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Jofra Archer, England
Jofra Archer (Image Credit: Getty Images)

2019 World Cup: Eoin Morgan Pleased to See Jofra Archer Donning England Jersey

Chasing as the strongest team for the first time in ICC World Cup 2019, England now will face West Indies. And while they have been slaying the most, the Windies clash on June 14 will be a quite difficult one whereas the Barbadian-born young English pacer will be facing his native West Indies for the first time at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground. And the skipper Eoin Morgan knows better than anyone, the emotions Jofra Archer will be facing.

The Dublin born Eoin Morgan had represented Ireland and England in the international cricket. He was the captain of the U-19 World Cup to represent Ireland and ended up being the second highest run-getter of the event. However, his performance for England Lions against South Africa earned him a place by England’s 30-man squad for ICC World T20. And now, it’s been over a decade since he switched sides with Ireland and became a permanent kick for England.

Eoin Morgan knows the emotions Jofra Archer would feel facing Windies

Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan, England, World Cup 2019,

The Southpaw skipper Morgan is all set to march up against the Caribbeans at the Rose Bowl Cricket ground on Friday. Morgan’s team will include the young pacing sensation that has knocked the wind out of Bangladesh in the last match. Young Barbadian pacer, Archer had banked three wickets with two maidens in the 12th match of World Cup 2019. Archer qualified for the premier league earlier this year and can bowl at 95 mph. This constant speed delivered by the young pacer makes him the central figure of England’s bowling squad.

England will be facing the West Indies, who overlooked the talented Archer for the U-19 World Cup four years ago. It was this incident that pushed Archer through the chain of events and climbed up the ladder from the Sussex to the main squad of England. However, heading to their fourth match, skipper Morgan feels great for having Archer by their side.

“I think it is a moment where you reaffirm your decision. The difference is the feel. When you play against guys that you’ve played with at age-group level, it feels like a club game against your mates you’ve known for a long time, compared to playing against strangers. That’s a different feel. Being in that position myself it does feel different. He won’t know how it feels until he plays the game. If I feel the need (to speak to him) I will, but I haven’t yet.”

Morgan backs Archer ahead of the West Indies clash in Southampton on Friday

Eoin Morgan, Jofra Archer, England, World Cup 2019,
England beat Pakistan by seven wickets in T20 as Jofra Archer takes two wickets on debut

Nonetheless, Morgan backs Archer for the inevitable scrutiny he’ll be facing in the Windies clash. Morgan believes that Archer is young and has space for improvement. He said that in the past, Archer has been able to quickly come-off of the challenges posted against him.

“Jofra is extremely interesting because everything he has been confronted with, particularly out on the field, he has overcome. He’s still learning, he’s very young, he has a lot of talent, and that is great for us. It’s great that he’s in an England shirt now.”

Meanwhile, Archer had featured for six ODIs with England and has scalped a total of nine wickets till now. Archer will be up against some familiar faces such as West Indies’ captain Jason Holder and Shai Hope. There will also be also Archer’s former youth teammates Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer respectively.


England has won two of the three matches played so far, whereas West Indies defeated Pakistan at the lowest score of the tournament this year. The third match against South Africa was called off due to rain, as each team has bagged a point each. England sits at the fourth position with four points while Windies is at the sixth with just three points.


ICC World Cup 2019: Neil McKenzie Feels Bangladesh Needs to Get Acclimatized to the Surfaces in England and Ireland Rather Than Getting Used to the Cold

The batting coach of Bangladesh, Neil McKenzie is of the opinion that Bangladesh needs to get used to the pitches in England and Ireland rather than trying to adjust to the conditions in Ireland and England. Bangladesh who are playing their pre World Cup preparation series started off on a poor note as they lost the match against Ireland A by 88 runs. This was the only practice game for Bangladesh ahead of the tri-series which also involves Ireland and Windies.

“The experienced guys know whatever it takes to play in different conditions,” Neil McKenzie told reporters after the warm-up match. “I don’t think it’s the cold, its mainly the surfaces. Your lines change, lengths change and also your scoring opportunities change. So it’s not the weather it’s more the surface, the pitch condition and the various types of bowlers you will be facing.”

There is no doubt about the fact that Bangladesh has to get acclimatized to the cold weather in the Irish and English conditions. They had practised in the hot summer month in Dhaka and had to get used to the cold conditions in Ireland. The temperature in Ireland has gone down to two degrees at night. The temperature at the day time has been around 10 to 11 degrees.

