2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
The 2019 Cricket World Cup kicks off on the 30th of May, and will see ten teams battle it out over the course of seven exciting weeks for the sport’s most prestigious prize.
With matches on every single night throughout the group stage, staying on top of everything won’t be easy, but fortunately Kayo Sports has you covered with live coverage of each and every delivery throughout the tournament.
Cricket World Cup Guide
In contrast to previous tournaments, just ten teams will compete in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, significantly fewer than the 14 which have participated in previous versions of the event. This meant the inevitable removal of associate nations from the event, but enabled the Group Stage to get rid of different pools – instead, it will simply see all ten teams play the other nine once, with the top four teams at the conclusion of this stage advancing through to the finals. Semi-finals will take place on July 9 and 10, before the two winners play off for the ultimate glory on July 14 at Lords, the home of cricket.
When: May 30 – July 14, 2019
Live TV: Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo)
Cricket World Cup Preview
Australia has been dominant at the ICC World Cup for the better part of two decades, having won four of the past five tournaments including the most recent, in 2015. A few months out from this year’s event, however, things weren’t looking so rosy, but the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the side and a couple of great series wins have catapulted them back into contention. One of those series wins came against India, who, along with the home side in England are one of the favourites to go all the way – thanks in no small part to the presence of the world’s best player, Virat Kohli, in their middle order.
England are the number one ranked side in the world and have the advantage of playing in front of their home crowds and with their native conditions, and history might be in their favour – three of the last six tournaments have seen one of the host nations emerge as champions, though England haven’t yet won in four attempts on home soil. South Africa and New Zealand are both perennial semi-finalists looking to break their World Cup duck, and can’t be counted out at this event. Pakistan and the West Indies have shown some form recently and it wouldn’t surprise to see them upset one or two of the top teams, while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan round out the list of competitors.
Every Cricket World Cup Match Live
Kayo Sports will be your home of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, with the sports streaming platform airing all 45 group matches as well as the finals live and ad-break free during play. With Kayo’s wide range of eligible devices, this means you can stream all the big matches whether you’re at home or on the go.
And what’s more, Kayo Sports is offering a 14 day free trial for new subscribers. This means you can get a whole 14 days of exciting World Cup action – which includes live matches, on-demand replays and all the in-depth analysis that goes with it – without having to pay a cent.
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How to Watch the Cricket World Cup Live
Watching the World Cup has never been easier thanks to the wide range of devices Kayo Sports allows you to stream with. Every delivery of every game will be available to subscribers on PCs and Macs (using any of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Edge), as well as iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, Apple, Telstra and Android TV, and Google Chromecast.
And what’s more, watching on Kayo means you get access to a bunch of features which will even further enhance your viewing experience. Perhaps the most important of these is the ‘Minis’ feature. Kayo Minis are a condensed on demand version of a full match, and will compress an eight hour match of cricket into just 15-30 minutes – ideal considering every game of the tournament will run into the early hours of the morning.
Plus, if there’s a sporting event that you don’t want to miss which coincides with a big World Cup match – or if two important World Cup matches clash – SplitView has you covered, allowing you to watch up to four different sporting events on the same screen. And if you’re catching up on-demand, you can switch off the scores thanks to the No Spoilers feature, and skip through to the biggest moments of the game with Key Moments.
2019 Cricket World Cup Matches
With at least one match on every day, it can be difficult to keep on top of who’s playing who, and when. To help make it easier for you, we’ve compiled an exhaustive list of the 2019 World Cup matches, while the next five will be updated below on a daily basis.
Cricket World Cup TV Fixtures (Sydney time) – Next Starts
Sunday 14 July: New Zealand vs England at 7.30pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
All Ten Teams Aired Live
Kayo Sports’ coverage of the World Cup won’t be limited to the matches involving Australia and the other major players at the event. All ten participating teams, whether it be England or Afghanistan, India or Bangladesh, will receive comprehensive coverage, with each and every delivery they bowl or face aired lived and available to watch on demand at a time which better suits you.
India will head into the tournament as one of the favourites. With the best player in the world in Virat Kohli leading a damaging batting lineup and a potent bowling attack, there will be no easy wins against the Men in Blue, and they will expect to be advancing through to the semi-finals and beyond.
New Zealand has never won a World Cup, but after an inaugural finals appearance in 2015 and as the number four ranked team in the world they are a genuine chance to take out their first this year.
England might just be the most dangerous team at the tournament. The number one ranked side in the world, they have a potent combination of top-end talent and depth, and playing in familiar home conditions are a great chance to take out their first ever World Cup trophy.
The West Indies aren’t quite the force they once were. After winning the first two World Cups they have struggled, and with the nation’s cricketing focus turning towards T20’s in recent years, they aren’t tipped to advance out of the Group Stage.
