Cricket World Cup Fixtures 2019

The 2019 Cricket World Cup in England is almost upon us, and here we have all the 48 fixtures to be played over the 6 weeks long tournament.

The 48 fixtures at the 2019 cricket world cup are made up of 45 round robin fixtures, followed by two semi-finals, and a final. The 45 round robin matches sees all ten teams play each other once. The top 4 teams from the group of 10 go into the semi-finals.

Cricket World Cup Fixtures 2019

May

    • England vs South Africa, The Oval, 10.30am, Thursday 30th
    • West Indies vs Pakistan, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Friday 31st

June

    • New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Cardiff, 10.30am, Saturday 1st
    • Afghanistan vs Australia, Bristol, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 1st
    • South Africa vs Bangladesh, The Oval, 10.30am, Sunday 2nd
    • England vs Pakistan, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Monday 3rd
    • Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Cardiff, 10.30am, Tuesday 4th
    • South Africa vs India, Southampton, 10.30am, Wednesday 5th
    • Bangladesh vs New Zealand, The Oval, 1.30pm (day/night), Wednesday 5th
    • Australia vs West Indies, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Thursday 6th
    • Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Bristol, 10.30am, Friday 7th
    • England vs Bangladesh, Cardiff, 10.30am, Saturday 8th
    • Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Taunton, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 8th
    • India vs Australia, The Oval, 10.30am, Sunday 9th
    • South Africa vs West Indies, Southampton, 10.30am, Monday 10th
    • Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Bristol, 10.30am, Tuesday 11th
    • Australia vs Pakistan, Taunton, 10.30am, Wednesday 12th
    • India vs New Zealand, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Thursday 13th
    • England vs West Indies, Southampton, 10.30am, Friday 14th
    • Lanka vs Australia, The Oval, 10.30am, Saturday 15th
    • South Africa vs Afghanistan, Cardiff, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 15th
    • India vs Pakistan, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Sunday 16th
    • West Indies vs Bangladesh, Taunton, 10.30am, Monday 17th
    • England vs Afghanistan, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Tuesday 18th
    • New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Wednesday 19th
    • Australia vs Bangladesh, Trent Bridge, 10.30, Thursday 20th
    • England vs Sri Lanka, Headingley, 10.30am, Friday 21st
    • India vs Afghanistan, Southampton, 10.30am, Saturday 22nd
    • West Indies vs New Zealand, Old Trafford, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 22nd
    • Pakistan vs South Africa, Lord’s, 10.30am, Sunday 23rd
    • Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Southampton, 10.30am, Monday 24th
    • England vs Australia, Lord’s, 10.30am, Tuesday 25th
    • New Zealand vs Pakistan, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Wednesday 26th
    • West Indies vs India, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Thursday 27th
    • Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Friday 28th
    • Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Headingley, 10.30am, Saturday 29th
    • New Zealand vs Australia, Lord’s, 1.30pm (day/night) Saturday 29th
    • England vs India, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Sunday 30th

July

    • Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Monday 1st
    • Bangladesh vs India, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Tuesday 2nd
    • England vs New Zealand, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Wednesday 3rd
    • Afghanistan vs West Indies, Headingley, 10.30am, Thursday 4th
    • Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Lord’s, 10.30am, Friday 5th
    • Sri Lanka vs India, Headingley, 10.30am, Saturday 6th
    • Australia vs South Africa, Old Trafford, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 6th
    • First semi-final: 1st vs 4th, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Tuesday 9th
    • Second semi-final: 2nd vs 3rd, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Thursday 11th
    • Final, Lord’s, 10.30am, Sunday 14th

There are reserve days set aside for the two semi-finals, and final.

cricket world cup fixtures 2019
Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of cricket will host the World Cup Final on 14th July.

Cricket World Cup Betting

In cricket world cup betting, hosts England go into the tournament as 2/1 favourites. They are closely followed by India at 3/1.

Eoin Morgan’s England side are the number 1 ranked side in the world in 50 Overs cricket. This is based mainly on their destructive batting line up, made up with big hitters like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler.

