England to face South Africa in opening match

Saturday, 01 Jun, 2019

"You take wickets and you win matches".

This wasn't the first time in this week that Harry celebrated the sport, on Wednesday, he hosted the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup team captains at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II. From judging team form to studying the conditions you have your hands full as you anticipate what's expected to happen in this year's tournament.

It doesn't get much bigger than the first game of a World Cup, so I'm not surprised to see him perform well. The West Indies won the first two editions in 1975 and 1979, while India won in 1983 and 2011.

The live TV broadcast ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opening ceremony will be available on Star Sports 1 and 2.

The all-rounder is coming on the back of a fantastic season for Kolkata Knight Riders, where he smashed sixes at will. They have also chose to bring in stand-up comedian Appurv Gupta who will do a series of World Cup-centric comedy capsules called "Gupta Ji Ki Googli". Tickets for the England-Australia encounter at the Lord's are also available online, but they are sold for a staggering £12,000. Their only home ODI defeat in this span was against India by 8 wickets at Trent Bridge previous year. Normally I get left alone on the tube, but people are just so excited and want to talk.

It might have only interrupted Amla's innings rather than ending it definitively but as soon as Archer pounded the opener's helmet the game changed. "So you need to be a little real about the target".

If you look at the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final two years ago, they got bowled out against Pakistan going a bit too hard whereas against South Africa they adjusted their plans perfectly. The side though is bolstered by the return of Gayle, Russell and Carlos Brathwaite from their IPL commitments.

Pakistan played England at this ground in the fourth ODI and scored 340/7, but lost by three wickets.

Pakistan at ICC tournaments have traditionally been a notch above what they are at other times and this is what Sarfaraz Ahmad, the Pakistan skipper and the cricket fans would be hoping for.

"I thought Faf du Plessis made some really good bowling choices and the variations they bowled were pretty good, I think England would have considered themselves 20 short in a ideal world, which is a positive for us", said the former all-rounder.

I just like this West Indies outfit. But he has been cleared of injury although he didn't feature in the second warm-up game.

"Mohammad Amir is fully fit and available for selection", he told reporters at Nottingham's Trent Bridge.