Who Are the Top Tips In the Cricket World Cup This Summer?
This summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup is now underway in England with ten of the top one-day international teams playing a series of games against each other across venues in England and Wales from the end of May through to the start of July to decide who will be the World Cup Champions this year.
England are ranked as the top One Day International team in the world at the moment and hopes are high that the home side could land what would be their first ever World Cup win, however they face a stern test from a number of other teams, not least a supremely talented Indian side and of course, their old rivals from Down Under and five-times winners of this trophy, Australia.
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Add to that the batting power of the West Indies, the tenacity of New Zealand and the fact that you can never rule out the likes of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa from the reckoning and you have the ingredients for a very competitive tournament and one that has already seen a number of twists and turns even in the first few days of action.
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How the World Cup has gone so far:
- 30th May – England beat South Africa by 104 Runs
- 31st May – West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 Wickets
- 1st June – New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 10 Wickets
- 1st June – Australia beat Afghanistan by 7 Wickets
- 2nd June – Bangladesh beat South Africa by 21 Runs
- 3rd June – Pakistan beat England by 14 Runs
Current Standings (as of June 3)
- West Indies – 2 Points (+5.802)
- New Zealand – 2 points (+5.754)
- Australia – 2 Points (+1.860)
- England – 2 Points (+0.900)
- Bangladesh – 2 Points (0.420)
- Pakistan – 2 Points (-2.412)
- India – 0 Points
- South Africa – 0 Points (-1.250)
- Afghanistan – 0 Points (-1.860)
- Sri Lanka – 0 Points (-5.754)
All teams have played one game as of 3rd June apart from England, Pakistan and South Africa who have all played two and India who are yet to play a match.
World Cup Organisation
Each team in the group stage will play one match against each of the other nine teams across England and Wales over the opening phase of the tournament. Once each team has played their nine games, the top four teams in the league table will progress into the semifinals of the tournament, with the top seed facing the team finishing fourth and the teams finishing second and third facing each other.
The two winners of the semifinals will then go on to contest the final at Lords in early July.
Current Betting Odds – Outright Winner
- England – 2/1 favourites
- India – 10/3
- Australia – 7/2
- New Zealand – 8/1
- West Indies – 9/1
- Pakistan – 18/1
- South Africa – 22/1
- Bangladesh – 33/1
- Sri Lanka – 66/1
- Afghanistan – 100/1
*Odds correct as of 11.15am on Tuesday June 4 2019 with bet365 Sport.
England’s odds have lengthened following their shock defeat to Pakistan on Monday, while Pakistan’s odds have shortened as a result of their unexpected win. Despite this, England remain the favourites just ahead of India and Australia in the betting with these three teams judged to be the firm favourites for the victory ahead of New Zealand and the West Indies.
Who Will Win the World Cup?
I believe there are five teams that have a realistic chance of winning the World Cup. South Africa I feel have blown their chances after losing both their opening games, while I feel Pakistan will struggle to repeat their success against England against the other top sides, while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are just not at the same level as the other teams in this tournament.
This leaves the following as contenders
England – The top ranked one-day side in the world at the moment and they have an outstanding batting line up. If they hit their best form then on home soil, they will be a real threat, but even so they have already shown in losing to Pakistan that they are not invincible and the pressure of being the home team and having never won this trophy, will weigh heavy on their shoulders at time. I can see England reaching the semifinals, but I am not sure they will go any further.
New Zealand – The 8/1 shots have probably one of the more underrated teams in this tournament but in Martin Guptill they have one of the best batsmen in the world and if he gets in and starts to find runs, then they will stand a chance against anybody. If they can pick up another win against one of the big three of India, England or Australia, they could surprise a few but I feel they may just miss out in the group stage.
West Indies – They battled England to a draw in the one-day series between the teams in the winter and in Chris Gayle, they have a man who can smash runs like perhaps only he and Jos Buttler can. Much depends on the bowlers for the West Indies and if they can fire, then I feel they have a good chance of making the semifinal, and from then on anything is possible.
Australia – Five times winners of this trophy, the Australians come into this tournament pretty much unheralded in one-day terms and not in the greatest of form but as they showed in their warm up win over England, anything is possible on the day. No team rises to the challenge as well as the Australians and it would be a massive shock if they did not reach the semifinals. I expect them to do that and probably make it into the final too.
India – England may be the favourites with bet365, but I think India are the team everyone has to beat to win this trophy. They have the best batsmen and the best bowler in one-day cricket, they have strength in depth and quality all over the field. They do not travel so well though and if conditions go against them they could be beaten but all things equal, India would be my pick to win the World Cup in 2019.