With the World Cup just around the corner, all participating national teams are bracing themselves for the upcoming mega event. Ten teams will battle it out over the period of six weeks in the quest to clinch the ultimate glory in cricket. England and Wales will be seen hosting the World Cricket Cup 2019, which is set to begin from 30th May. But before the start of the tournament, the hosts will square off against their arch-rivals Australia in a warm-up game on Saturday at Southampton.
Often regarded as the firm favourites to lift their maiden World Cup title, England have been the most consistent team in ODI cricket in recent times. Their explosive batting line-up has been one of the prime reasons behind England’s number one rank in ODI cricket.
Their World Cup squad looks good with the right combination of youth and experience. With Eoin Morgan at the helm, the hosts have the potential to go all the way in this tournament. Few players will make their World Cup debut, whereas some seasoned campaigners will provide the much-needed experience to the young team.
On the other hand, hailed as the most successful outfit in World Cup history, Australia have lifted the trophy five times and featured in seven finals, which remain a record. Aaron Finch will lead the Australian team in the quest for their sixth World Cup crown.
They must be ecstatic with the return of David Warner and Steve Smith after the ball-tampering incident. Warner, in particular, had a sensational IPL, while Smith also looked in decent touch. Though Australia are currently being considered as the underdogs, the reigning champions have the potential to go all the way in this World Cup.
Date: Saturday, 25th May 2019
Time: 03:00 PM IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Live Telecast: Star Network
- James Vince, Liam Dawson and Jofra Archer have been included in the final 15-man squad for the World Cup.
- Alex Hales, Joe Denly and David Willey made way for the trio.
- Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the World Cup, following an injury.
- Kane Richardson will replace the youngster in the team.
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