ICC World Cup 2019: Neil McKenzie Feels Bangladesh Needs to Get Acclimatized to the Surfaces in England and Ireland Rather Than Getting Used to the Cold 1

In the only warm-up match, the Bangladesh bowlers were plundered around the park and failed to find good line and length. They conceded 307 runs in a 50 overs match against a 2nd string Irish side. The batters proved to be disappointing as well. Many of them got starts but never managed to convert their starts into big ones.

“They all sort of back their own abilities. You know England wickets aren’t as quick as South Africa and Australia, so I don’t think it’s the technical side that we have to worry about. Obviously bowling in England, for the slower ball bouncer there is a bit of grip, so you have to try to hit square of the wicket,” McKenzie was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“In Bangladesh, you can just throw your hand at the ball and try to get slightly leg side whereas in England, you try to get to the pitch of the ball, try to get on top of it, try to hit as late as possible.” Talking about the preparations for the World Cup, McKenzie highlighted the experience of the coaching staff in England, and how it keeps Bangladesh in good stead. But he also said that the players, despite all the coaching and guidance they can provide, will need to find a formula that works for them best.

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The new jersey for Bangladesh for the 2019 World Cup. (Image Courtesy: Bd crictime. com)

“There are different technical aspects that we touched on. Obviously, Steve Rhodes is from England and he knows the English condition really really well. He knows the county pitches and conditions as well. Courtney Walsh played in England for many years, I played in England for five years, so we will try to access the sign of the different wickets and conditions and plan accordingly. We will try to prepare the guys as best we know how and give them what we think is the best formula but they will have to formalize themselves.

“These guys are quality players. If you give them enough time at the crease, they will formalize on their own. We are just trying to fast track that. We just came from New Zealand, we now have the tri-series and some of the warm-up games to prepare ourselves, so we will prepare our best in the next three weeks. Acclimatization is a huge factor. There are some guys who have come from BPL. But at least we have come here early. Trying to keep the guys fresh. I am sure we will be fine,” Neil McKenzie concluded.

Michael Holding tips Shai Hope as the future of Windies cricket. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Shai Hope And John Campbell Break All-Time Opening Partnership Record In ODIs

Windies openers Shai Hope and John Campbell scripted history on Sunday after they broke the all-time opening partnership record in the 50 overs format of the game. The duo of Shai Hope and Campbell achieved the feat during the 1st ODI of the ongoing tri-series against Ireland in Dublin.

The exceptional performance helped the duo get past Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq who had added 304 runs for the opening wicket against Zimbabwe previous year. The record by Hope and Campbell will surely lift Windies as a nation as they look to spring in a surprise or two in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

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The opening duo of Hope and Campbell shared a mammoth 365 runs for the opening wicket in 47.2 overs to script history. Eventually, it was Barry McCarthy who broke the marathon stand when he got rid of John Campbell. The latter was dismissed after scoring 179 of 137 deliveries. The knock included 15 fours and 6 sixes. Meanwhile, Shai Hope scored 170 of 152 deliveries which included 22 fours and a couple of monstrous sixes.

Meanwhile, the duo also became the 2nd pair in the history of ODI cricket to share a stand of more than 300 runs for the opening wicket. The India record is held by none other than the great Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly when they stitched together a sensational stand of 258 runs against Kenya at Paarl.

Here is a list showing the top ten opening-wicket stand:

Partners Runs Team Opposition Ground
Shai Hope, John Campbell 365 West Indies v Ireland Dublin
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman 304 Pakistan v Zimbabwe Bulawayo
WU Tharanga, ST Jayasuriya 286 Sri Lanka v England Leeds
DA Warner, TM Head 284 Australia v Pakistan Adelaide
Q de Kock, HM Amla 282* South Africa v Bangladesh Kimberley
WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan 282 Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe Pallekele
JAH Marshall, BB McCullum 274 New Zealand v Ireland Aberdeen
SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar 258 India v Kenya Paarl
JJ Roy, AD Hales 256* England v Sri Lanka Birmingham
SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar 252 India v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS)


Ben Foakes, Virender Sehwag
Ben Foakes. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England vs Ireland, Only ODI: Watch- Ben Foakes Affects a Sensational Yet Controversial Stumping

English wicket-keeper Ben Foakes pulled off a rare stumping as England won the one-off ODI against neighbours Ireland by 4 wickets. There is certainly no doubt about the fact that wicket-keepers have to be animated all the time and look for something different. The stumping affected by Ben Foakes was no different.