English Cricket Humiliated Again

Yet another atrocious performance from England as they lost their second cricket world cup match, this time to New Zealand by just the 8 wickets and with more than 37 Overs to spare.

England have now lost to arguably the two best teams in this world cup (South Africa might well contest that). Given the quality of the two teams, losing to Australia and New Zealand is not such a bad thing and no major surprise, but it’s manner of the defeat that is the real problem.

In both matches it was embarrassing. Everyone thought the defeat to Australia was bad enough, but the New Zealand one was arguably worse. Against Australia, the defeat was mainly down to the bowlers, against New Zealand it was clearly the fault of the batsman (although Steven Finn did himself no favours). Both disciplines have badly misfired so far in this tournament.

So where do England go now?

The main benefactor from the latest calamity will probably be Ravi Bopara. I’ve been a serious critic of his over the years, and if he is only in the team as a batsman, I would continue to question his involvement. The fact is that England haven’t used him as a bowler in recent matches, and if they are not going to bowl him, I believe he isn’t worth a place in this team (yes, even this team). I have no issue with Ravi playing as an all-rounder, my issue is simply with him playing solely as a batsman.

I would now bring Ravi Bopara back into the team, and I would use him as a bowler. England need something different, both Finn and Broad are too similar and batsmen can get set against them. Bopara will give Eoin Morgan a different option.

About 12-18 months back his bowling was a major plus point for England. He was taking wickets and was bowling with a reasonable economy rate.

Last year in England’s 4-1 ODI series defeat in Australia, Bopara bowled 25 Overs in five matches, taking three wickets, with an economy rate of 4.52 an Over. I know that’s nothing world beating, or it’s not anything to build your team around, but it isn’t a bad return for what is effectively a fifth-sixth bowler, playing as an all-rounder.

Another bowler who has done nothing wrong, but who will still not get the nod to play is James Tredwell. An experienced ODI performer and his economy rate for England is exceptional.

Due to negativity though, England just won’t play a second spinner. The space freed up in the team by Moeen Ali’s versatility gives England options, but they just use it as an excuse to pick an extra seamer to go to all parts of the ground bowling slower ball bouncers. If we didn’t have a guy with an economy rate like Tredwell, I could understand not playing him, but we do!

All this will be rendered irrelevant if you are going to bat like England did last night though. You can have Holding, Marshall, Gardner, McGrath, etc, and even they would struggle to defend scores of 123.

England’s saving grace is that this is a long tournament. Their hardest group stage fixtures are now behind them, and England can start focusing on qualifying from the group and rebuilding their confidence. By the time the quarter-final fixtures eventually come around (starting on 18th March), England could be in a totally different place.

Confidence and form can turn around very quickly in this game. And although I am not advocating running out and betting on England winning the World Cup, it’s not impossible that England could turn their form around and be in a totally different place come the world cup quarter-finals.

ICC Cricket World Cup – The Bowlers To Watch

It is often said that One-Day Cricket is a batsman’s game, with seemingly endless powerplays making the job of the bowler something of a thankless task.

But in the favourable conditions of the World Cup’s host countries; Australia – where pacey, bouncy wickets offer as much to the bowler as the batsman, and New Zealand – with its lush, green pitches and prolific cloud cover, it’s fair to say that the bowlers could influence the outcome of more matches than usual.

So when considering the top bowler market, what should you be looking out for?

An Opening/Death Bowler – it is during the opening powerplay that the batsmen really look to score heavily in order to lay the foundation for a big total. This, in itself, can lead to a wicket goldmine. Similarly at the death, when so many games are won and lost, bowlers can really come to the party and pick up some cheap scalps.

A Seam Bowler – as previously mentioned, the conditions in Australasia tend to favour the quicks rather than the spinners. This isn’t a guarantee of wickets though; they still need to bowl with a bit of cunning and guile, or in some cases just raw aggression and brute force.

Plays for a Team Likely to Go Far – a bit of a betting bread and butter this one, but naturally you need to look for the bowlers likely to be there or thereabouts come the final on Sunday March 29th.

