ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 finally begins on Thursday at The Oval. For the next seven weeks, cricket will be the center stage in England. Ten teams, 48 matches and only one winner in the first World Cup to be staged in this country in 20 years. It should be the very best of times. The 1st match will be England Vs, South Africa.
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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: 1st Match England Vs South Africa Preview
When & where: Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 10:30 am Local Time. The Oval, London
What to expect: Although The Oval is generally good for batting, the pitch had a distinctly green look to it 24 hours before the start of the match – although some of that may be shaved off before the match. There was also some wet weather around in London on Wednesday but the forecast for the game itself is dry but cloudy.
The batting order is set in stone and so the only decision will have been in the seam bowling attack. Mark Wood, still working his way back to fitness. Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes likely to take the new ball. Liam Plunkett will be the third seamer.
Probable playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid.
Without Steyn, South Africa has to choose between Chris Morris or Dwaine Pretorius as the fourth seamer. And if an all-out attack is their bowling plan. Morris, slightly quicker, may get the nod. In the batting department, despite a poor IPL, David Miller is likely to be preferred to the inexperienced Rassie van der Dussen.
Probable playing XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kasigo Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
The pressure of being the first match of a World Cup, anything can happen. It’s going to be a fun seven weeks.
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