The 2019 Cricket World Cup is officially underway! The 12th edition of this event is hosted by England and Wales and sees teams from 10 different countries competing to win cricket’s greatest title. The tournament ends on 14 July with the final match starting at 11:30.
2019 marks the fifth time that England and Wales host the Cricket World Cup. They also hosted the tournament in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999.
Cricket World Cup stats from yesteryear
Australia took the title in the 2015 Cricket World Cup and you can expect them to fight hard to defend their title. To date, the men from the land down under have won the title 4 times. India and the West Indies have both won the Cricket World Cup twice, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup once.
South Africa, India, and Australia are the only teams to have scored over 400 runs in ICC World Cup tournaments. Australia’s win percentage of 75.30 in ICC World Cup tournaments is the highest among all the teams to date.
South Africa at the Cricket World Cup
Since 1992, South Africa has played in 7 Cricket World Cup tournaments and the Proteas reached the semi-final stage four times and the quarter-final stage twice.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup tournament format
The format has been changed to a single group. This means that all teams will be playing 9 matches in the group stage. The top four teams will then advance to the semi-final stage of the tournament.
The following countries are competing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup:
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
2019 Cricket World Cup matches will be played in the following host cities:
- Birmingham (Edgbaston)
- Bristol (Bristol County Ground)
- Cardiff (Sophia Gardens)
- Chester-le-Street (Riverside Ground)
- Leeds (Headingley)
- London (Lord’s)
- Manchester (Old Trafford)
- Nottingham (Trent Bridge)
- Southampton (Rose Bowl)
- Taunton (Country Ground)
Various group matches will be played between 30 May and 6 July. This will be followed by the semi-final matches that will take place on 9 and 11 July. The final will be played on 14 July.
You can watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup matches on SABC or on SuperSport (on DStv) in South Africa. If you’re nowhere near a TV, follow the #CWC2019 hashtags on social media or check out the ESPN CricInfo website for live scoring.
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