Cricket World Cup 2019: When does it start, what dates are the fixtures and where will the tournament be held?

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What is it?

It's the 2019 Cricket World Cup, a feast of 50-over cricket that takes place every four years. This year's tournament will be hosted in England and Wales.

When is it?

There are around six weeks' worth of cricket - the first game is on May 30th, with the final on July 14th.

What time will games start?

There are two start times - day games will begin at 10.30am BST, with day-night games slightly later at 1.30pm BST.

What are the fixtures?

England kick things off against South Africa at the Oval on May 30th. You can find the full list of fixtures here.

What countries are involved?

This is the full list of countries taking part in the Cricket World Cup this year:

  1. England
  2. India
  3. Australia
  4. South Africa
  5. New Zealand
  6. Pakistan
  7. West Indies
  8. Sri Lanka
  9. Bangladesh 
  10. Afghanistan

How to watch the matches live and TV channel details

All games in the UK will be broadcast on Sky Sports on its Sky Sports Cricket channel.

You will also be able to follow live coverage of the tournament right here with Telegraph Sport.

Which players have been named in the squads?

Jofra Archer has been left out of England's preliminary World Cup squad but will be given the chance to play his way into the tournament after being called up to face Ireland and Pakistan next month.

The Barbados-born seamer, who completed his three-year residency period on March 17, was not included in the 15 named by national selector Ed Smith at Lord's on Wednesday, but that is far from the end of the story.

While the 24-year-old has failed to dislodge any of England's existing attack in this first cut, tournament rules allow alterations to be made up until May 23, with both he and Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan offered a chance to impress.

The pair will form part of an expanded 17-man party for the five-match series against Pakistan and could also feature in a Twenty20 against the same opponents and a standalone ODI versus Ireland.

By extending the intrigue over Archer, England have made a show of faith in the likes of David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran, all of whom might have come under pressure had Archer been drafted into the 15.

Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

All current squads are here.

What is the tournament format?

Each of the 10 teams will play each other once in a round-robin format. The top four at the end of the group stage will enter the semi-finals, with the winner of those playing in the final.

When is the Cricket World Cup final?

It's on July 14th at Lord's.

Where is the tournament being held?

The cricket matches will held at venues throughout England and Wales, including at The Oval in London and the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff.

Who won the 2015 World Cup?

Australia beat New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup final, making it there fifth win since 1987.

Who are the previous winners?

Australia were champions in 2015 when they beat New Zealand by seven wickets at the MCG. England have never won the World Cup, despite reaching three finals.

  • 1975 - West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs
  • 1979 - West Indies beat England by 92 runs
  • 1983 - India beat West Indies by 43 runs
  • 1987 - Australia beat England by seven runs
  • 1992 - Pakistan beat England by 22 runs
  • 1996 - Sri Lanka beat Australia by seven wickets
  • 1999 - Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets
  • 2003 - Australia beat India by 125 runs
  • 2007 - Australia beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs (DL method)
  • 2011 - India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets
  • 2015 - Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets

What are the latest odds?

  • England - 9/4
  • India - 11/4
  • Australia - 4/1
  • South Africa - 9/1
  • New Zealand - 10/1
  • Pakistan - 12/1
  • West Indies - 18/1
  • Sri Lanka - 40/1
  • Bangladesh - 80/1
  • Afghanistan - 80/1

What is our prediction?

England have never had a better chance of World Cup success having played brilliant cricket over the last few years, with this one on home soil. Expect them to reach the last four, but India will be close challengers for the big prize.

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