ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Everything you need to know

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is here! It's time to witness the world's 10 best teams play across 48 matches in pursuit of the ultimate in one-day international cricket glory.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
Everything you need to know

10 teams, 150 players, 48 matches, 45 days, 10 venues, 1 winner

Every four years, the best one-day international (ODI) teams in the world gather to see who is the king of the 50-over game. The ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the greatest events on the global sporting calendar and it's one in which Australia has shone. In fact, Australia has won the tournament 5 times out of 11, including 4 of the last 5.

However, Australia has not gone into any Cricket World Cup this century ranked this low (fifth). The door is very much open for the high-flying England and India teams to pounce. While New Zealand and South Africa are also both well-placed to have a crack at winning their maiden titles.

One thing is for sure: the Cricket World Cup is must-watch TV and Finder will be there every step of the way with you. Through this page you'll find extensive guides to every team and match, comparisons on all your Cricket World Cup broadcasting options, historical stats and the most important news as it arrives out of England.

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ICC Cricket World Cup vital information

  • When does the Cricket World Cup start? 31 May
  • When is the Cricket World Cup final? 14 July
  • How long does the Cricket World Cup last? 45 days
  • How many matches are in the Cricket World Cup? 48 (including 2 semi-finals and the final)
  • How many teams are in the Cricket World Cup? 10
  • How many players are in the Cricket World Cup? 150
  • Where is the Cricket World Cup being held? England and Wales
  • How many venues will host the Cricket World Cup? 10
  • Who is broadcasting the Cricket World Cup in Australia? Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine*
  • What time do Cricket World Cup matches start in Australia? 7:30 pm AEST**
  • How long does a Cricket World Cup match last for? Around 8 hours
  • Who won the 2015 Cricket World Cup? Australia
  • Who is the highest-ranked ODI team ahead of the Cricket World Cup? England

* Channel Nine will only be showing the matches that include Australia, as well as the two semi-finals and final.
** The vast majority of matches begin at 7:30pm AEST, though there are a handful of matches that begin later, at 10:30pm AEST.

List of teams in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and ODI rankings

There are 10 teams playing in the Cricket World Cup, which includes the hosts, England, the 7 highest-ranked teams on 30 September 2017 and 2 qualifiers, West Indies and Afghanistan. Here are how the teams rank going into the Cricket World Cup. Take note of the points tallied, as this gives you an idea of each team's performance relative to their competition. You can keep to speed on how ever team and player is traveling in our team standings and player stats article, updated daily.

TeamCurrent ranking (22 May 2019)PointsAnalysis
England1125England guide
India2121India guide
South Africa3115South Africa guide
New Zealand4113New Zealand guide
Australia5109Australia guide
Pakistan694Pakistan guide
Bangladesh790Bangladesh guide
West Indies877West Indies guide
Sri Lanka976Sri Lanka guide
Afghanistan1063Afghanistan guide

Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule

There won't be much time for sleep during the Cricket World Cup with 48 matches packed into 45 days. During the initial rounds you can expect a match every single night and occasionally two. With the vast majority of matches starting at 7:30pm AEST in Australia and lasting about 8 hours, they'll be wrapping up around 3:00am. Ouch!

Here is a schedule for all the Australian matches during the Cricket World Cup. The final match of the group stage, Australia vs South Africa on 6 July, looms as a particularly interesting battle. There is every chance this match will decide the last spot in the final four! You can also view all 48 games of the Cricket World Cup in our official schedule.

