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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Pool A & Pool B Teams List

Penulis : Lakshya Dhillon on Saturday, 24 January 2015 | 00:21

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be played in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 has a total of 14 teams, divided into two pools, with both the already listed teams in the ICC as well as the qualified teams. The teams which qualified in the end, were the ones who fared well in the World Cricket League Championship played in Sharjah.
The Pool A consists of the teams such as Australia and Sri Lanka which have won World Cups in the past, while the Pool B is a tougher one with India, Pakistan and West Indies alongside South Africa together along with three underdogs. Earlier, the decision was to play only a total of 10 teams, but now it would be a total of 14 teams, of which, four teams would advance to play the Quarter finals and then Semi finals would be held between the winners. Check out the ICC World Cup 2015 Schedule to check the matches to be played.
The Pool A in the World Cup 2015 consists of the following teams.
  • England
  • Australia
  • Sri Lanka
  • New Zealand
  • Bangladesh
  • Scotland
  • Afghanistan
The Pool B in the World Cup 2015 consists of the following teams.
  • South Africa
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • West Indies
  • Zimbabwe
  • Ireland
  • United Arab Emirates
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Sachin Tendulkar is the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador. It will be the second successive time that the India maestro will be the Ambassador of ICC’s pinnacle tournament, after he fulfilled the role in the previous event, which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in 2011.
Commenting on his appointment, Tendulkar said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed ICC Cricket World Cup Ambassador for the second successive time.
Sachin Tendulkar World Cup 2011
“After playing in the last six editions, the upcoming World Cup will be a different experience as I will follow it from the sidelines. It could probably be comparable to the ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 where I was a ball boy, enthusiastically cheering every ball.
“The excitement of the World Cup grows with every new edition and this year’s host nations, Australia and New Zealand, are known for their sporting culture, great cricket facilities and knowledgeable crowds. Lifting the World Cup is every international cricketer’s quest and the tournament brings out the best of individuals and competing teams.
“The image of the champion team lifting the World Cup inspires many youngsters around the world and gives them a dream to chase – a dream which I fulfilled after 22 years of relentless pursuit by being part of the victorious Indian team in 2011.”
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England World Cup 2015 Squad, Players and Officials List

Alastair Cook, the England captain who had a very bad form and couldn’t do much to help the team win the recent ODI matches and series, has been sacked from the England squad and is out of the World Cup 2015 squad as well. Gary Ballance is the lucky player to have got the position in the team in the place of Cook.
The two other players who had played the recent series against Sri Lanka, i.e. Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney have both been omitted from the World Cup 2015 squad. The captain now for the English team is Eoin Morgan. Ben Stokes’ removal from the squad has been one of the shocking decisions in the team, apart from the expulsion of Cook’s name from the squad.
England World Cup 2015 Squad
“I’ve spoken to Ben at length and he was very disappointed as you can imagine,” James Whitaker, the national selector, told Sky Sports. “It’s always going to tricky as a new player in a squad establishing yourself. There will be different positions you have to try and establish yourself in but he was obviously disappointed. We are looking for consistency and we are sure that will arrive with Ben. We have always understood his talent. He’s definitely a player for the future and will form a core part of our group in the future.”
James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the two bowlers who have been the pillars in the bowling department, are both back into the squad and thus the bowling unit is strengthened.
“We have had to make some difficult decisions to get to our final squad but firmly believe that the 15 players selected offer the very best chance of success at the World Cup,” Whitaker said.

England Team World Cup 2015 Squad

Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes
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Sydney Cricket Ground SCG Information, Facts and Matches List

Located in one of the top tourism destinations for Australia, the Sydney Cricket Ground has a lot to offer to the genuine cricket fans. Just like the MCG, this ground is chosen for one of the big events in the World Cup 2015. While the Melbourne’s large stadium will host the finals, the SCG is chosen to be the host for semi-final match and it would also be hosting three other matches in the league stage and a quarter final.
The ground isn’t as huge as the MCG and it allows about 44000 people as spectators. One of the famous landmarks of this stadium is the Ladies pavilion with green roof. For a fan of test cricket, it would be no news if we say it was the great Sir Donald Bradman who scored 452* for New South Wales against Queensland, back in 1929-1930 season.
SCG Stadium
Since 1970s, the pitch has become more bowler friendly, and preferably it has been a pitch that offers a lot to the spinners. Greg Chappell for Australia has the best bowling figures in ODI, with 5/15 against India in 1981, while in the recent times, Glenn McGrath, Nathan Bracken and Brett Lee have also taken five wickets in an innings. Recently in 2013, Kieron Pollard has scored a century against Australia, scoring 109*, while the highest individual ODI score has been 151 from Andrew Symonds.
SCG will be an interesting stadium for the fact that a semi-final match is being played here. But there’s a catch – *If Australia qualifies for the semi-finals they will play in this match, but if New Zealand is playing against Australia, it will be the team finishing higher in the pool getting the home ground advantage to choose between this and New Zealand’s stadium.

