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The 12th incarnation of the ICC Cricket World Cup is currently in progress. The sport forms a significant part of the calendar for us at Fox & Chave both as participants at local club level and as observers of the elite game.
So with that in mind here are some fun facts about the Cricket World Cup.
Australia lead the participant nations in number of tournament wins with 5. Among those, the Baggy Greens further proved their dominance with three consecutive wins being victorious at Lords in 1999, at the Wanderers in Johannesburg in 2003 and at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados in 2007. Australia have also competed in 7 of the 11 finals.
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Previously, the test playing nations qualified automatically with the remaining places being filled by the teams most successful in the World Cup qualifying tournament, known previously as the ICC trophy. However, the number of test playing nations has expanded over the years to 12 with the addition of Ireland and Afghanistan in 2018, with the number of teams in the tournament in 2019 determined to be only 10.
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In the course of the tournament’s history these three disciplines have produced some outstanding records by the best exponents of the one-day format.
To date, Sachin Tendulkar offers the standard for centuries at the crease with 6, is leading run maker with 2,278 and holds the record for most runs in a single tournament with 673 in 2003. With ball in hand, Australian Glenn McGrath is the leading light with 71 wickets, 26 in a single tournament, and with best bowling figures of 7/15 against Namibia in 2003.
The record for most catches from the out-field is 28 by Ricky Ponting, with 54 dismissals by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka being the best by a wicket keeper.
Although the short lived World Series Cricket formulated by the Australian media magnate Kerry Packer between 1977 and 1979 saw teams competing in coloured kit, dubbed ‘pyjama cricket’ by detractors, the ICC retained the use of ‘whites’ until the 1992 tournament.
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Hosted in Australia and New Zealand for the first time, matches were played in a day/night format which also saw the switch from the traditional red ball to the now familiar white one with the teams adopting the colours familiar to them since then;
Australia – Yellow
England – Sky Blue
India – Azure Blue
South Africa – Savannah Green
New Zealand – Black or Grey
West Indies – Maroon
Pakistan – Jade Green
Sri Lanka – Ocean Blue
Bangladesh – Palm Green
Afghanistan – Royal Blue with Red
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