As Joe Denly delivered the ball outside the leg stump, Ireland batter Andrew Balbirnie attempted a sweep shot and missed it altogether. The wide was signalled by the on-field umpire. As Balbirnie missed the delivery, his feet were well rooted in the crease. However just as he went to get up after his stretch, Ben Foakes whipped off the bails to send back Andrew Balbirnie back to the pavilion.

Meanwhile, Ben Foakes made it to the English squad in the absence of Alex Hales who has been banned for recreational drug use for the 2nd time in his career. He has also been removed from the World Cup squad. Ben Foakes might be in contention for the spot when the home team tries to win their first coveted title in history.

Ben Foakes, Sam Billings
Ben Foakes receives his maiden call-up.

Foakes who did a terrific job behind the wickets, he justified his selection by scoring a well-deserved half-century. He scored 61 of 76 deliveries to take England towards the victory target. He also shared a brilliant stand of 98 runs for the 7th wicket with Tom Curran who also scored an impressive 47 of 56 deliveries.

After this particular mode of dismissal, people might start criticising the wicket-keeper for violating the spirit of the game. Despite just like Ravichandran Ashwin’s Mankading case, the ICC gave a green signal and stated that Ben Foakes was well within his rights to affect the stumping in that particular manner.

As per the law of MCC, “unless No ball or Wide ball has been called, it will be a valid ball if the striker has had an opportunity to play it, except in the circumstances of and Laws 24.4 (Player returning without permission), 28.2 (Fielding the ball), 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract striker) and 41.5 (Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman).”

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Windies Avail Services of Ramnaresh Sarwan as a Mentor for Ireland Tri-Series

Windies veteran Ramnaresh Sarwan has been roped in as a mentor on Wednesday (April 17) for the Caribbean national team. Sarwan will assist the batsmen during the tri-nation series in Ireland. However, the revamped board hasn’t cleared his position for the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

The Cricket West Indies has recently overhauled the coaching staff including team management. The overhauling came to the forth in a bid to streamline the cricketing structure in Windies.

Following his formal acceptance to the invitation, Sarwan will fly to Ireland with Windies team led by Jason Holder. Recently, the board has named a 14-man squad as the tournament will run between May 5 and 17 respectively.

Besides, Bangladesh is the other team partaking in the tri-nation series.

Meanwhile, with quadrennial event kicking-off on May 30, Windies will start their campaign on the very next day against Pakistan at the Trent Bridge.

Ramnaresh Sarwan happy with a coaching gig:

Ramnaresh Sarwan, Windies, Ireland
Sarwan set to nurse Windies team. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 38-year-old Sarwan reiterated his focus would be on the technical aspect of the game. He is further hopeful of lending helping head to newly-appointed coach Floyd Reifer, who has replaced Richard Pybus.

“I have come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve, and to offer as much help to the head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff,” Sarwan said in a release.

While expressing his delight, Sarwan added that the Windies Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams gave him a call to assist the Caribbean team. Sarwan is keen to impart the knowledge to the youngsters.

“I am very excited to be here. When I received the call from Jimmy (Adams), I was very overwhelmed at being asked to assist West Indies cricket again. I am really grateful for the opportunity and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the players, even though it will just be a few days, and hoping it will help them in some way or other,” Sarwan said.

Windies and conversion rate:

Ramnaresh Sarwan, Windies, Ireland
Sarwan has played a quintessential role for the Caribbean nation team during his tenure. Photo Credit: Reuters.

The star batsman has featured in 181 ODIs, 87 Tests and 18 T20Is for Windies which has career extending over 13 years. The prominent batsman has further nursed the raw talent on Caribbean shores.

His sole focus is to help batters on keeping the scoreboard ticking.

“I know our batsmen have struggled in the past with rotating the strike. So, I am trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area. It’s not an overnight fix. But it’s important to share ideas with them, so that they have something to build on,” Sarwan added.

Furthermore, Reifer stated Sarwan himself had been an outstanding batsman. And particularly in finishing the games for his national team in the 50-over format. He is hopeful that Sarwan’s wealth of knowledge will boost the batsmen.

“We are hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games. Also, the mindset, and how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last. So, we thought that kind of knowledge was very important to share,” Reifer stated.

It gives a clear indication that experienced campaigner Sarwan will guide the Windies team in the United Kingdom (UK) during the twelfth edition of the World Cup.


Afghanistan vs Ireland Only Test 2019 Dehradun – Match Report

Afghanistan scripted history as they registered their maiden Test victory as they defeated Ireland by 7 wickets in the one-off Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun today. It will be surely the biggest moment in the history of Afghanistan cricket. Winning a Test match is indeed a special achievement for the young bunch of guys who have come along a long way and have taken giant strides in international cricket.

