The host England will take on south Africa in opening match of world cup 2019

england vs south africa

The country that had given cricket is now hosting worlds largest event. yes, I m talking about the cricket world cup 2019. England and whales are hosting the world cup 2019 event. But the country that brought cricket as international sports have never won the world cup. England has been in the finals for the three times but never lifted the world cup trophy. Cricket world cup 2015 has been estimated to watched by more than 1.5 billion people. world cup 2015  final match of the tournament took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between co-hosts New Zealand and Australia in front of a record crowd of 93,013. but if we talk about the tournament average attendance throughout was 21,175 resulting from the cumulative tournament attendance of 1,016,420.

england vs south africa
world cup 2019 opening match England vs South Africa

World cup opening match

Host England will play the very first match against South Africa at the oval. the 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by England and Wales. It is the fifth time that the ICC Cricket World Cup will be held in England. the world is all set to witness the 10 teams that will play each other once in a round-robin tournament taking place around the country.

England vs south africa world cup 2019 1st match
oval cricket ground

key players to watch

If we talk about the host England they look good and have a better chance to grab the world cup for the first time.  England team is lead by the Eoin Morgan. england’s opening is one of the most destructive pair like Jason Roy and Jonny Bristow. both looks in good touch and had performed really well against recent Pakistan series. England, ranked number one in the world, will open the tournament in south London as favorites. since 2015 world cup England has won 17 of their 22 series. In this world cup, England key player would be the opener Jason Roy, Jonny Bristow and the wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Even the England captain Eoin Morgan looks in good touch and he will play a vital role in the middle order.

Jason Roy and Jonny bristow
Jason Roy and Jonny Bristow

On the other hand, South Africa is peaking at just the right time and have won 16 of their last 21 ODIs. in the warm match, the South African opener Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock batted very impressive and scored a healthy run for the team. South African may not be the favorite side but there are real quality and experience in a squad that could take away the game on any day. but Despite Dale Steyn being ruled out of this match with the shoulder injury, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis can still call on Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Andile Phehlukwayo to lead the attack. He also has Imran Tahir, whose leg-spin was so influential in IPL.

south africa bowling squad
Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo

World cup for the next seven weeks

Most awaited cricket tournament the 2019 World Cup finally begins on Thursday at The Oval. For the next seven weeks, cricket will more or less take center stage in the world. the 10 teams that will play each other once in a round-robin tournament and only one winner in the first World Cup to be staged in this country in 20 years. world cup 2019 format will be a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end will play the semi-finals.

The 10-team tournament has gained criticism due to the lack of Associate teams in the tournament. the defending champion Australia will be looking to defend their title. Australia has won the world cup for a record five times. two-time champions India will also begin the tournament as one of the title favorites. on June 5 India will begin its World Cup campaign against South Africa.

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