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Category: Cricket World Cup 2019

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Steve Smith hits 76 as David Warner struggles on return to England

• Pair return in World Cup warm-up game against West Indies• Australia win by seven wicketsSteve Smith marked his return to English soil with a typically assured half century – but there were contrasting fortunes for his Australia teammates David Warne…

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Joe Root happy to leave power-hitting to others during World Cup

• England’s No 3 intends to rein in aggressive approach • World Cup to be first 50-over tournament with away shirtsJoe Root has revisited his responsibilities as England’s one-day anchor before the World Cup after admitting he got slightly carried away…

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England World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction

The hosts are, whisper it, among the favourites to lift the Cricket World Cup for the first time after a remarkable transformation but the burden of pressure is enormousIt has been a transformation akin to one of those TV architecture shows, where some…

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Eoin Morgan says England are ‘as ready as we can be’ for World Cup campaign

• Captain desperate to get going with South Africa opener• Jofra Archer believes he is ready to deal with pressureA confident Eoin Morgan declared England to be “in the best possible place” and simply desperate for the World Cup to start after their 15…

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Eoin Morgan says England are ‘as ready as we can be’ for World Cup campaign

• Captain desperate to get going with South Africa opener• Jofra Archer believes he is ready to deal with pressureA confident Eoin Morgan declared England to be “in the best possible place” and simply desperate for the World Cup to start after their 15…

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England’s Cricket World Cup squad is reassuring despite late changes

Willey and Denly were unlucky to miss out but it is a long way from the troubled build-ups to previous tournamentsThe workmen were at Lord’s on Tuesday, putting a fresh coat of glossy black paint on the North Gate and fixing up the whitewash around the…

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Cricket World Cup 2019: Ed Smith explains England’s squad selection – video

Jofra Archer, Tom Curran and Liam Dawson have been named in England’s 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup, announced on Tuesday. Surrey’s Curran edged out the left-armer David Willey in the pace-bowling selection, while Dawson’s specialist spin was …

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World Cup retains its primacy and England is the best place for it | Matthew Engel

Despite the ICC’s attempts to muddy the waters every team will have a decent following for the 12th iteration beginning next weekJack Bannister, who died in 2016, was an influential figure in cricket: fine seam bowler for Warwickshire, pioneer of the p…

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Bangladesh World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction

Bangladesh are still recovering from events in Christchurch but upset the West Indies three times in the past month to win their first one-day series finalBig bats, high pace and leg-spin: that is how teams like England, India, Australia and South Afri…

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England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup squad – in pictures

From Eoin Morgan to Mark Wood: profiles of the 15 England players selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup Continue reading…

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Jofra Archer named in England’s Cricket World Cup squad as Willey misses out

• Pace bowler has made rapid rise since qualifying for selection• Dawson makes squad as back-up spinner in preference to DenlyJofra Archer’s rapid rise was cemented on Tuesday morning when England’s selectors named the Barbadian-born fast bowler in the…

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England give pace bowler Jofra Archer the nod for World Cup squad

• Sussex star did not qualify to represent England until March• Joe Denly and David Willey set to miss outJofra Archer will see his remarkable cricketing rise capped off by a place in England’s World Cup squad, with David Willey set to be the unlucky s…

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Australia World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction

Rejuvenated under Justin Langer, the champions are suddenly contenders again but must find a way to integrate Steve Smith and David Warner back into a winning sideA few months ago, we were talking up the prospect of Afghanistan spinning out Australia o…

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Moeen Ali: ‘What has happened to us? There’s so much hate in the world’ | Ali Martin

All-rounder is wary of social media but proud of his Birmingham roots, as he prepares for a World Cup and Ashes summerIt’s a woefully wet Wednesday in south Birmingham but, in the shelter of Edgbaston’s cavernous indoor school, Moeen Ali is working on …

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Liam Dawson in contention for World Cup spot after impressive county form

• Hampshire player took 18 wickets with batting average of 45• Eoin Morgan: ‘I could pick 17 names at the moment’Liam Dawson is expected to enter the debate over England’s World Cup squad when the selectors and the captain, Eoin Morgan, convene on Mond…

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‘Jofra’s a genius’ – the lowdown on what makes Archer different

With the West Indies-born quick expected to be named in England’s World Cup squad, three who know him best explain his special talent“He’d be the first man on my teamsheet. Jofra’s an absolute genius, and I don’t think he’s anywhere near his full poten…

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Afghanistan World Cup guide: game plan, key player and prediction

Kicking off our pre-tournament series, we look at Afghanistan’s hopes for the Cricket World Cup under surprise new captain Gulbadin NaibIn April, only a month before the World Cup, the Afghan cricket board decided to replace the eponymous national team…

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David Willey and Tom Curran fight for England’s last World Cup spot

England’s bowlers brace themselves for bad news as Ed Smith gets ready to decide final 15England will reveal their final World Cup squad at Lord’s on Tuesday morning and for one of the 16 players deployed so far against Pakistan – a series they lead 3-…

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David Willey and Tom Curran fight for England’s last World Cup spot

England’s bowlers brace themselves for bad news as Ed Smith gets ready to decide final 15England will reveal their final World Cup squad at Lord’s on Tuesday morning and for one of the 16 players deployed so far against Pakistan – a series they lead 3-…

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England’s Mark Wood looks to make World Cup claim against Pakistan

• Fast bowler has not played since West Indies winter tour • Wood: ‘It looks like one bowler will miss out for World Cup’Trent Bridge has been a torture chamber for bowlers in recent times but it is here, in the fourth ODI against Pakistan, that Englan…