Bad weather in Manchester forced India to train indoors on Tuesday, two days ahead of their match against the West Indies in the 2019 World Cup.
India, along with New Zealand, are the two undefeated teams remaining in the tournament, though they were pushed to the limit by an unfancied Afghanistan in their previous match.
The match against the Windies, who are already eliminated from the tournament, may see India trying out players like Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant or Ravindra Jadeja – all of whom are yet to play a game.
The 2019 World Cup is on track to break previous records, having already registered over 1 billion views across ICC’s platforms and social media channels.
On top of that, television figures from India stood at 342 million before the blockbuster India-Pakistan match. Hotstar, ICC’s digital broadcast partner in India, got a record 15.6 million peak live viewers for the India-Pakistan match – which is a record for an international match. Similar numbers were witnessed for the India v Afghanistan cliffhanger.
In the UK, Sky TV has taken the tournament to six million viewers so far. Across other fixtures on Sky Television, the India-Australia match had the highest unique audience at 3.14 million.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “This is a remarkable level of fan engagement which cements the ICC World Cup 2019 among the world’s biggest and best sporting events. The positive trends that we are seeing around the number of fans engaged at this stage of the tournament gives us great confidence that all previous records will be shattered.”
STAT OF THE DAY
250 – Before the start of the England-Australia match, ODI cricket was at a unique position. According to statistician Mazher Arshad, since the previous World Cup, 250 ODIs were won by teams batting first and 250 by the teams batting second, with a handful of no results and ties.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Rivalries recommence between England and Australia in the picturesque surrounds of Lord’s on Tuesday – with David Warner and Steve Smith set to come under the microscope yet again.
England supporters are likely to poke fun at the pair, who were banned from playing for their country for a year for their part in the sandpaper scandal against South Africa in 2018.
Warner in particular has been superb for Australia so far at the 2019 World Cup, forming a deadly tandem with fellow opener Aaron Finch.
England, meanwhile, have been equal parts spectacular and shaky, having lost to heavy underdogs Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field first – follow our live ball-by-ball updates below …