In Good Form – there’s no place to hide for bowlers coming into the World Cup without any form. Realistically, you need a bowler that is going to be able to hit the ground running from ball one.

So based on this logic, you’d expect the following to be in the mix:

Mitchell Starc

The bookies favourite and with good reason; the lanky Starc enjoyed a phenomenal 2014, and ended the year with a better ODI strike-rate than any other bowler in world cricket.

He has taken 61 wickets in 32 short-form internationals so far, at an average of 20.62 – that’s a better record than Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson had at the same stage of their careers.

No less-of-a-judge than Wasim Akram is backing him to do well too: “On these wickets he’ll be impossible to play. If I had to pick one of them with the new ball I’d definitely pick Mitchell Starc,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

With Australia hot favourites to cruise through to the final – a run in which Starc will spearhead the attack – he has to be considered a strong contender.

Mitchell Johnson

A bloke likely to push Starc all the way is his Australian compatriot Mitchell Johnson.

A bowler who loves to take wickets and terrorise batsmen, Johnson is capable of fizzing the ball through at chest height or pitching it up and letting the swing do the talking….and all at 90mph.

Not content with humiliating ‘the Poms’ during the Ashes catastrophe, Johnson also demolished the England top-order in the final of the recent Tri-Series too. A man in top form then – and one that’s hungry for success.

Dale Steyn

On his day Steyn is practically unplayable, and he fits all of the criteria outlined above: delivering rapid out-swingers with the new ball and toe-crushing yorkers at the death, and playing in a South Africa side tipped for big things.

Bowling in the pool stage at the likes of Ireland, UAE and the West Indies should yield stacks of wickets, and at 31 this could be Steyn’s last World Cup – so expect him to go out on a high.

Tim Southee

Of the three-pronged New Zealand pace attack it’s Tim Southee who catches the eye. A veritable veteran of the One Day game, Southee has pedigree; his 18 wickets in World Cup 2011 led the Kiwis to the Semi-Final, and landed him third place in that tournament’s top bowler stakes.

In a format that requires a bit of thought and craft to go with pace and bounce, Southee has all the ingredients to go close. His four wickets so far have put in a good position too.

Mohammed Shami

Fans of extreme value have perhaps already noted the very agreeable odds for Mohammed Shami, who was the leading ODI wicket-taker in world cricket in 2014.

He picked up four wickets in India’s opening Pool B triumph over Pakistan; a performance that has sent his original 50/1 price tumbling. Shami is the key man in an otherwise friendly Indian pace attack, and that should guarantee that he gets through a lot of overs

Who will be the World Cup’s top run scorer?

The ICC Cricket World Cup is under way and is going to be a marathon battle to decide the best one-day international (ODI) team in the world. We can expect a glut of fours and sixes, but which batsmen do the bookmakers believe are likely to fight it out to be the top run scorer in the competition?

Hashim Amla (South Africa)

It’s hard to believe but at one stage in his career, so-called cricket experts believed Amla wouldn’t be a big hit playing one-day international cricket. He’s certainly proved them wrong and is currently ranked the number two ODI batsman in the world and reached 5,000 ODI runs in record time. He’s played more than 100 One Dayers and has an average of over 56 with a highly impressive 19 centuries. A strike-rate in the 80’s shows he’s no slouch and can push the score along when it’s really needed. Last year he was the top run scorer for South Africa in both Test matches and ODI’s including back-to-back centuries on the tour of Sri Lanka. Another impressive performance in the coming weeks looks likely.

David Warner (Australia)

Getting off to a good start is vital in ODI cricket and with Warner in top form over the past year or so, he’s an important player for co-hosts Australia. Surprisingly he only averages 32 in ODI’s and has only hit three centuries. Warner is one of those players who attacks right from the start and that could be his undoing sometimes but his game has really improved recently making him a batsman to fear every time he comes to the crease. Although he only got 22 in his World Cup opener against England, he recently hit 127 against the same side earlier this year. If he keeps that kind of form up he’ll be a key player in this tournament.

