Telegraph Fantasy Cricket: ODI World Cup 2019 Edition

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Hi followers… and new visitors!

The 2019 ODI Cricket World Cup takes place this summer in sunny old England. The first match sees hosts (And favourites!) England take on South Africa on May 30th.

Please find my Telegraph Fantasy Cricket teams for the 45-day (!!!) tournament below:

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I’ll be looking to captain Buttler to serve a treat!

I’ll be attending Afghanistan versus West Indies at Headingley, so I look forward to witnessing first hand the Caribbean trio of Gayle, Holder and Cottrell rack up the points for me!

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In my second XI, HOPEfully Shai Hope won’t be SHAI of runs!

I’ll also be voyaging to Leeds to see Afghanistan take on Pakistan, so HOPEfully (It never gets old!) Lewis, Hetmyer, Hope, Shahidi and Zazai will fire!

I’ll let you know how I got on come the conclusion of this summer’s ten team tournament.

Cricket 19: Padding Up!

Big Ant’s latest cricketing effort titled Cricket 19 is due for release later this month, tuesday 28th to be exact. Button pushing fingers at the ready!

https://sillypointcricket.com/2019/04/18/cricket-19-release-date-confirmed/

https://sillypointcricket.com/2019/03/16/cricket-19-what-will-you-do/

Now if I was a single, unemployed, rich man, I’d be looking forward to dedicating a lot of my days (And nights!) to hunkering down, stockpiling on snacks, never leaving the house and dedicating as much time as possible to the game before I got an immense headache. Sound familiar!

Unfortunately, no not unfortunately but realistically I have a wife and two children, work 32-40 hours per week and am not rich. I can’t dedicate every second of every day to Cricket 19. That’s a problem because there’s a heck of a lot to do in the game. What I do have is one morning per week whilst eldest daughter is at nursery and possibly friday and saturday nights to chase cricketing glory. So what am I going to do?

Obviously I’d like to pursue a career. First up as on previous Big Ant cricket games, I’d like to do an as true to life career as possible. By that I mean as a virtual me, the player has my name, looks like me, has my real life batting and bowling handedness/arm and style and commences his career somewhere local whilst trying to gain a contract at Yorkshire and ultimately play for England. That in itself is a big dedication to go all the way to regular international player over a ten or fifteen year period. I do think that in Career Mode I will be a batting orientated player. It’s just too much to be bowling as well and I find it harder to get in the groove and maintain form when batting. I haven’t played Ashes for sometime so will do some net practice before commencing my career. If the difficulty levels are similar to previous games (Rookie, Amateur, Pro, Veteran, Legend) then I’ll probably look to play on veteran level. Pro can be just a little too easy but Legend too hard. The new Perks system implemented on Career Mode looks extremely promising. I’d love to do some careers as my daughters, one of them I’ve got down as a spin bowler or my fast bowler nephew but I don’t want to end up with a few unfinished careers.

The other thing that I’d like to do is create Test and ODI leagues as I’ve done previously. I’m really not fussed about T20I. I prefer to be able to bat for long periods and make big scores as well as enjoying bowling long spells and having to work hard for wickets. That’s been the real beauty of previous Big Ant games, the realness of having to dig deep to earn your rewards. Though I won’t bowl in Career I enjoy doing so in Tests in particular. As with Career I don’t want to end up with unfinished leagues so I’ll keep them small, maybe just five or six teams, home and away followed by a final. I like to select some lesser nations so Canada and Nepal etc, bring it on! I should probably mention that I’ll be playing as England and will likely call up players such as Rob Keogh, Harry Brook and Will Jacks amongst others to compliment to England regulars. That’s another huge asset of Big Ant’s games, The customisation and fantasy elements, you make the England (Or whichever) team as you like personnel wise, as well as kit and stadium wise.

I can’t say that scenario mode holds great appeal to me. I’d rather just play Test and ODIs and therefore arrive upon my own scenarios in those matches.

The online feedback from the demo has been extremely positive particularly around the visual aspect as well as the added depth to Career Mode. There’ll always be a bit of hesitancy from me as Big Ant have had their problems when it’s come to polishing previous titles. “Brilliant but broken games” is the phrase that I’ve used. Fingers crossed that this time they’ve had pest control in early and rid themselves of any bugs!

