ICC World Cup 2019: Matthew Hayden Predicts Four Semifinalists
It is obvious that the prediction scenarios will take the boost whenever a major event takes place in the game of cricket. With ICC World Cup 2019 around the corner, the experts picked their favourites for the upcoming grand event. Meanwhile, the latest to join the bandwagon is Australia’s stylish southpaw, Matthew Hayden.
So far, the Indian National Cricket Team and the hosts England were thought to be the strong contenders of the ICC World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, the stylish southpaw added the defending champions Australia and the runner-up in the 2015 world cup New Zealand to be the four semifinalists.
Matthew Hayden feels that the England and Wales Cricket Board got a settled squad in the ODI format with all the departments being covered with the eligible players. The home conditions will also put them as one of the favourites to win the tournament.
”The first game between England and South Africa will be interesting. We must see how England handle South Africa. That is a big game. They are genuine contenders. My semi-finalists are going to be, in no particular order, Australia, England, India and New Zealand.”
On Aaron Finch captaincy:
Matthew Hayden felt that Aaron Finch wasn’t an ideal candidate to lead the side. However, Matthew Hayden admits that he is wrong and Finch did exceptionally well to bring back the team to the top in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner.
”What can you say about Aaron? Under his leadership, the side had really moved on without two of their best players. We had very good performances without those two individuals. It is a settled side. Again, six months back, I would have said no to his captaincy,” he added.
Hayden recalled the series in which Aaron Finch-led side did extremely well to seal the series in Indian conditions. He believes that the series has once again made Australia be in the title race.
”But Aaron has engineered an unbelievable comeback (against India) after being 0-2 down in a five-match series. That should suggest why Australia are favourites. They are working hard. They also have a good management structure in Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting. It is very much focussed on cricket. They have had a high-performance culture and now they have a cricketing culture,” Finch added.
The tournament begins from May 30 and will be played in England and Wales. While India will be looking for their third title – after success in 1983 and 2011. Meanwhile, Australia will enter into the tournament as the defending champions.
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