England are rated as the bookmakers’ favourites heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup, as they aim to win the competition for the first time. The Three Lions will have home advantage in the tournament and are in red hot form with the white ball which makes them the team to beat this summer.
The hosts named their 15-man squad last month, and it is full of depth with the bat and ball. Eoin Morgan will captain the side which has a very different look to it than the Test team. For years, the Test team has relied so heavily on the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but the ODI team is full of youth and a fiery determination.
Arguably the Three Lions’s biggest strength is the number of explosive players they have who can score runs quickly. Jonny Bairstow will open the batting and unless the opposition gets him early, he can give his side an electric start to their innings with his famous hard hitting.
The one player who has really taken England to a new level in recent years though has been Jos Buttler. As he proved in the tour of West Indies, he is an incredibly dangerous weapon to have in the middle of your batting line-up. The Lancashire man has been in great form recently in the IPL, where he has been one of the stars of the competition.
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There was no place in the squad for Jofra Archer, unfortunately, who has impressed recently for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash in Australia. Archer has played in the recent games against Ireland and Pakistan though and has not looked out of place. Therefore, it would be no surprise if England opted to take him in their final squad for the tournament.
England have cricket World Cup odds of 9/4 in the outright market for the competition, where they sit above India and Australia respectively. It is been a while since England have been the favourites for a one-day World Cup and there will be a lot of pressure on their shoulders. However, the young squad look to be fearless and ready to take centre stage this summer.
India Will Pose a Threat with Strong Batting Line-Up
The biggest threat to England in the tournament is likely to come from India. You only have to have to look at their squad to see how many stars they have, particularly with the bat. In Virat Kohli, they have the number one batsman in the world, who is well supported by the likes of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni.
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Australia are also serious contenders and probably have the best bowling attacking at the World Cup. Names like Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins will cause lots of problems and between them should pick up plenty of wickets. Australia won the last World Cup in 2015 and the defending champions will relish playing on some of the pitches in England, ahead of this year’s Ashes series.
The World Cup begins on May 30 when England take on South Africa at the Oval, while the final takes place at Lords’ on July 14 in what promises to be a bumper summer of cricket in England.