ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up games schedule

The mega cricket event ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 jointly hosting by England and Wales Cricket boards is going to kick strart with warm-up matches as anounced by Internal Cricket Council (ICC).

As per the schedule each team wil play two warm-up matches starting from 24th May to 28th May,2019.India is going to play their two warm-up matches with New Zealand on 25th May,2019 at The Oval and with Bangladesh on 28th May,2019 at Cardiff.

DateMatchVenue
24th May,2019Pakistan v AfghanistanBristol
24th May,2019Sri Lanka v South AfricaCardiff
25th May,2019England v AustraliaHampshire Bowl
25th May,2019India v New ZealandThe Oval
26th May,2019South Aftrica v WindiesBristol
26th May,2019Pakistan v BangladeshCardiff
27th May,2019Australia v Sri LankaHampshire Bowl
27th May,2019England v AfghanistanThe Oval
28th May,2019Windies v New ZealandBristol
28th May,2019Bangladesh v IndiaCardiff
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India beat Australia

Team India beat Australia by 2-1 in the 4 match test series and draw 1 test match. This is the first series win by an Indian team on Australian soil. Previously India toured 12 times in Australia but never won a series. The previous best performance from India came long back in 1985-86 when then India Cricket team led by Kapil Dev completed the series with all 3 test matches as draw without losing a single test match.

Many may played down the success of the Indian team by terming as Australia is not at it’s full strength.But the reality is Australia is still and will always be a potential threat to opposition team with their never say die spirit. The absence of Captain Steven Smith and Vice Captain David Warner may helped India a to some extent but not at great length.

Indian bowling unit seems to be getting better and better with each series passing, especially in abroad.The pace attack is like never before, they are now become a dangerous bowling unit which can destroy any opposition on any track. Quality of Indian pace bowling has improved a lot and that can be seen with the way the fast bowlers rattled the opposition in recent tours in South Africa, England and in Australia.

But, there seems to be a lot of problems in the batting unit and more with the opening combination. India is struggling to find a reliable opening combination who can give a solid start in the beginning, especially in abroad. The experiment of K.L.Rahul has miserably failed. He hasn’t capitalized the chances he got. He became center point of criticism for his poor performance. Batting mainly depending on Kohli and Pujara, both rising up to the occasions to save India. If India didn’t find a suitable opening combination it will become a serious problem in future tours.

Anyhow, India needs accolades for their emphatic victory over Australia. It will be remembered for long time and definitely a inspiration for the teams that will tour in future.

Below is the list of Indian Cricket Teams’ tours since 1947 (Test matches only).

YearP
WLDNR
1947-485-4
1-
1967-684-4--
1977-78523--
1980-813111-
1985-863003-
1991-925041-
1999-00303--
2007-084121-
2011-12404--
2014-154022-
2015-16514--
2018-194211-