South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada says he is relishing the prospect of facing England in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup.
The paceman took 1-40 in Friday’s 87-run warm-up win over Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Friday and admitted to feeling a touch rusty after managing a back issue first aggravated during the IPL.
Rabada will look to continue building his form against the Windies at Bristol on Sunday.
After that, it is on to the World Cup action and the Proteas get the honour of opening the tournament against hosts England on May 30.
The 24-year-old is expecting a difficult match at The Oval but is excited about the prospect of potentially writing his name in history with a big performance.
“England is going to be a stiff challenge, but an enjoyable one,” said Rabada. “It’s crunch time – the first game of the World Cup and it’s going to go down in history.
“They’re a strong team, with good batsmen and bowlers. Multiple players from our team have played against England, we’re familiar with them and that helps.
“On the day, we have to rock up. With the quality they possess, we need to make sure we are on top.”
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The Australian’s peak moment at the helm came last year as he shepherded England to their first ever World Cup crown.
Any return would have to be considered in the future with Yorkshire’s players and staff having taken wage cuts due to the pandemic.
The traditional method of spit-polishing to produce movement through the air has been deemed too great a risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.