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Category: Cricket World Cup 2019

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Jofra Archer fiddle-faddle shows England still getting World Cup wrong | Barney Ronay

Pace bowler qualifies to play for England on Sunday but picking him this late for the tournament would be a bad decisionA weird thing kept happening during the TV broadcast of England’s white-ball series against West Indies. Whenever an English batsman…

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Rejuvenated Australia head to Dubai with spring in their step | Geoff Lemon

The dilemma now for national selectors is where to fit in Steve Smith and David WarnerEven on the face of it, it’s a hell of a turnaround. In the early hours of Thursday morning, Australia became the fifth team in history to come back from a 2-0 defici…

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The Spin | England’s ODI side exasperate and excite, but you have to watch them

The series against West Indies was a reminder how entertaining the 50-over format can be and the need for World Cup victory“It was fine when it left my hand,” was a response I occasionally gave to an exasperated captain after being hit for six. It alwa…

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The Spin | England’s ODI side exasperate and excite, but you have to watch them

The series against West Indies was a reminder how entertaining the 50-over format can be and the need for World Cup victory“It was fine when it left my hand,” was a response I occasionally gave to an exasperated captain after being hit for six. It alwa…

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England’s Trevor Bayliss offers Jofra Archer chance to stake World Cup claim

• All-rounder likely to get opportunity against Ireland in May• Coach’s comments come after England rout by West IndiesTrevor Bayliss has confirmed Jofra Archer will get a chance to state his case for a place in England’s World Cup squad at the start o…

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Inflatables and influencers: Make Cricket Cool Again or make it free? | Emma John

The Cricket World Cup does not need McFly and Love Island to be cool. It is just lost behind Sky’s paywallAdmiral Jellicoe probably wouldn’t have been a big advocate for one-day cricket. In the first world war, the commander of the British fleet gained…

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Eoin Morgan expects West Indies to put England’s dominance to the test

• England highly favoured before 50-over series begins• Captain looking to fine-tune in run-up to World CupThe Kensington Oval has already chewed up and spat out the concept of favourites and underdogs on this Caribbean tour, so while Eoin Morgan’s Eng…

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The Spin | Questions facing England in West Indies 100 days out from World Cup

A new-ball partner for Woakes, whether Wood has a role and back-up batting at the top of the order are among the issuesEngland play 11 one-day internationals and two warm-up internationals before the World Cup starts on 30 May, but this five-match seri…

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Ricky Ponting to join Australia’s coaching staff for World Cup

Former captain to be a ‘valuable mentor’ to squadGraeme Hick to focus on Ashes preparation Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach for Australia’s looming World Cup campaign. The former Test captain will work with Australia’s limited ove…

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Strap in for the Super Bowl of Masonry: 2019 in weird sports | Simon Burnton

Perhaps it’s time some of sport’s more overlooked events had their chance to shine in 2019. World Championship Scotch Pie Awards, anyone?At the start of what is going to be, at least numerically speaking, an odd year, we look ahead to 12 months with no…

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Selectors swing axe as Australia names ODI squad against India

Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short and Travis Head left outTrio of Test fast bowlers rested as Nathan Lyon eyes spin spotAustralia have pulled apart their one-day batting line-up and given Usman Khawaja a chance to impress ahead of the World Cup with the side ha…

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2019, World Cup fever No 1: day of reckoning for England’s four-year plan | Simon Burnton

Much has changed since the debacle of 2015, not least the settling on two spinners who can help control a gameWith a home World Cup swiftly followed by a home Ashes series the summer of 2019 has the potential to rival the greatest in the history of the…

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Thrilling England must captivate nation before cricket’s uncertain 2020

A home World Cup, Ashes series and historic Lord’s Test against Ireland await before the game as we know it disappearsWell, 2019 is supposed to be the year for English cricket. This is when opportunity knocks again and the old summer game captivates th…

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Anderson can be England’s archaic weapon in modern one-day world | Barney Ronay

Who would World Cup opposition openers least want to face on a nibbly early-summer morning? Anderson, Wood or Stone?If I had to draw up a top-five list of eccentric 20th-century British army officers Jack Churchill would definitely be up there, at the …

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Olly Stone quick to make his case for World Cup service with England

The fast bowler announced himself in second ODI with Sri Lanka and Eoin Morgan says he is already in shake-up for World CupBefore what could generously be described as nice weather for ducks, a fast bowler who started out with Vauxhall Mallards of the …

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England’s Olly Stone could be World Cup game-changer, says Eoin Morgan

• Captain praises Stone’s bowling in first outing against Sri Lanka• ‘You can’t disregard Olly from World Cup based on today’Eoin Morgan expects that with Alex Hales kicking his heels in reserve, and the back-up bowlers watching Olly Stone’s encouragin…

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Eoin Morgan prepared to drop himself from England side at World Cup

• ‘If I am not good enough to be in the team I will say it’• England captain preparing for series in Sri LankaEoin Morgan has said he would be willing to drop himself at next year’s World Cup if he were out of form.England, who are No 1 in the one-day …

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Scotland should be at Cricket World Cup – here’s a way they could be | The Spin

Sunday’s thrilling victory over England showed Scotland’s potential and made a mockery of the decision to restrict the 2019 Cricket World Cup to 10 teamsThe enthralling Scottish match raised two simple questions. Why are Scotland not playing in the 201…

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ICC chief applies a positive spin at 2019 World Cup launch

• Street cricket at party in Brick Lane kicks off countdown• ‘It is challenge keeping formats from cannibalising each other’It is a brave move to stage a World Cup in a country where the chairman of the board believes “the younger generation” and the “…

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Eoin Morgan not daring to dream of World Cup glory despite England’s form

• England up to third in ODI rankings after six series wins in a row• Morgan wary after disappointment in 2016 World T20 finalEoin Morgan will not allow himself to visualise lifting the World Cup at Lord’s next summer but believes his England team will…