ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor says playing India would be great preparation for tournament

New Zealand middle-order batsman Ross Taylor said playing a warm-up match against "favourites" India will help his side prepare well for the World Cup beginning 31 May.

Press Trust of India, May 21, 2019 20:54:34 IST

Dubai: New Zealand middle-order batsman Ross Taylor said playing a warm-up match against "favourites" India will help his side prepare well for the World Cup beginning 31 May.

New Zealand's Ross Taylor in action. Reuters

New Zealand's Ross Taylor in action. Reuters

New Zealand will play warm-up games against India and West Indies on May 25 and 28 respectively, before beginning their campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on 1 June.

"The game against India on the 25th would be a great preparation. They are one of the stronger sides and are favourites going into the tournament. It will be good for us to go out there and have a good hit out as a team," Taylor was quoted as saying by the ICC.

For the World Cup, the ICC has reverted to the 1992 round robin format where all 10 sides will play each other with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinals. The 35-year-old was all praise for the format and called it exciting and fair.

"The format, with everyone playing everybody, similar to the 1992 World Cup, is pretty exciting and a pretty fair reflection, I think. If you see at World Cups going around in all major sports, it's more of a pool-type scenario."

Asked about the batting-friendly conditions in England, Taylor said it is the mindset that matters and a team should be prepared for all conditions.

"You don't have to go too far back to the Champions Trophy, when a lot of people talked about big scores and there weren't a lot at that tournament," Taylor said.

"You've just got to be flexible, there will be times when the bowlers dominate and the batters will dominate as well. You've got to be prepared for anything and adapt accordingly," he added.

Participating in his fourth World Cup, Taylor advised the younger players to enjoy the tournament.

"It's a pretty cool event to be a part of and there's going to be a lot of ups and downs. If you enjoy yourself to the best, you'll probably play your best as well," he said.

Updated Date: May 21, 2019 20:54:34 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0





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
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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
6 New Zealand 4056 254