I’ll be sure to post match reviews and Career updates complete with images as with previous games here on my site so keep your eyes peeled.

https://sillypointcricket.com/2018/03/30/ashes-cricket-ps4-career-mode-2024-season/

https://sillypointcricket.com/2017/12/24/ashes-cricket-ps4-global-test-league-like-a-rash/

https://sillypointcricket.com/2017/11/18/ashes-cricket-ps4-slogmaster-from-zero-to-ninety-in-a-matter-of-seconds/

https://sillypointcricket.com/2017/10/28/don-bradman-cricket-17-best-of/

Please let me know what you intend to do on Cricket 19.

Archer Arrives!

Congratulations to England’s latest ODI recruits…

No. 252 – Jofra Archer of Sussex

No. 253 – Ben Foakes of Surrey, formerly of Essex

No. 254 – Dawid Malan of Middlesex

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_England_ODI_cricketers

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8b9ySlbdoec

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18956/game/1161014/ireland-vs-england-only-odi-england-tour-of-ireland-2019

England’s Alternative ODI Squad!

As we approach the business end of the One-Day Cup and England commence their international summer, here’s an alternative England ODI squad based on domestic white-ball performances so far this summer:

Playing XI:

Varun Chopra, Essex (263r @ 87.67)

Billy Godleman, Derbyshire (479r @ 95.80)

Sam Hain, Warwickshire (301r @ 60.20)

Steven Croft, Lancashire (375r @ 125.00)

Jonny Tattersall, Yorkshire – Wicketkeeper (205r @ 51.25 / 10c/2s)

Liam Dawson, Hampshire – Captain (232r @ 46.40 / 13w @ 18.00)

Craig Overton, Somerset (146r @ 146 / 11w @ 12.09)

Nathan Sowter, Middlesex (15w @ 18.13)

Matt Coles, Essex (7w @ 17.14)

Luke Fletcher, Nottinghamshire (14w @ 17.93)

Saqib Mahmood, Lancashire (20w @ 15.85)

Squad Members:

Tom Westley, Essex (295r @ 49.17)

Tom Moores, Nottinghamshire – Wicketkeeper (196r @ 49.00 / 6c/2s)

Alex Thomson, Warwickshire (215r @ 53.75)

Stuart Meaker, Surrey (5w @ 24.20)

What are your thoughts?

Are there any players that I’ve omitted that you think merit recognition?

Farewell Alex!

Following Alex Hales’ axing from the England squad, the selectoral hierarchy have made some amendments to the party for the upcoming internationals.

Firstly, there’s a recall for the potentially destructive Ben Duckett. Following a move from Northamptonshire to Nottinghamshire, Duckett hasn’t been consistent this season but from time to time has produced the sort of innings that can get people licking their lips. He’s had his own moments of madness but was reintegrated in the winter and it’s encouraging to see him in the frame.

Dawid Malan is another recalled left-hander and he’ll hope to actually get on the pitch unlike in the West Indies. Despite the burden of captaincy as well as opening for Middlesex in List A cricket, he’s been in good form this year.

Next up is James Vince. Ed Smith didn’t sound all too enthused about Vince’s ability when his first move as England selector was to drop the Hampshire skipper but Vince has responded well. Last year, both at home and in the Big Bash, he made match-winning contributions. He’s begun this year well though his 190 against Gloucestershire was scored against an attack far removed from what either Pakistan or Australia will offer.

Duckett and Malan come into the squads for the Ireland ODI and Pakistan T20I. Vince was already in those squads and now stays on for the Pakistan ODIs.

Disclaimer: There is a downside to all this. The absence of Duckett, Malan and Vince from the county scene for a week or two has completely scuppered my fantasy teams!

Extras

Bye:

ODI status attained by USA!

Leg Bye: Bad news for one England wicketkeeper but good news for another… then bad news for another!

A dislocated shoulder for Sam Billings.

An England white-ball call-up for Ben Foakes.

Errr… insert picture of Ollie Pope!

A Billingsesque dislocated shoulder for Foakes’ Surrey teammate Ollie Pope.

No Ball:

A reported drugs fail for Alex Hales… but why try to hide it?

Wide:

Not cricket but loyal followers will be aware of my association with FC Nantes. As with all the above, this merits a post of its own but you’ll have to forgive me.

Farewell Horacio Sala. May you and Emiliano be reunited. Wishing your family great strength.

Free Hit:

190 from 154 balls for Hampshire’s occasional England player James Vince against Gloucestershire!