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ICC World Cup 2019 | You Always Want to Play Your Best Cricket at the World Cup: Starc

Cricketnext Staff |April 22, 2019, 10:57 AM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | You Always Want to Play Your Best Cricket at the World Cup: Starc

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who is recovering from an injury and is in a race against time to be fully fit for the World Cup has called the tournament "the pinnacle" of the one-day game.

Five time world champions Australia are hoping for a sixth crown and Starc, who is part of the preliminary 15-man squad, is preparing to help his side achieve that in what will be his second World Cup.

"In the one-day game, it's the pinnacle, the World Cup. No matter where it is, or who's playing. It's the pinnacle of the game in one-day cricket," the 29-year old told ICC.

Australia are coming into the World Cup on the back of a good run where they won eight games on the trot - three against India to fight back and win the ODI series 3-2 before a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan in UAE.

Starc was the highest wicket-taker in the 2015 edition, with 22 wickets in eight matches at an economy of just 3.50 and is hoping for a repeat.

"It's going to be a great tournament," he said. "It's at tournament play where it shows how good a team is. You want to be playing your best cricket at the end. You want to make the finals first, but you want to keep your best cricket for the end. It's a bit different than playing the same team in a few games (of a) series."

The defending champions have quite a strong battery of fast bowlers that will travel to the World Cup with the likes of Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile, besides Starc included in the side. And Starc believes his side can outperform England in their own backyard.

"If we can beat England in England, win a World cup in England, and then win the Ashes in England, there is not too much that an Englishman or woman can say to knock you down."

Being a fast bowler, injuries have been a big part of Starc's career. He recently missed the five-match ODI series in India, which the visitors won 3-2, but hopes his body can hold up long enough for him to keep performing.

"Hopefully my body lasts a few more years, and I can get a few more wickets along the way for the group," said Starc. "(I'm) just loving being a part of this group of guys and this challenge going forward. To do it with some of my best mates is pretty special as well."

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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