ICC World Cup 2019: Justin Langer Names England as Red-Hot Favourites for the Title Race
Former Australian batsman Justin Langer, who is now enjoying the top-brass post as the head coach of the Aussie team, believes hosts England are red-hot favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Langer added the Three Lions have ticked all the boxes. He conceded England are potent enough to go deeper into the ICC’s mega event.
Post the 2015-World Cup debacle, the Three Lions have emerged as consistent performers in the day-long format. Notably, the depth in their batting order has intimidated the opponents.
Meanwhile, cricket pundits have also picked reigning champions Australia and India, in particular, as favourites for the World Cup.
Australia needs to compete harder against India and England at the ICC World Cup 2019:
Langer also asserted that they need to give their best against India apart from England. While boasting about the team formula, he maintained they have to brace up for the challenge against two top-notch teams at the ODI showpiece.
“We’ve been hearing it for 12 months. We’ve shown if we stick to our formula then we’ll have some success. It’s as simple as that. And when it comes to playing India and England, we’re just going to have to compete harder. And equally be ready for them,” cricket.com.au quoted Langer, as saying.
However, the No. 1-ranked team – England has thumped Pakistan in the ongoing five-match ODI series. Following the inclement weather which ended the first ODI without any result.
Meanwhile, the hosts went on to clinch the series with a three-wicket win in Nottingham on Friday (May 17). They will be keen to complete the series 4-0 with the Leeds hosting the final ODI on May 19 (Sunday).
While playing as a safe card to keep Australia away from any sorts of pressure, Langer maintained England has been playing an aggressive brand of cricket. He added the team has an advantage of playing at their home.
“They’re playing brilliant cricket, aren’t they? They’re obviously the red-hot favourites for the tournament. And They’re playing here in their home country. They’re playing brilliantly, they deserve to be the number one team in the world,” he ellaborated.
While speaking about his team, Langer reiterated if their strategy will go according to the plan the batters could help in posting the massive scores in the UK.
While citing the series win over Pakistan (5-0) and India (3-2), Langer stated they’re certain about their strategy regarding the games.
“In terms of scores, a lot will have to do with the grounds we play on. The conditions, whether we’re chasing or setting, all those sorts of things. But we’re really clear on the game plan. We showed in India and (against Pakistan) that, if we stick to it, we’ll score big enough scores to win games of cricket,” Langer added.
Langer on England-Australia rivalry:
The 48-year-old Perth-born Langer remarked that the England-Australia rivalry would also gauge how visitors will compete against the best team in contemporary cricket.
“So we’re looking forward to playing them. There’s always good rivalry between us. And it’s going to be nice for us. We want to see how we’re at against the best team in the world,” Langer said.
Recently, Australia had faced a massive jolt when young pacer Jhye Richardson was ruled out after failing to recover from shoulder injury well in time. However, his namesake Kane Richardson has replaced the bowler in the 15-man squad.
With Australia set to play their first game on June 1 at Bristol, the Aaron Finch-led team will also warm-up against hosts England and Sri Lanka on May 25 and 27 respectively.
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