As far as Eoin Morgan is concerned, England’s greatest ever one-day international team will open the Cricket World Cup on Thursday against South Africa. The captain has done more than most to transform England from no-hopers at the last World Cup to the most exciting team going into the 2019 edition.
After enduring humiliating lessons from a group-stage exit four years ago, Morgan set about pushing England to plan for and win this World Cup, conveniently being staged on home grounds across the next six weeks and four days. The resurgence has been incredible.
South Africa, meanwhile, will be without one of its best fast bowlers. Dale Steyn’s old right shoulder injury flared in April in the Indian Premier League and he was not ready in time for the start of the World Cup. He was picked in the squad in the expectation he will recover, and South Africa believe he will be fit to play its third game on 5 June against India.
The South Africa battery will still be impressive. There are Kagiso Rabada, who was over a back injury he sustained on 1 May, Lungi Ngidi, coming back from a side strain, Andile Phehlukwayo, and the retiring-but-menacing leg-spinner, Imran Tahir.
Here’s all you need to know about the tournament opener:
When will England vs South Africa fixture take place?
The match between England and South Africa will take place on 30 May, 2019.
Where will the match be played?
The England vs South Africa fixture will be played at The Oval in London.
What time does the match begin?
The England vs South Africa fixture will begin at 3 pm IST, with the toss to take place at 2.30 pm IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?
The match will be telecast on Star Sports Network in both standard as well as HD format.
England, under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan, will launch their World Cup 2019campaign against South Africa at Kennington Oval, London, on Thursday. After having suffered a first-round exit in the 2015 edition of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, England have improved tremendously in last few years and shown the world what they are capable of. In their run-up to hosting the showpiece ICC event, England climbed to the top of the One-day International (ODI) rankings and scored record highest ODI total twice, which now stands at 481 for six. Batting has been the basis of England’s ODI rejuvenation, with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Morgan and the dynamic Jos Buttler among a top seven who can all change the course of an innings in the blink of an eye.
South Africa have suffered plenty of World Cup heartache but having been losing semi-finalists four years there is a sense the Proteas are going under the radar this time around. South Africa coach Ottis Gibson is convinced the pressure is all on the tournament hosts and cited comments by England quicks Stuart Broad and James Anderson — both of whom no longer play ODI cricket — as an example.