World Cup 2019 Weather & Pitch Conditions: With England hosting the world cup this time, a lot will depend on how the pitches will treat the bowlers and the batsmen. The English conditions have often been described as the one where the pacers will be able to swing the ball even under cloudy conditions in hot summer. Though there is no conflict with the narrative, it should be noted that the pitch and the weather conditions have changed drastically in the last few years, especially in the limited-overs games.
With the introduction of using two new white balls in an ODI, the maximum that the white Kookaburra ball can offer the swing is five overs. To further add to it, the weather in England has become dry when compared with the previous years and the pitches have become flat. All the above factors have contributed to prove that this world cup will see a lot of high-scoring matches. The warm-up matches certainly were not ideal gameplay that one would see in the upcoming matches in the world cup.
THE ENGLISH SUMMERS
Last year, during their summer, the UK had witnessed bitter temperatures according to their weather standards, with the average temperature recorded at 15.8 °C. This was the highest recorded data in the UK ever since the year 1910. The current month of May generally remains colder with a bit of rainfall too. As per the stats from the previous two years of 2017 and 2018, the average temperature recorded in the region was 12.1 °C. The conditions almost remain the same in 2019 as well, with the mean temperature is hovering around 12 °C, as per the data available so far.
The primary reason why the warm-up matches couldn’t see big scores is that they were played on the tracks which was already used before. The match between Afghanistan and Pakistan was played on the pitch which earlier hosted the ODI between the home team England and Pakistan, just before the start of the world cup. The pitch at Southampton was used thrice in a span of 14 days. The match between India and New Zealand played at the Kia Oval had a green pitch, which had facilitated the bowlers to bowl swing and seam deliveries for a good twenty (20) overs.
With all said and done, what is clear is that the importance of weather will be nullified unless the pitch has some green patches to it with layers of grass on the top. Going by the weather forecast of all the matches in this world cup, it looks like the rain is going to play a spoilsport in as many as 10 matches out of the 48 matches to be played. However, it is still not clear on the amount of harm it might cause to the match, which would impact the match results.
AVERAGE SCORES AT THE WORLD CUP 2019 VENUES
However, switching our focus on the upcoming games which are to be played till July, in almost 11 stadiums in England and Wales, the average score can be predicted to be around 270-280. Though it might seem a little less, considering the kind of pitches England has, it would be safe to say that there can be few changes in fortunes as and when the weather gets a little tough. Of all the stadiums, the Old Trafford is expected to witness some of the low scoring games in this edition of the world cup. In the past two years, out of all the games that were played here, there hasn’t been a single game which has produced a big total.
On the other hand, it will be Nottingham which will host some of the high scoring matches in the world cup, with the average innings score on this track is around 325-330. Since the figures are only averages, the actual match can see the scores going either up or down.
All the teams should also be wary of the fact that this world cup can better the chances of the teams chasing when compared to the previous editions of the world cup, where the winning ratio of the team batting first is relatively higher than the ones chasing the total.
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