadership change ahead of the marquee tournament. The team, under Gulbadin Naib, had some time to come together in training camps in South Africa, and now their work will be put to the test against Scotland in a two-match ODI series.

Their next challenge will be to quickly get used to the conditions. Their spinners won’t find much assistance from them, and with games against Ireland to follow before the World Cup, it will be a test for them to find a workaround.

Scotland is playing their first ODI since June 2018. Afghanistan’s higher ranking – No.7 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as against their own No.12 – will only drive them, as it did when they took on, and defeated, No.1-ranked England last summer.

The uncapped medium-pacer Gavin Main has received a call-up, while off-spinner Tom Sole and pacer Brad Wheal have come in to strengthen the bowling. They too have a new man in charge: this will be the first international assignment for new head coach Shane Burger.

Asghar Afghan (Afghanistan): The former captain is set to play his 100th ODI, and will become only the second man from his country, after Mohammad Nabi, to reach the landmark. The selectors have clarified that despite being stripped of the captaincy, Afghan is still a vital part of the side. With half-centuries in his three previous ODI innings, against Ireland, he will create an Afghanistan record if he can add one more to that tally.

Kyle Coetzer (Scotland): The Scotland captain has defined the positive, aggressive style of cricket that his team is keen to play. Having upset England last year and won the T20 quadrangular in Oman, he’ll want the team to take another step forward. This will also be an opportunity to rectify his own numbers, which have been up and down in recent times.

Conditions

it’s set to be cold and rainy in Edinburgh. Mid-day temperatures are forecast at 7°C, with rain expected through the day.

Teams

Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheel

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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

Kapil Dev, India’s World Cup-winning captain, believed a mix of youth and experience in a well-balanced squad would work in India’s favors at the ICC CWC 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Root delighted with winning start to CWC19

Joe Root expressed his delight at England’s winning start, ahead of what is set to be a grueling summer of cricket, featuring the CWC19, followed by a home Ashes series. 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.

Root delighted with winning start to CWC19
Root delighted with winning start to CWC19

England enclosed past Ireland by 4 wickets in a one-off ODI in Dublin, before kicking off their series against Pakistan with a 7 wicket win in the only T20I in Cardiff.

Root supposed that victory against the No.1-ranked T20I team in the world was a step in the right direction as they gear themselves up for the CWC

. “It’s exciting to see the crux of the squad together and to start the journey of the summer,” he said. “

And for us to find a way of winning two matches, I know this is a different format, but the majority of the team will be around for the 50-over stuff.

“It was a great chance for us to start going in the right direction, to get some momentum going into the one-day series. It’s really pleasing to be two from two and, hopefully, now carry that forward throughout those five games.”

Creation the win more pleasing was the fact that it came in the absence of several regular players. England was sans Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, to name a few, for the Pakistan T20I.

In their absence, opening batsman James Vince, who is filling in for the injured Jason Roy, did well with a 27-ball 36 to set the tone for England’s successful chase of 174, though Joe Denly laid the finishing touches with 20* off 12 balls.

Also giving a sight of his talent was the highly commended Jofra Archer, who returned 2/29 in four overs in a high-scoring game.

“You could see the value of what he could bring to a side, that extra bit of zipping,” Root said of Archer.

He is someone that wants to get into the game and make things happen, which is a brilliant quality to have.

“What this game did is provide a huge opportunity for guys who haven’t played a huge amount for England, either before or in recent times. It was really important that those guys got something out of it. It’s about them trying to take that opportunity and us finding a way of winning without a normal-looking T20 side, and I thought it was a fantastic effort from the group to win in the manner that we did.”

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Flintoff wants Archer in England Cricket World Cup Side

The former all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff, said England should call up Jofra Archer to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 side at any cost. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Flintoff wants Archer in England Cricket World Cup Side
Flintoff wants Archer in England Cricket World Cup Side

Archer, the Barbados-born all-rounder, has played for England twice over the last few days after he fulfilled the tweaked eligibility criteria. On his debut, in the one-day international against Ireland, he returned 1/40 as England won by four wickets.

In his next outing, in the one-off Twenty20 International against Pakistan, he came more into his own, returning an excellent 2/29, the best figures by a bowler in the match, as England won by seven wickets.

Archer has impressed in T20 leagues the world over with his all-around skills, and Flintoff believes he’s done enough to warrant a place in England’s World Cup side. “He’s got to be in,” Flintoff was quoted as saying by the BBC. Who I would get rid of anyone? He’s brilliant.

