first_imgGallipoli visit inspires Australia ahead of 2019 ICC World CupThe Australia World Cup squad made a pit stop at Gallipoli, the battleground where 11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives, as they made their way to England for the tournament.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 17:56 IST Australia will begin training for the 2019 ICC World in London from Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia stopped at Gallipoli on their way to England for the World Cup11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers had lost their lives at GallipoliVice-captain Pat Cummins described the trip as a “really special moment”Their World Cup preparations in full swing, defending champions Australia made a four-day stopover in Turkey on their way here to visit the storied Gallipoli peninsula.The Australian team touched down in England on Friday but decided to bond as a unit in the Gallipoli peninsula in southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, which holds great significance in Australia’s history as this was the battleground where 11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in a disastrous Allied military offensive during World War I.Vice-captain and star pacer Pat Cummins described the exercise as a “really special moment”.”Just before we left, we laid a wreath and recited the ode and just had a minute’s silence,” Cummins was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au from Turkey this week.”Just had a really special moment. One I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Just spending time together in a place like this, you can’t help but learn something about yourself, about your teammates. Just learning about the ANZAC spirit — the fight, the mateship, just the incredible values they held here in 1915.”When you hear some of the stories (of Australians fighting at Gallipoli), a lot of them aren’t necessarily best mates, but you know they’ve got each other’s back when the going gets tough,” Cummins said.”Just sticking it out, punching above their weight, doing all those things — no doubt there’s going to be times during the World Cup when we’re going to be up against it,” he added.advertisementAs much as the tour helped build team chemistry, Cummins said the World Cup that’s “been in our diaries for years” dominated the discussions.”It feels so close. I just can’t wait. Now it’s here, we’re just excited to get out there, train, play a couple of warm-up games. It’s only a couple of weeks away so we’re all pumped, it’s all we talk about, the games. We can’t wait to get it started,” Cummins said.Australia hit the training track at its regular base south of London this weekend before the first of three warm-up games — two official ICC practice matches and one unofficial game against the West Indies at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | All-rounders will have a say in 2019 ICC World Cup: Clive LloydFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow AustraliaFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow GallipoliFollow Pat Cumminslast_img

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