The first game of the Cricket World Cup in Australia will see the host nation take on ‘old foe’ England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday. Both teams are highly fancied to take out the tournament, and both outfits should come all out guns blazing as they look to start the World Cup on the right note. So if you’re a fan of Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, India or others, be sure to take advantage of a 2 week Free Trial Offer to watch it live on your Mac, Xbox 360, Sony Playstation, PC or Smart TV, with options for streaming to mobile devices.
2015 Cricket World Cup Preview
The Australians come into the 2015 Cricket World Cup as one of two host nations and the current number one ODI side in the world after a crushing Tri Series win, beating England in the final comfortably. They have a wonderful record in the World Cup, winning three times on the trot in 1999, 2003 and 2007. It stands to reason that Australia vs. England will be a one-sided affair, should the home team continue their strong summer form.
Team England have finished runners-up on three occasions at the World Cup (79, 87, 92). They got knocked out of the 2011 World Cup by Sri Lanka in the Quarter Final. Their ODI form leading into the World Cup has been solid without being spectacular, with respectable performances against both Australia and India in the Tri Series, with the ‘Poms’ losing to Australia in the final.
Team England’s Next Match:
Who: Bangladesh vs. England
When: Monday the 9th of March at 2:30 pm (Sydney Time)
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide SA
Live TV: Fox Sports 3 (Foxtel) – Not available on Free to Air
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Australia Cricket World Cup Preview
Australia are the current number one ODI side in the world and are the clear favourites for the tournament after outstanding form during the Australian summer, winning a couple of T20’s against South Africa and playing some brilliant matches in the Tri Series with England and India, thumping England in the final. They will look to go a couple of steps better than in 2011 when they got knocked out by eventual champs India in the Quarter Final.
The big question mark to this Australian side is how will they handle the pressure and expectation of the entire nation. Most expect the side to win the Cup, and they have handled pressure and adversity so well this Summer in the wake of the tragic passing of the 13th man, Phillip Hughes. Three of his closest mates hold the key to the side and their winning chances. They are David Warner, Steve Smith and Michael Clarke.
Australia Players to Watch
David Warner has been devastating with the bat for the past 12 months, and has really taken down every fast bowler in the world with ease. He kick starts the innings in explosive fashion on most occasions, yet has only recorded 4 ODI 100’s. If Australia are to win, he will need to score a couple of centuries.
Mitchell Starc has unbelievable pace with the ball and his swing can cause massive problems for batsmen. His best performance with the ball was back in 2013 against the West Indies when taking 5-20. He is currently in brilliant form, taking ten wickets during the Tri Series, with spells of 4-42 and 6-43.
England Cricket World Cup Preview
England have finished runners-up on three occasions at the World Cup (79, 87, 92). They got knocked out of the 2011 World Cup by Sri Lanka in the Quarter Final. Their ODI form leading into the World Cup has been solid without being spectacular, with respectable performances against both Australia and India in the Tri Series, losing badly though to Australia in the Final.
England Players to Watch
Jimmy Anderson is a veteran but still is a world class bowler who has recently come back from surgery. He had taken time to find his best with the bowl, but he showed in the Tri Series that he is peaking beautifully for the World Cup with a brilliant performance against India, taking 4-18 off 8.3 overs.
Ian Bell is a classy opening batsman who is very critical to the chances of England, because if he doesn’t fire early, then the team generally struggles, as we saw in the Tri Series Final against Australia. He got out cheaply and early on in the innings, and after that, England went backwards. But if he bats through the first 10 overs without too much difficulty, he can set up a massive innings.