“He is quite an experienced horse for a two-year-old, having had six runs, and he is coming back off what for him has been a long break. ” William Buick has partnered the Godolphin-owned Buratino on his last three starts and expects the son of Exceed And Excel to continue to progress. He said: “Buratino has done nothing wrong and if the ground is quick he has got a great chance as he is one of the best juveniles around. “He was impressive at Epsom and he was impressive at Ascot. He has improved every time he has run. “He has had a break now so it will be interesting to see how he comes out of that. “He is an exciting horse and, touch-wood, he has improved again. “The track will be no problem for him.” He is one of a strong triumvirate for Aidan O’Brien, alongside Painted Cliffs and Washington DC. Jockey Joseph O’Brien said of the War Front colt: “He’s a lovely, big horse and he’s improving all the time – w hatever he does this year is going to be a bonus. Press Association “I think he’s the classiest horse (of the O’Brien three) and there’s no doubt in a year’s time he’s going to be the best horse. “My only worry is if the race is coming a bit early in his career, he’s a bit of progression to come yet. “He had a good run at Ascot and I’m hoping he can at least a lot closer to Mr Johnston’s horse (Buratino). Of the other Ballydoyle runners, Joseph O’Brien added: “It looks a really hot race. Painted Cliffs and Washington DC are both very well and are also entitled to take their chance.” Mark Johnston feels he could not have Buratino in better shape for the Group One contest. “It is the best two-year-old race of the season so far,” said Johnston. “Buratino won the Coventry, which is arguably the best two-year-old race before August. “He has been exceptionally well and this has been his target since Ascot. Air Force Blue, second Behind Buratino in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, bids for revenge over the British raider in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In Pakistan’s slump since the ICC Champions Trophy, Malik has been in poor form and his selection raised questions. In 23 ODIs before the England series, he managed just 13.6 and scored just one fifty which was in the 0-5 whitewash against Australia. He was even appointed a captain for two games in South Africa after Sarfaraz Ahmed was banned for two games for racially abusing Andile Phehlukwayo in an ODI.The inclusion of Amir and Riaz has also been questionable. Riaz, who did not play an ODI for close to two years, took three wickets in the warm-up game against Afghanistan while Amir has taken only three ODI wickets in the last year. Pakistan faces a West Indies side who are on the resurgence. In 10 World Cup encounters between the two sides, West Indies hold a massive advantage of 7-3 against Pakistan. With so much going against Pakistan, they head into this contest low on confidence and momentum. A loss in the opening game will make matters hard for Pakistan, considering their next match is against England who made a big statement of intent with a 104-run win against South Africa. Pakistan last won against the West Indies in the 2011 World Cup.Wahab Riaz has not played an ODI for the last two years.West Indies have a 7-3 head-to-head advantage against Pakistan in World Cups. highlights New Delhi: Pakistan is all set to open their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign against West Indies at Trent Bridge. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side has not had an ideal build-up heading into the tournament, losing nine out of 10 ODIs with one game being a no-result against England due to rain. Ever since their win in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan has won just nine out of 32 ODIs. Heading into the clash against West Indies, the Pakistan cricket team are under pressure and it has reflected in their team selected for the match against the Windies.According to Pakistan cricket team sources, the squad sees the exclusion of Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi but there have been plenty of questions raised over the exclusion of Shoaib Malik, who is potentially playing his last World Cup match. Malik had missed the first Twenty20 International and one ODI against England before the World Cup as the Pakistan Cricket Board granted him leave for 10 days to sort out certain ‘personal issues’.