AB De Villiers (South Africa)

This hard-hitting batsman is capable of taking any attack apart. For proof, just ask any of the West indies bowling line-up who he constantly destroyed in their recent one-day series. That included a world record for the quickest ODI century off a staggering 31 balls. 19 ODI centuries, over 7,000 runs scored and a strike rate of 95 indicates just why he’s currently ranked the number one ODI batsman in the world. You’ll struggle to find any bowlers who will be keen on tackling this South African if he’s anywhere near top form. This is one batsman who you never know what he’s going to do next with his revolutionary shots that would make most cricket traditionalists turn over in their graves, though probably with an admiring smile on their face.

Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

If co-hosts New Zealand are to come anywhere close to winning the World Cup then McCullum has to be at his devastating best. His strike rate is 91.73 but his average is only in the 30s. That’s no real reflection on his ability though: It’s the past year or so that has seen his batting improve beyond all recognition, not just in ODI’s but in test cricket. His most recent ODI century came this year against Sri Lanka, his first three-figure score in one dayers since 2012. In all he’s managed five centuries, but only two against test playing nations, and his 65 in New Zealand’s World Cup win over Sri Lanka on Saturday was a solid start.

Aaron Finch (Australia)

If his opening 135 in Australia’s battering of England in the World Cup opener wasn’t case enough, Finch is a real powerhouse of a batsman. If both he and David Warner hit form then Australia will more than likely win this World Cup. He’s a devastating hitter in all short forms of the game and broke into the Australian ODI team in 2013. In the 2013-14 series against England he hammered two centuries and will be relishing playing in his World Cup. He already has five centuries in 41 ODI’s and a strike rate of 86.18.

Paddy Power Cricket World Cup Money Back Special

The cricket world cup is finally upon us, and throughout the whole of the six weeks of competition, Paddy Power are offering one of their famous money back specials on every single match. And this offer is open to all Paddy Power customers.

First up, if you haven’t already got a Paddy Power account, you can open one here and claim a massive £50.00 Free Bet. Once you have done that, you will be able to take advantage of all of Paddy Power’s money back specials.

The cricket money back special is available on every single match of the world cup. It the match you are betting on is decided in the final over, Paddy Power will refund losing Match Winner bets on that match as a free bet, with the maximum refund £100.00, or currency equivalent.

This offer applies to losing bets placed pre match on the Match Winner market. The team bating second must be within 36 runs of the target score going into the final scheduled over of the match to qualify for the refund. The refund also doesn’t apply if the innings of the chasing team is reduced to less than 15 overs. If you do get a refund, it is valid for seven days and has to be used on cricket.

This looks a pretty good offer for the matches between the Test playing nations. A lot of these matches could be close, and this promotion gives you a possible third option, win, lose, or lose with your money back. Keep checking back for more Cricket World Cup Betting offers.

Moeen Ali Top England Batsman Enhanced Odds

There is just a few hours left to go until the start of the cricket world cup in Australia and New Zealand, and in that limited time there is an enhanced odds offer available on Moeen Ali to be top England batsman.

This offer ends on Friday 13th February at 10pm, the start of the world cup, so you need to act now if you wish to get this offer. Anybody opening a new 888Sport account through this link can get 12/1 on Moeen Ali to be England’s top world cup batsman/run scorer at the cricket world cup. The standard cricket betting odds on Ali is 4/1, so the 12/1 price enhancement is huge.

The maximum bet on Ali is £10.00, and your new account needs to be open and your bet placed before 10pm on Friday, after that he will revert back to the standard odds of 4/1.

This is a great value offer in such a tournament because with group matches against (so-called) minnows, Ali and Ian Bell might be the only two guys who get a bat if England end up chasing low scores. There is also practically no chance of Ali getting dropped, as he is also England’s spin bowling option.

Picking Moeen as an all rounder frees up an extra space for another seam bowler, or Ravi Bopara as an extra batsman. England seem to have a blind spot when it comes to picking James Tredwell and Moeen Ali, so if it comes down to one or the other, Moeen will always win as he can open the batting.