Next India Today Web Desk HeadingleyJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 09:45 IST World Cup 2019, England vs Sri Lanka: No rain has been forecast for Friday in Leeds (Reuters Photo)A struggling Sri Lanka take on in-form England in their World Cup 2019 tie at Headingley in Leeds on Friday. England, who have had an impressive campaign so far, will be eyeing their fifth victory in the ongoing World Cup. Eoin Morgan’s men have lost only one match and that came while chasing against Pakistan.England won their last two games comprehensively, by margins of eight wickets and 105 runs against West Indies and Afghanistan respectively. Having acquiring an enviable assortment of big-hitters who routinely post 300-plus scores, England is the team to beat in this tournament. The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan have been taking opposition attacks to the cleaners.England will inch closer to the World Cup semi-finals with a win over Sri Lanka at Headingley. England hold the edge over Lanka (6-4) in the World Cup meetings. Sri Lanka are in a must-win scenario after pocketing just one victory. Sri Lanka registered their only win against Afghanistan in a rain-affected game in Cardiff.They were completely outclassed by New Zealand and Australia and two of their matches were washed out. Dimuth Karunaratne’s side have to win all of the remaining games to make it to the semis of World Cup 2019.England vs Sri Lanka: Weather updates from Leeds Cricket fans can breathe a sigh of relief as there is no rain predicted throughout the day in Leeds. The World Cup 2019 match between England and Sri Lanka will most probably be a full 50-overs-a-side game without any rain interruptions.advertisementFriday looks set to be a nice day for a World Cup match, with sunny intervals and cloudy spells, according to AccuWeather. Cloudy weather is forecasted for most of Friday in Leeds with sunny intervals and no rain at all. Screengrab from AccuWeather Screengrab from AccuWeatherAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chills out with ‘champ’ Rishabh Pant ahead of Afghanistan matchAlso See:For 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England vs Sri LankaFollow ICC Cricket World CupFollow Leeds England vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Leeds on FridayICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Strugglers Sri Lanka take on hosts and pre-tournament favourites England at Headingley in Leeds. Here’s all that you need to know about the latest weather updates from Leeds on Friday. advertisement
OSU coach Urban Meyer (left) and Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen exchange laughs during a Dec. 5 press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten Championship Game.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorINDIANAPOLIS- A decade ago, the current head coaches of the two participants in the Big Ten Championship Game shared a sideline and together helped lead the 2004 Utah Utes to an undefeated season.Gary Andersen, the current Wisconsin coach, was an assistant under then-Utah coach Urban Meyer as the Utes became the first “BCS bowl buster” as they defeated Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, 35-7, to cap a perfect season.Andersen characterized his time coaching for Meyer as a “great experience.”“Coach Meyer let us do what we wanted to do and what we did in the past. We were very successful, had a great year,” Andersen said Friday. “I learned a lot, a lot from Coach Meyer in that year in a lot of different ways. I put that into a lot of my philosophies as a head football coach.”Meyer reiterated Andersen’s comments, adding that while he did not know Andersen well when he hired him, that changed very quickly.“I love Gary. Gary is a guy that I only knew briefly when we hired him. By the time mid‑season rolled around, he was one of my top guys, a guy I would close the door and lean on quite frequently,” Meyer said Friday. “Obviously one of the best in the business at what he does.”Meyer’s high praise of Andersen is well deserved, as the Wisconsin coach has led the Badgers to back-to-back nine win seasons in his first two years in Madison, Wis.A defensive-minded coach, Andersen has led a Badger defense that ranks second in the country statistically. Andersen was the defensive line coach during the 2004 season under Meyer.The Badger defense is something that worries Meyer, especially heading into the game with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones making his first career start.“Very rugged defense. Very multiple. They blitz a lot. You can tell they’re very intelligent, well‑coached,” Meyer said. “They do a lot of stuff. If you do a lot of stuff and not make mistakes, you’re intelligent and well‑coached.”On the other side of the ball, Andersen said he does not expect the OSU offense to do much differently with Jones at the helm.“You look at it, as a defensive staff, Coach Aranda and his staff basically came to the conclusion that this man is very, very capable of running their offense, doing a great job of putting the ball into the hands of their playmakers,” Andersen said. “We don’t expect the offense to change a bit, quite frankly.”Meyer said all week leading up to the game that Jones will have an opportunity to play well due to the playmakers Andersen mentioned, and Meyer’s comments did not change on Friday.“He’s (Jones) prepared very well. Tuesday is a rugged day for anyone in practice. But I saw the improvement we needed to see on Wednesday. I made it at least a couple hundred times since the beginning of the week that the quarterback is a product of those around him,” Meyer said. “He still obviously has to execute and do his things. The guys had a very good practice around him as well, starting with the offensive line. I’m very confident in Cardale.”With Jones making his first career start, Andersen said he hopes that his defense can rattle the Glenville High School product.“One of our goals is to frustrate a quarterback, put a quarterback in a position where he doesn’t feel comfortable, let him understand that we’re going to be around him,” Andersen said. “Regardless, if that happens or not, that’s always a goal.”Whether or not the Badgers defense can get to Jones might not be the biggest storyline of the game, however.Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon leads the nation in rushing yards with 2,260 and despite sending in Jones for his first start, Meyer said he was more worried about the Heisman candidate for the Badgers.“Yeah, number one is tackling this ball carrier. That’s our number one concern, is getting this guy on the ground,” Meyer said. “Then number two is making sure that we are protecting our quarterback. They blitz a lot. Very complicated defense.”Regardless of what the worries are on the field, Meyer said come kick off, his relationship with Andersen will change.“Gary and I are great friends. We’ll always be great friends. Great respect for each other. Great family people. Our families get along. That will never change,” Meyer said. “For 60 minutes tomorrow we’re going to be competitors.”The Badgers and Buckeyes are scheduled to kick off Saturday at 8:17 p.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.