The World Cup is considered as the pinnacle of ODI cricket and teams from around the world work hard to get a proper combination in place. The 2019 edition of the mega event starts on May 30 with the match between hosts England and South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London. The experts are busy predicting the semi-finalists and the probable champions even though it is one of the most difficult tasks under the sun. Former Australia great Glenn McGrath, too, has given his verdict on the upcoming World Cup, picking his favourites.
No wonder his choice, like a majority of those, is England as the Eoin Morgan-led side has put up some staggering numbers over the last four years. They are unbeaten in 11 straight ODI series and recently thumped Pakistan by 4-0 in the five-match series to announce themselves just before the mega event.
With the flat pitches on the offing, England looks the most equipped side as they bat extremely deep and each one of them has the ability to contribute significantly.
“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,” quoted Glenn McGrath.
They have impressed me
During a recent interview, McGrath revealed that it is very much important to consider the recent form of the participating teams. He mentioned that England has done really well in the recent times to impress him. The veteran Aussie pacer also noted the fact that the English side has scored some very big totals on consistent basis in the 50-overs format.
“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,” McGrath mentioned.
McGrath also feels that India will be a hard team to get over mostly due to the boom of T20 cricket. “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’,” he added.
In the meantime, while praising India and England, McGrath also didn’t count out defending champions Australia who’ve regained the mojo of late. “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,” McGrath concluded.