StageMatchDateStart time (AEST)Team ATeam BVenueWhere to watch
Group4Saturday 1 June22:30AfghanistanAustraliaCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group10Thursday 6 June19:30AustraliaWest IndiesTrent BridgeKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group14Sunday 9 June19:30IndiaAustraliaKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group17Wednesday 12 June19:30AustraliaPakistanCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group20Saturday 15 June19:30Sri LankaAustraliaKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group26Thursday 20 June19:30AustraliaBangladeshTrent BridgeKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group32Tuesday 25 June19:30EnglandAustraliaLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group37Saturday 29 June22:30New ZealandAustraliaLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group45Saturday 6 July22:30AustraliaSouth AfricaOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-final1Tuesday 9 July19:301st4thOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-final2Thursday 11 July19:302nd3rdEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Final1Sunday 14 July19:30Winner Semi-final 1Winner Semi-final 2Lord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine

How to watch the Cricket World Cup in Australia

If you want to watch every single match from the 2019 Cricket World Cup there is only one channel you want: FOX CRICKET 501. FOX CRICKET 501 is a Fox Sports channel broadcast through Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. We have put together an extensive comparison of these options, but here is a brief overview.

Of these three, Kayo Sports offers the most compelling Cricket World Cup broadcast experience for a number of reasons: it shows every match live and on demand, it's the cheapest fully fledged service, it works on almost every device (including your TV) and it has some brilliant, unique viewing features. The latter includes the ability to jump to key moments (such as sixes, fours and wickets) on the timeline. And don't forget SplitView, where you can watch up to four screens at once, which is perfect for when matches overlap.

Channel Nine, or potentially 9Gem or 9Go depending on the circumstances, will broadcast the two semi-final and final, as well as all nine matches featuring Australia in the group stage. The matches will also be streamed through the 9Now app. These are the only Cricket World Cup matches you can watch for free.

Below is a table comparing the key features of all the ways to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Australia.

FeaturesKayo SportsFoxtel IQFoxtel NowChannel 9
Price (per month)$25$68$400
Installation fee$0$100$0$0
Set-top box costN/A$125$99 (optional)N/A
ContractNo12 monthsNoNo
Free trial period14 daysNo10 daysN/A
Simultaneous streams2122
Matches shownAllAllAll12 of 48
FormatsPC, Mac, iOS, Android, Chomecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TVTV, iOS, AndroidPC, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox One, PS4, Chromecast, Samsung TVs, LG TVs, Sony TVsTV, iOS, Android
Additional included sports channels1319190
On demandYesYesYesNo
Bonus featuresSplitView, Key Moments, Hide Scores, Gameday Hub, Rewind to Start, Picture-in-Picture4K, Record, Non-sport channels included in price.Non-sport channels included in priceIt's free (but has ads)

When do the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches start across Australia?

The tournament organisers have done a decent job of keeping the majority of matches starting at the same time. This gives fans some predictability with their daily cricket fix. However, given the cricket is being played on the other side of the world, most Australians will be watching late into the night.

Here is an overview of the how the Cricket World Cup start times convert across Australia and New Zealand. Early and late matches refer to the two different times the matches will start. Refer to the full schedule for more information.

Key timesSydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart (AEST)Adelaide, Darwin (ACST)Perth (AWST)New Zealand (NZST)
Start time early matches7:30pm7pm5:30pm9:30pm
Expected end time early matches3:30am3am1:30am5:30am
Start time matches10:30pm10pm8:30pm12:30am
Expected end time late matches6:30am6am4am8:30am

Which venues are hosting Cricket World Cup matches?

Some of the most iconic cricket grounds in the history of the game will be used during the tournament. In all, we'll see 10 venues host the 48 matches. It should come as little surprise to know the World Cup final will be played at Lord's, the home of cricket. Here is a full list of all the venues from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

  • County Ground
  • Edgbaston
  • Headingley
  • Kennington Oval
  • Lord's
  • Old Trafford
  • Riverside Ground
  • Sophia Gardens (in Wales)
  • The Rose Bowl
  • Trent Bridge

How do the Cricket World Cup finals work?

The Cricket World Cup has a svelte finals series that begins after the 45 matches from the group stage have been completed. In the group stage, each team plays nine matches – one each against the other competing teams. Upon the completion of those matches, a top four is established based on points accumulated for victories.

The semi-finals then commence, with first playing fourth and second playing third. The winners of semi-finals then meet in the final, which takes place on 14 July.

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