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THE PREPARATION FOR WORLD CUP 2019

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is nearing and all the teams are gearing up for the mega event. With the last day of squad announcement approaching fast, the teams have started revealing their squad that will fight for the Champions’ podium in England and Wales.

Most recently the 5 times World Champions and the defending champions, Australia announced their squad for World Cup 2019. David Warner has made his comeback to Kangaroos team. He is currently the top scorer of IPL season 12 with 400 runs scoring 4 half centuries and 1 century in his last 7 games and will now fly to England for the World Cup. Similarly, Steve Smith is also called up for the World Cup after being banned for the ball tampering scandal last year. Aaron Finch will remain the Captain of the side for World Cup as well, as his performance as a captain and batsman both have been superb in recent times. The Left-handed Usman Khwaja is also included in the squad. Shaun Marsh’s selection has caused to raise eyebrows in a few circles as some people believe Peter Handscomb would have been a better choice.

Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon are the couple of spin options Australian team have decided to settle for and keep their focus on the pacers in their bowling pack. Their pace options consist of Left arm Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Patt Cummins and Nathan Coulter-nile.

The Kangaroos have also acquired services of All-rounder Glen Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Jhye Richardson and have selected Alex Carey to keep the wickets.

Earlier this week the BCCI also came forward and disclosed their squad selection for the mega event. There were no surprises when Virat Kohli was announced as the Captain for the tournament as he was the best available choice at India’s disposal for an event like World Cup. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were the other obvious names as the openers. The duo have been giving their team excellent starts now for a long time and their selection is well justified by their numbers and experience.

The bowling line up is starred by pacers Bhuveneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah who is joined by Mohammad Shami who grabbed his spot after a brilliant stint in ongoing IPL. Yuzvendara Chahal and Keedar Jadhav are the full time spinner India will rely on.

India were not short of wicket keeping options and they picked 3 for the World Cup. The legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni is accompanied by Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul in the wicket keeping department who can also bat well when given chances.

The all-rounders spots that BCCI confirmed for the ICC World Cup 2019 were for Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja. Hardik Pandya’s hard hitting is well known along with his batting while Ravindra Jadeja can provide breakthrough with the ball when his team requires. In a nutshell, Australian and Indian World Cup squads are well balanced, with a mix of experience and young blood and look good enough to go far in the competition.

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