The Aussies did have the advantage thanks to the rain delay and Duckworth-Lewis, but the team looks in good shape for next year’s world cup, taking place in the UK.
When and where is the Cricket World Cup?
The event takes place at grounds across the UK from 30th May to 14th July 2019. Early in the first round, Australia will be playing Afghanistan at the Bristol ground on 1st June before moving on to the iconic pitch at Trent Bridge to face the West Indies. A match with India at the Oval takes place on 9th June. If you’re optimistic about the Aussie’s hopes as returning champions, you might prefer to plan a trip when you get a chance to see some of the big matches – the semi-finals take place on the 9th and 11th July at Old Trafford and Edgbaston respectively and the hallowed ground of Lord’s is host to the final on 14th July.
What are the odds of retaining the trophy?
Despite being the current champions, Australia are ranked 6th in the world, giving them plenty of ground to cover and a point to prove. England are the current favourites, with India a close second. The recent Twenty20 victory will bring some optimism but it’s clear that there are likely to be some tough and exciting matches ahead.
What can we expect from the Australian team?
The world cup team is likely to be a mixture of some new faces and may also mark the return of some familiar figures. Smith and Warner will have both completed their 12-month bans by March and have time to recover some form. While pace bowlers Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins all suffered injuries this year; fast bowler Billy Stanlake looks certain to be part of the team as Australia’s highest-ranked T201 bowler. What he lacks in experience on the international stage he more than makes up for in speed and precision. Batsmen Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell are also likely to join Tim Paine’s squad. Finch scored a record-breaking 172 against Zimbabwe in July and boasts the second highest ever T20I score of 156 against England in 2013 and Maxwell, while often the topic of some debate, regularly appears on the team sheet thanks to his solid performances.
Planning on attending the Cricket World Cup?
If you want to soak up the atmosphere of some of the most iconic cricket grounds during British summertime, you’ll need to prepare to travel. The matches take place across the England and Wales so if you want to follow a single team then you’ll need to make allowances for that. If you already have your heart set on a single ground, perhaps attending a few matches at Lord’s or taking in the history of Edgbaston, then make early reservations for travel and accommodation as they’re likely to have a lot of visitors when the matches are on.
Currency payments for your visit to the Cricket World Cup
If you’re planning a trip to the UK, a currency exchange specialist may be able to help. For example, if you’re planning to spend most days watching the cricket, simple accommodation through Airbnb might be a good option. If you need to make international payments to secure the tickets and a place to stay, moneycorp offers great rates and low fees, as well as a range of expert services which provide guidance and support for your international payments. You can speak with our expert team to organise the transfer or use an online account or mobile app, which makes it easy to set up, transfer and track all your international payments.