2nd innings for Ireland

After securing a big lead of 142 runs, Afghanistan was in the driver’s seat. However, Ireland made a good comeback with the bat in the 2nd innings securing a tricky lead o f147 runs. It was going to be a tricky task for Afghanistan. However, they chased the target down with considerable ease in the end and won the match by 7 wickets.

Andrew Balbirnie was the top scorer for Ireland in the 2nd innings. He looked in great touch and defied the Afghan bowlers for a good amount of time. He also found the gaps quite consistently and struck 11 fours during his fluent knock. Eventually, he was dismissed by Waqar Salamkheil at the score of 82.

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No 11 batsman Tim Murtagh again contributed with the bat quite brilliantly with a stroke-filled 27. Eventually, Ireland was bowled out for 288 giving Afghanistan a target of 147 in the 2nd innings.

2nd innings for Afghanistan 

Afghanistan lost the opening wickets pretty cheaply which would have given some hope to the Irish. However, the sensational partnership of 139 runs Ihsanullah Janat scored a brilliant 65 which included 8 fours and a couple of sixes. He looked in sensational touch and took on the Irish bowlers.

Rahmat Shah on the other hand also looked in great touch and top-scored for the Afghans for a score of 78. His knock included 13 fours and was instrumental in taking the Afghans over the line. The hosts lost a couple of more wickets but by then the target was within touching distance. Eventually, the chased the target down with 7 wickets n the hut.

Performers of the day

The performers of the day were definitely the two Afghan batsmen Ihsanullah Janat and Rahmat Shah who looked exceptional and score 65 and 78 respectively which helped the hosts get over the line with utmost ease in the end.

Brief Scores:

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Afghanistan took Day 1 honours against Ireland in Dehradun. (Image Courtesy: Firstpost)

Afghanistan vs Ireland Only Test 2019 Day 1, Dehradun – Match Report

Two emerging cricketing nations Ireland and Afghanistan who recently got their Test status got a chance to rub shoulder against each other in the only Test which is being currently in progress at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uttarakhand. Following the opening day’s play, it was hosts Afghanistan playing in their adopted home who finished the opening day’s play on a high.

1st innings

It was Irish skipper William Porterfield who won the toss and opted to bat. The visiting team got off to a steady start as openers William Porterfield and Paul Stirling shared an impressive 37 runs stand in 8 overs. However just as the Irish openers were making things difficult for Afghanistan, it was Yamin Ahmadzai who provided Afghans with the first breakthrough in the form of Paul Stirling’s wicket.

The fast bowler added one more in no time while Mohammed Nabi bagged the prized wicket of Porterfield. Ireland could never get going and kept losing wickets on a consistent basis. Mohammad Nabi was the wrecker in chief in the early stages along with Ahmadzai. Both bowled brilliantly and was also backed up by the sensational spinner Rashid Khan.

Ireland would have been bowled out without reaching the 100 mark but some of the lower order batsmen had some other ideas. George Dockrell and No 11 batsman Tim Murtagh shared a brilliant 93 runs partnership for the final wicket to take Ireland to 172 runs.

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Tim Murtagh played brilliantly. (Credits – Twitter)

No 11 Murtagh scored a breezy 54 of 75 deliveries which included 4 fours and a couple of sixes. While Yamin Ahmadzai and Mohammad Nabi bagged 3 wickets each, Rashid Khan also bagged a couple of important wickets.

2nd innings

Hosts Afghanistan needed to get off to a good start to secure a sizeable lead and put the oppositions under pressure. Ihsanullah Janat was dismissed by James Cameron after an opening partnership of 27 runs with wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shehzad. The heavily built small man looked in good touch and scored 40 of 64 deliveries which included 6 fours and a six. He was eventually dismissed by the same bowler. Eventually, Afghanistan finished the day’s play on 91/2. Rahmat Shah is at the crease with Hashmatullah Shahidi.

Performers of the day

Afghanistan vs Ireland 2019: Only Test, Dehradun - Day 1 Report
Credits – Afghanistan Twitter

Tim Murtagh was the star performer for Ireland. Known for his bowling skills, he came in handy batting at No 11. He top scored with a brilliant 54 of 75 deliveries. George Dockrell also scored a supporting 39 of 100 deliveries. For Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi and Yamin Ahmadzai bagged three wickets each and were the top performers of the day for Afghanistan. Rashid Khan also backed them up well with a couple.

Brief Scores: 

Ireland 1st innings:

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Ireland 1st innings

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Afghanistan bowling

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