The summer of 2018 very much belonged to football. The country watched on as England surged into the latter stages of the World Cup, before heartbreakingly falling to Croatia in the semi-finals. Fast forward almost a year later and another England international men’s team will be attempting to bring home World Cup glory, this time in the shape of the Cricket World Cup.
Hosted by England and Wales, the 2019 Cricket World Cup gets underway on 30th May. England currently sit top of the ICC One Day International Rankings and have rightfully earned the tag as favourites. You would expect the comforts of home soil would only increase England’s chances of victory, however it could heap more pressure on England to deliver.
With many experienced heads in the squad though and four of the most in-form batsmen in the world right now in Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and captain Eoin Morgan, this England side will be confident of winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time. India will be just one of a number of other teams hoping to scupper England’s chances though. The two time champions will be typically backed in numbers by their loud and vibrant supporters. With the top two ranked batsmen in the world right now and the number one ranked bowler at India’s disposal, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
And you can’t talk about the Cricket World Cup without mentioning Australia. The five time winners have won four of the last five World Cup tournaments and will be eager to win a sixth in the back yard of their biggest rivals. With the controversial Steve Smith and David Warner both returning from suspensions dished out for ball tampering, the pair will have to deal with a lot of stick from players and fans alike should Australia want to bring the Cricket World Cup back down under.
Away from the “Big 3”, New Zealand and South Africa will both be hoping to win the World Cup for the first time, with South Africa having the perfect chance to state their intentions in the opening game of the World Cup against England.
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