World Cup 2015 Matches at the SCG Stadium

Match 19 – South Africa v West Indies (Pool B)
Friday, February 27th, 2015
Day/night match
Match 32 – Australia v Sri Lanka (Pool A)
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Day/night match
Match 38 – Afghanistan v England (Pool A)
Friday, March 13th, 2015
Day/night match
Match 1st Quarter-Final – TBC v TBC (A1 v B4)
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Day/night match
Match 2nd Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Day/night match
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Brisbane Cricket Ground – World Cup 2015 Venue Information, Matches List

The Brisbane Cricket Ground is very famous for being named as “Gabba” and it is one of the major stadiums in Brisbane, Australia. Gabba is named after Woolloongabba, the suburb in Queensland where the stadium is located. The ground has a lot of special moments, and it hosts several sports including Cricket, Football, Rugby, Greyhound Racing. The capacity in the stadium is around 40,000.
brisbane cricket ground
The Gabba was the first Australian venue to host an International Twenty20 cricket match, played between Australia and South Africa, which Australia won with a margin of 95 runs. This stadium is well known not for just the short format games, but also for the test matches, especially the Ashes and the Border Gavaskar Trophy matches. During the World Cup 2015, there are three matches going to be played at Brisbane Cricket Ground.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches in Brisbane Cricket Ground

Match 11 – Australia v Bangladesh (Pool A)
Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Day/night match
Match 16 – Ireland v United Arab Emirates (Pool B)
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Day/night match
Match 23 – Pakistan v Zimbabwe (Pool B)
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Day/night match
Gabba Stadium Contact Info:
Vulture Street Woolloongabba, QLD, 4151 +61 (0)7 3008 6166
For the other matches and the entire schedule, check out the World Cup 2015 schedule.
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Australia World Cup 2015 Squad, Players List

Hosts Australia and New Zealand can easily be called the top contenders to get the claim on the World Cup 2015 title, snatching it from India’s hand. Australia has its reasons as well, with some good recent ODI record and some good players who can help Aussies claim the World Cup title.
Australia World Cup 2015 Squad

Australia Squad for World Cup 2015

Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vc), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty
Michael Clarke is not fit, and that was the reason for Steve Smith to take on the captaincy of the Australian team against India in the test series, and he has to be proven fit before the end of January to take part in the World Cup 2015, and if he fails to do so, it will be George Bailey captaining the side.
It isn’t the first time that Australia will lift the cup if they win, as the team has won once in 1987. This time, the team is in Pool A, along side England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland. Read which are the best Pool A matches to watch, and the Pools and teams in World Cup 2015.
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ICC World Cup 2015 Warm up Matches Schedule

The World Cup 2015 begins on February 14th 2015 and there are a few warm-up matches that are going to be played prior to the start of the tournament. These matches are going to start from Feb 8th, and a few matches will be played, multiple ones each day.
The first warm up match is going to be played between Australia and India, on 8th Feb at Adelaide Oval. Check below for the entire warm-up matches schedule and fixtures.
Check out the World Cup 2015 schedule.

World Cup 2015 Warm-up matches schedule

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World Record: AB de Villiers blasts 31-ball 100

Penulis : Lakshya Dhillon on Sunday, 18 January 2015 | 19:48

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Johannesburg, Jan 18: South African captain AB de Villiers set two world records against West Indies here at Wanderers Stadium today. (Full list of records broken by De Villiers) Match Scorecard The right-hander, batting at number three, smashed the fastest 50 in ODIs, off 16 balls and then went on to claim the fastest ton ever in 50-over cricket, reaching the milestone in just 31 balls. This was after West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and chose to field.

De Villiers blasts record 31-ball ton

Thanks to De Villiers' belligerent batting and tons from Hashim Amla (153 not out) and Rilee Rossouw (128), South Africa posted a record 439/2 in 50 overs in the 2nd ODI of the series. This is the first time in ODI history that all top 3 batsmen scored hundreds.

Fastest hundreds in ODI cricket (Top 5) 

AB de Villiers - 31 balls 

Corey Anderson - 36 

Shahid Afridi - 37 

Mark Boucher - 44 

Brian Lara - 45
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