For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: With just 8 days to the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup to begin, the excitement has already reached the highest echelon. All teams are working regressively with the full fortitude to keep no box unturned. The hosts, England are firm favourites to win the tournament and the former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has handpicked Jos Buttler as the dangerman in the showpiece event.”The dangerman for England is gonna be Jos Buttler. I just watched him develop over the last 2 or 3 years. I had a chance to coach him at Mumbai Indians 3 or 4 seasons ago when he was really sort of starting to make his mark in international cricket,” Ponting was quoted as saying in a video posted at Cricket Australia website.”What he has done in the last 12 to 18 months whether in a T20, One-Day game or a Test match for England, it’s really outstanding. So, Jos Buttler is England’s dangerman for me. He (Buttler) might not take the gloves but his middle-order batting is out of this world. He scores 360 degrees around the ground, hits the ball incredibly hard, hits the ball a long way as well,” he added. Besides Buttler, England’s team comprises of match-winners like skipper Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jason Roy and Jofra Archer to name a few.The two-time World Cup winning skipper said England’s depth in the batting department makes the hosts a force to reckon with in the upcoming World Cup. “I think England’s great strength right now in their One-Day team is how deep they bat. That allows all their top-order to play probably with more freedom than most other teams,” Ponting said.”Someone like a Buttler or (Ben) Stokes or Moeen Ali coming in at 7, 8, 9, allows their top-order to go hard. They are a really confident outfit. They have got great depth in their squad and obviously would be playing in conditions they are very much used to.” England will be up against South Africa in the World Cup opener. The tournament will witness clash between top 10 ranked teams. Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the assistant coach of Australia for World Cup.
This Sunday the Premier County will travel to Brewster Park to take on Fermanagh with a home game against Clare to come the following weekend. There are 2 changes to Peter Creedon’s team for their Round 3 match.Robbie Kiely of Carbery Rangers returns from his one match suspension and takes over at left half back for the injured Donagh Leahy, while Borrisokane’s Philip Austin comes in at wing forward for the injured Brian Fox. And Tipp’s Michael O’Loughlin says it’s vital his side can secure four points against Fermanagh and Clare. O’Loughlin says retaining possesion will be key to Tipp’s approach.Coach Michael McGeehan will take Peter Creedon’s place on the sidelines for this weekends game. Creedon became the first manager to be hit with a touchline ban after his criticism of Meath referee David Coldrick in Tipp’s first round defeat to Armagh. The game at Brewster Park, Enniskillen throws-in at 2 o’clock on Sunday and we’ll have live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Ormond Tiles, Summerhill, Nenagh and Larkins Gala Store, Ballina.