By Aaron Callaghan
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A huge English summer of cricket is upon us - Prepare for late nights and tired mornings. Stock the cupboard full of the Blend 43 and DO NOT relinquish control of the remote control.
The Cricket Wold Cup 19 kicks off 30 May and concludes on the 15th of July.
All dates and times are local time
Australia has a few key warm up matches. They are so important matches because of the log jam of in-form batsmen at the top. Coach Langer also has the added nuance of sliding David Warner and Steve Smith back in to the line up and YES they are automatic inclusions. Warner and Smith have been scoring plenty of runs in the Indian Premier League, Warner in particular has been bombing bowlers to all parts.
Warm Up One Day Internationals
Australia v England May 25th
Australia v Sri Lanka May 27th
Cricket World Cup 2019 kicks off for the Australian Mens team on June 1st versus Afganistan who are improving year on year as they find their way in international cricket led by Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan who both could nearly walk into any team at this years World Cup.
Australia v Afghanistan June 1st
Australia v West Indies June 6th
Australia v India June 9th
Australia v Pakistan June 12th
Australia v Sri Lanka June 15th
Australia v Bangladesh June 20th
Australia v England June 25th
Australia v South Africa June 29th
Australia v New Zealand June 6th
Phew we got there 9 matches in seven weeks. It turns out this years Cricket World Cup is a marathon. Buy the wife some flowers now, mow the lawn, tip round up on the edges so you don’t have to whippersnip, do what you have to do!
Provided Coach Langer’s team paces themselves through the marathon ok, Australia are a real chance, even in English conditions - I’ll break down their chances closer to the tournament, however that might be redundant given the qualifying conditions - 9 matches.
The inter-squad scrimmage is back. Not since the halcyon days of 1995 have we seen Australia v Australia A and a week out from the 2019 Ashes the fixture is back, a four day game in Southampton. Here’s to hoping for a return of McGrath v Hayden or Shane Lee v Brett Lee, well something like that anyway.
Australia v England first test at Edgebaston August 1st
Australia v England second test at Lord’s August 14th
Australia v England third test at Headingly August 22nd
Australia v England fourth test at Old Trafford September 4th
Australia v England fifth test at The Oval September 12th
There are some tour matches mixed throughout making it a full tour. Australia haven’t won on English soil since 2001 and without doubt the English crowd will be ruthless towards Smith, Warner and the Australian team.