ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ross Taylor Believes Batsmen And Bowlers Both Will Dominate
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is just more than one week away to begin. Many experts believe that it will be a high-scoring tournament. However, the senior New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor thinks that they have to prepare for every situation. He feels that the bowlers also can dominate in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Talking about this, Taylor took the example of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which was organised by England and Wales. While many experts had a prediction of the high-scoring tournament, it didn’t run with that kind of batting dominance.
During that tournament, the average completed total (all out, complete and target reached innings) was around 248 runs (excluded incomplete innings). In that tournament, the first innings average was around 269 runs and the second innings average was around 224 runs.
Taylor recently told according to the icc-cricket.com, “You don’t have to go too far back to the Champions Trophy [in 2017], when a lot of people talked about big scores and there weren’t a lot at that tournament. You’ve just got to be flexible, there will be times when the bowlers dominate and the batters will dominate as well. You’ve got to be prepared for anything and adapt accordingly.”
Ross Taylor advised the youngsters for the upcoming Cricket World Cup
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. In this 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, a total of top ten teams will participate.
The 35-year-old Ross Taylor will play his fourth Cricket World Cup in the upcoming edition. Ahead of the forthcoming tournament, he has advised the youngsters to enjoy the competition to give their best.
He said, “It’s a pretty cool event to be a part of and there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs. If you enjoy yourself to the best, you’ll probably play your best as well.”
The game against India on the 25th would be a great preparation – Ross Taylor
Ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, every participating team will play two warm-up matches. New Zealand will face India (25th May) and Windies (28th May) in their two pre-World Cup warm-up matches.
Taylor believes that these warm-up matches will be the great preparation for the Cricket World Cup. Talking about this, he especially highlighted their warm-up game against the no.2-ranked ODI team India, who is one of the favourite teams in this Cricket World Cup.
Taylor commented, “The game against India on the 25th would be a great preparation. They are one of the stronger sides and are favourites going into the tournament. It will be good for us to go out there and have a good hit out as a team.”
Ross Taylor also spoke about the World Cup format
In the Group Stage of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, every team will face all other participating teams for once. The top four sides in the final points table will qualify for the semi-finals. Later, the two semi-final winners will meet in the final of the tournament on 14th July at Lord’s (London). The winner of the final will win the crown of 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. It is a very similar format to the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
Ross Taylor is feeling very excited to play the upcoming Cricket World Cup in this special format.
He said about this format, “The format, with everyone playing everybody, similar to the 1992 World Cup, is pretty exciting and a pretty fair reflection, I think. If you see at World Cups going around in all major sports, it’s more of a Pool-type scenario.”
New Zealand will begin their new Cricket World Cup journey on 1st June when they will face Sri Lanka at Cardiff.
In the previous edition of the Cricket World Cup (2015), New Zealand finished as the runners-up under Brendon McCullum‘s captaincy.
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