Nine of the ten teams participating in the World Cup have already started their campaigns in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Tuesday, 5th June, is the day India makes their entry into the World Cup and that’s the start of the real competition between the top 10 teams. The two time World Cup champions Indian team is being deemed as favourites by many Cricket experts. Meanwhile, Former Australia great Shane Warne has shared his choices for the semifinalists of this tournament.
The legendary spinner has backed England, Australia, India and West Indies to clear the preliminary competition and make it to the knockout stage of the World Cup. So far in the contest, that commenced on May 30, England has one out of two games as Pakistan pulled a shocker to defeat them, and Sri Lanka is on 1-1 too. West Indies(leading the table), New Zealand, Bangladesh, Australia have played one and won. South Africa and Afghanistan have lost both.
England look like clear favourites
Among Warne’s picks, the three teams barring India started their campaigns with big victories. England defeated South Africa by 104 runs but suffered a shocking 14-loss against Pakistan in their second game. Meanwhile, West Indies are in top form and had thrashed Pakistan by 7 wickets in their tournament opener.
Australia has so far only clashed with Afghanistan and handed them a 7 wicket defeat. All in all, the four picks by Shane Warne have done well in their first game. And when India meets South Africa in their campaign opener, they will now eye a similar start in Rose bowl Southampton.
To quote Warne: “England look like clear favourites and will be very hard to touch in this World Cup. ‘India and Australia are the only two teams that come close to them on a regular basis really. West Indies will sneak in. It will be England, India, Australia and West Indies [in the semi-finals],” Warne said.