James Anderson, the veteran England fast bowler, admitted that there almost ten teams who are in contentions for the semifinal spot in the upcoming ICC World Cup. Meanwhile, England and Wales will host the tournament starting from May 30. The top-ranked ODI side, who are yet to lift the trophy, will be one of the favourites to lift the title at the Lord’s on July 14.

After a good 18-months run, England were given a reality check when Windies came hard at them with Chris Gayle putting the English bowlers to all over the park. The Caribbean side who made it through the World Cup qualifying tournament by the skin of their teeth last year – pushed England to their limits. England managed to secure a 2-2 draw. The recent outcome casted doubts on James Anderson’s mind that this tournament is wide open. However, the pacer also added that it will be a shock for him if his country doesn’t qualify to the top four.

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“I’d be really disappointed if England don’t make the semis. Before the one-day series against the West Indies, my head was nailed on and thinking ‘we’re definitely winning it,” he said.

“But then 2-2 against the West Indies, I know slightly different conditions, but it not necessarily told me that England weren’t up to it but just showed the West Indies, who had to qualify for the World Cup, are still a threat,” Anderson added.


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Ten teams are in contentions: Anderson

Furthermore, James Anderson noted that he feels all the sides are capable of reaching the top fours. He also added that there are no chances of taking any teams for granted. However, Anderson still believes that Eoin Morgan-led England are still capable of winning the trophy on their home soil.

“So in my head now, there are 10 teams that can potentially get into the semi-finals, you can’t take anyone for granted. It’s wide open but I’m still hopeful that England can go all the way,” he concluded.

England will begin their campaign on May 30 against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London.

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