South Africa has produced some of the game’s greatest names, and though the likes of AB de Villiers might be gone, they still boast plenty of talent with both bat and ball. The number three ranked side in the world, it would surprise no one to see them still standing on the final day of the tournament.
Australia seemed set to struggle at this tournament just a few months ago, with the team embroiled in turmoil both on and off the field. A dramatic turnaround in India and Pakistan, however, and the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, suddenly sees them as one of the teams to beat – can they make it five wins in the last six World Cups?
Pakistan has won just a solitary World Cup in its history, and hasn’t made a final this century. Heading into this tournament, they aren’t expected to change that, though they could easily play a role in shaping the final four.
Cricket in Sri Lanka is unfortunately not what it once was, with the days of Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and co well and truly behind them. They do still have a number of good players on the team heading to the World Cup, but it likely won’t be enough to see them advance out of the Group Stage.
Afghanistan will play in just its second World Cup in 2019, and though they aren’t tipped to compete with the best, recent form suggests their opponents take them lightly at their own peril. Cricket in the country has come a long way in recent years, and it wouldn’t surprise to see them pull an upset or two during the Group Stage.
Cricket in Bangladesh has been gradually developing for a number of years, though they have seen a slight stagnation in improvement recently. They do, however, have a number of good players, and are also a chance to snare a couple of wins against more highly fancied opponents.
Cricket World Cup Stats
With the drastic increase in ODI scoring in recent years, a number of records have tumbled seemingly as quickly as they are created. Many others, however, have stood the test of time, and will take some serious beating. Take a look at some of the most interesting Cricket World Cup stats below:
|Most Runs||2,278 (Sachin Tendulkar, India)|
|Highest Average||63.52 (AB de Villiers, South Africa)|
|Most Centuries||6 (Sachin Tendulkar, India)|
|Highest Individual Score||237* (Martin Guptill, New Zealand)|
|Most Wickets||71 (Glenn McGrath, Australia)|
|Lowest Average||18.19 (Glenn McGrath, Australia)|
|Best Bowling Figures||7/15 (Glenn McGrath, Australia)|
|Most Tournaments||6 (Sachin Tendulkar, India, and Javed Miandad, Pakistan)|
|Most Matches||46 (Ricky Ponting, Australia)|
|Highest Team Score||6/417 (Australia vs Afghanistan)|
|Lowest Team Score||36 (Canada vs Sri Lanka)|
|Most World Cup Championships||5 (Australia)|
Kayo Cricket World Cup Shows and Cricket Documentaries
Also airing on Kayo throughout the seven weeks of the World Cup are a range of great cricket shows and documentaries, giving you an even more complete coverage of the event. Included amongst these are shows that will give you greater insight into the World Cup itself, such as Cricket 360, as well as more general cricket documentaries which will serve to satisfy the needs of even the most ardent cricket lovers. If the World Cup itself isn’t enough cricket to keep you going, the wide range of cricket shows and documentaries certainly will be.
Cricket World Cup Group Stage Standings
The Cricket World Cup Group Stage sees every team face off against each other for a total of nine games each and 45 in total over a span of six weeks. Check out the full Cricket World Cup fixtures here, and take a look at the Group Stage tables below, which are updated daily.
|Pos: 1||India||Played: 9||Won: 7||Lost: 1||N/R: 1||Tied: 0||Net RR: +0.809||Points: 15|
|Pos: 2||Australia||Played: 9||Won: 7||Lost: 2||N/R: 0||Tied: 0||Net RR: +0.868||Points: 14|
|Pos: 3||England||Played: 9||Won: 6||Lost: 3||N/R: 0||Tied: 0||Net RR: +1.152||Points: 12|
|Pos: 4||New Zealand||Played: 9||Won: 5||Lost: 3||N/R: 1||Tied: 0||Net RR: +0.175||Points: 11|
|Pos: 5||Pakistan||Played: 9||Won: 5||Lost: 3||N/R: 1||Tied: 0||Net RR: -0.43||Points: 11|
|Pos: 6||Sri Lanka||Played: 8||Won: 3||Lost: 4||N/R: 2||Tied: 0||Net RR: -0.919||Points: 8|
|Pos: 7||South Africa||Played: 9||Won: 3||Lost: 5||N/R: 1||Tied: 0||Net RR: -0.03||Points: 7|
|Pos: 8||Bangladesh||Played: 9||Won: 3||Lost: 5||N/R: 1||Tied: 0||Net RR: -0.41||Points: 7|
|Pos: 9||West Indies||Played: 9||Won: 2||Lost: 6||N/R: 1||Tied: 0||Net RR: -0.225||Points: 5|
|Pos: 10||Afghanistan||Played: 9||Won: 0||Lost: 9||N/R: 0||Tied: 0||Net RR: -1.322||Points: 0|
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