The 12th edition of Cricket World Cup, 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, will begin soon. Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath has chosen the no.1-ranked ODI team England as the favourite for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
England and Wales are set to host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup that will run between 30th May to 14th July. A total of top ten teams will participate in this competition while Australia will play as the defending champions.
However, Glenn McGrath believes that the present English ODI side is a good unit and they will start as the favourite side in this tournament.
McGrath recently told ESPNcricinfo during his tour in India, “England, a very good one-day unit. To me they are the favourites going into this World Cup, so I think they’ll do very well.”
I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘England are the team to beat’ or the ‘favourites’ – Glenn McGrath
England’s recent ODI performances have impressed McGrath. He pointed out England’s dangerous batting performances in recent ODIs. McGrath also feels that it is probably his first time when he has taken England as the favourite team.
He said, “Probably! I can’t remain biased my whole life. You’ve got to go on current form. The England team – the way they go about it, they have impressed me. They have scored some big, big totals. Most teams used to go hard in the first 15 and the last 15, and consolidate in the middle. But teams like England, India are just going hard the whole 50 overs, and that’s the impact T20 cricket has had. So yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘England are the team to beat’ or the ‘favourites’.”
Glenn McGrath believes that the present England ODI side is tough to beat. However, the legendary Australian pace bowler is also hopeful about his national team to do well in the upcoming Cricket World cup.
He added, “I didn’t say they were going to win the World Cup though! So they are the favourites and are going to be tough to beat in their own conditions, but fingers crossed, Australia can do well.”
It’s going to be an interesting World Cup – Glenn McGrath
McGrath also feels that India will be another top challenging team, like England, in the upcoming tournament. While he is hopeful about the present Australian side, he also feels that South Africa is a good team.
Talking about the dark horse of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, McGrath has chosen Windies and Pakistan. He believes that the forthcoming Cricket World Cup will be an interesting competition.
McGrath said, “The two standouts to me were India and England, with fingers crossed, Australia doing well. South Africa are always a good team, West Indies are bit of a dark horse – they can play really well or badly, probably similar to Pakistan. So it’s going to be an interesting World Cup. England and India are tough to beat, but with Australia’s form, I think we’ll see them make the final.”
I’d like to think that Australia will make the finals – Glenn McGrath
Since early 2018, Australia hugely struggled in international cricket as they found tougher to win the matches. However, just ahead of the Cricket World Cup, Australia has won their all last eight ODIs. They have won three consecutive away bilateral limited-overs series in recent times. McGrath is happy with their most recent performances, and he feels that Australia can reach the final of the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
McGrath also praised the two-time World Cup winners Indian national cricket team.
He concluded, “I was a little bit concerned how Australia were going to go, but their form of late has really impressed me. They’ve performed really well in conditions that are not suited to them, so that bodes well for their chances. I’d like to think that they’ll make the finals. India are a quality one-day unit as well. They’ll be in the running.”
England and South Africa will face each other in the opening game of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on 30th May at The Oval (London).