The cricket fever for this year is at an all-time high, with the cash-rich Indian Premier League set for a glittering finale on Sunday and the ICC World Cup less than a month away. Fans and players both are prepping up for the elite tournament that will take place in England.
All the teams competing in the World Cup have been gearing up in all ways possible. From fitness to practice, from strategy to planning, these teams are all in for the world’s showcase of cricketing power.
What also plays a big role in the prep up for a high voltage tournament like the World Cup is getting the right inspiration to give it their best. For this, the Australian men in yellow are set to take inspiration from a World War One heritage site.
Situated in Gallipoli, Turkey, the World War One pays homage to the ‘Dardanelles Campaign’, the unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to control the sea route from Europe to Russia in World War 1. In this battle, it is said that some 8,700 Australian troops lost their lives on the field.
On the way to their World Cup campaign in England, the boys in yellow will have a stopover at this historical place to draw inspiration about their country.
This comes nearly one year after Australia coach Justin Langer took the team on a Western Front tour of historic WW1 sites in France and Belgium. In a conversation with local radio station SEN, Langer said. “We took the boys to the Western Front last year on the way to England and we’ve had a theme ‘From Lille to Lord’s’ ever since, with the World Cup final at Lord’s on July 14.”
“Where we are right now, on the way to England for a long campaign representing our country, hopefully (Gallipoli) will be a real catalyst for gelling together and success,” he added.
This will be the first time the Australia cricket team visits Gallipoli since Steve Waugh led his team there in 2001, ahead of winning the Ashes against the Three Lions.
Langer also said that while he played for his country, he missed out on the opportunity to visit Gallipoli as he was not part of the ODI squad. He said that was one of the biggest regrets of his career.
Post their visit to the Turkish historical site, the team will be seen playing an unofficial warm-up game against West Indies on May 22, and then sanctioned practice matches against England and Sri Lanka. Australia faces Afghanistan in their first World Cup Match on June 1.