“He is unbelievable – I was watching him bowl the other day and I found it so frustrating that a bloke can bowl so fast with what looks like so little effort. He has so much control, all the tricks – slower balls, bouncers, Yorkers – and the bats as well.”

Archer wasn’t included in England’s 15 for the World Cup, but he is in the squad for the five ODIs against Pakistan, and the series is considered something of an audition for him to earn his place in the team for the premier event.

There has been plenty of talk regarding Archer’s inclusion in the World Cup squad, with the likes of David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood all voicing concerns about how it wouldn’t be fair on an established player.

But Flintoff likened the situation to the time when Kevin Pietersen was brought into the England squad at the expense of Graham Thorpe, who had over 100 Test caps, ahead of the 2005 Ashes. England went on to win the series, riding on Pietersen.

“That [calling up Pietersen for Thorpe] wasn’t popular with everyone because Thorpey had come back in the side and scored a hundred against South Africa, but Kev showed the way to take them on,” Flintoff said.

Archer has that same ability to surprise people, to lead the way and raise the bar.

“Team spirit is born out of winning, I played in a lot of sides, and the only ones that had team spirit were the successful ones. Parachuting someone in is not the issue.”

Archer will look to boost his claims for a World Cup spot when England takes on Pakistan in the first ODI at The Oval on Wednesday, 8 May.

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Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019

Morgan, the England limited-overs skipper, feels the hard-fought wins against Ireland and Pakistan serve as good game practice in lead-up to the CWC19. 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.

Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019
Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019

England stuttered in chase of 198 in the one-off one-day international against Ireland on Friday, 3 May before Ben Foakes rescued them from 101/6. On Sunday, in the T20 against Pakistan, it exited down to the final over, with Morgan guiding his side to a seven-wicket victory. Both wins were far from content, but that does not worry Morgan.

“Two close matches is great practice for us going into a World Cup,” he told Sky Sports.

The guys are learning from this as we go on. They were two different challenges in the space of three days.

“Given we have a fixture in Cardiff during the World Cup, it is very important we get back into the habit of knowing the dimensions of the ground, feeling comfortable with whichever chasing or setting, and getting our plans right when we are bowling.”

Morgan also spoke of the importance of playing a young team. We made a lot of variations today, three guys coming in Jofra Archer, Ben Duckett, and Foakes, and making their debuts, so getting over the line for the guys coming in, and playing a young side is important.

“It makes it easier for them to learn and assess their own performance and the team performance in the right way, as opposed to looking inwards and blaming themselves for losing a game.”

Morgan was lavish in his praise of Archer, who returned 2/29 in his four overs and put the brakes on Pakistan with the dismissals of Haris Sohail and Babar Azam in the 15th over. They were both set batsmen, who had put on a century stand, and Pakistan was able to add only 39 runs in the remaining 25 balls.

I thought Jofra came on from the game in Ireland,” Morgan said. “He showed a lot more of what he’s about. It can take time. Today was another debut for him, and like I said the other day, they don’t always go that well – actually the majority of the time they don’t. But I thought today, he came on a lot more.

“Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity throughout the series the five ODIs against Pakistan to do the same.”

Morgan was extravagant in his praise of Archer, who returned 2/29 in his four overs and put the brakes on Pakistan with the dismissals of Haris Sohail and Babar Azam in the 15th over. They were both set batsmen, who had put on a century stand, and Pakistan was able to add only 39 runs in the remaining 25 balls.

I thought Jofra came on from the game in Ireland,” Morgan said. “He showed a lot more of what he’s about. It can take time. Today was another debut for him, and like I said the other day, they don’t always go that well – actually the majority of the time they don’t. But I thought today, he came on a lot more.

“Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity throughout the series the five ODIs against Pakistan to do the same.” Eoin Morgan said

While Morgan was pleased with Archer’s debut, he was dangerous of the rest of the bowling unit.

“We were a little bit hit-and-miss with our bowling,” he said. “Pakistan are a very good side, but I wouldn’t say it was anywhere near our best with the ball.”

England and Pakistan will now clash in a five-match ODI series, beginning on Wednesday in London.

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Gayle named Caribbean Vice-Captain for CWC19

Caribbean opener Chris Gayle has been named his team’s vice-captain for the CWC19, Caribbean declared on Monday, 6 May.  Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kedar Jadhav sustained a shoulder injury in the field during the IPL 2019 clash between CSK and Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, 5 May, and has been run out for the remainder of the tournament and CWC. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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