ICC World Cup Practice Matches: The Sportsrush presents you the complete list of all the practice matches of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
The wait is nearly over. The mega ICC Cricket World Cup– Cricket’s biggest event is finally about to arrive. It takes four long years, but is worth the wait for sure. The World Cup this year will be conducted in England and Wales.
Before the main tournament kicks-off on May 30, 2019 between the hosts England and the mighty South Africans, there will be a series of warm-up matches for all the 10 teams in order to gear themselves up before the showpiece event, the fixtures of which have been announced by the ICC.
The practice/warm-up matches will be played between 24-28 May 2019 ahead of the start of ‘the action that matters the most’ on May 30. Each team will play 2 warm-up games which will be held at 4 different venues: Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Hampshire Bowl and The Oval.
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As per previous ICC tournaments, warm-up fixtures will be 50 over per side, but will not carry official ODI status, as teams can field all members of their 15-man squad during the match.
Complete list of all Practice Matches:
May 24, 2019- Pakistan vs Afghanistan, at the Bristol County Ground
May 24, 2019- Sri Lanka vs South Africa, at the Cardiff Wales Stadium
May 25, 2019- England vs Australia, at the Hampshire Bowl
May 25, 2019- India vs New Zealand, at The Oval
May 26, 2019- South Africa vs Windies, at the Bristol County Ground
May 26, 2019- Pakistan vs Bangladesh, at the Cardiff Wales Stadium
May 27, 2019- Australia vs Sri Lanka, at the Hampshire Bowl
May 27, 2019- England vs Afghanistan, at The Oval
May 28, 2019- Windies vs New Zealand, at the Bristo County Ground
May 28, 2019- Bangladesh vs India, at the Cardiff Wales Stadium
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India to play its Warm-ups against New Zealand and Bangladesh
India will be playing their two games on May 25 (versus New Zealand) and May 28 (against Bangladesh) respectively. Both the games will be day affairs and start at 10:30 am local time, which is 3 pm IST.
Since there will be no restriction on the playing XI, the entire squad will get a suitable practice ahead of the big event. This will a perfect opportunity to sort out the perfect combinations with both the bat and ball for India.
While on one hand, India will have to decide on whether it plays the two wrist spinners- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal together or it goes with its three ever-potent pace battery- Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
It would be a difficult call for sure (to pick either of the above two options) considering the success India has had with their above spinners off-late in the limited-overs format, and with the recent good run of form the three pacers have had too.
The other option, which is more likely to take place, is to go ‘horses for coarses’ as per the different conditions of pitch and weather in the different venues of England and Wales.