Hosts England’s World Cup 2019 campaign is in a huge messy situation after their recent successive losses to Sri Lanka and Australia. Although they are currently placed at the fourth spot on the points table, but they need to fight their way back and win both their next matches against India and New Zealand in order to book a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.
Whilst it is true that they were being deemed the top favourites when the tournament started, but England hasn’t played their best cricket yet. However, despite struggling to meet the expectations, the former cricketer Graeme Swann thinks that Eoin Morgan and his men will lift the trophy on July 14 for the first time in the history of England’s ODI cricket. England’s prime off-spinner during his playing days, Swann, also remarked that India are looking a very good side but still backed the hosts to go all the way.
“India were brilliant against Pakistan and they have every right to be up there in the betting, but I still fancy England to go all the way. I’m backing England to win the match. They will have regrouped after the Sri Lanka defeat and should have reached the conclusion that their only problems have come when they’ve been too conservative. Hopefully, they will kick out the caution and get back to throwing the first punch, so to speak,” quoted Graeme Swann.
Australia have been a little lucky so far
When asked if Australia had any chance of defending the title and win the trophy for the sixth time, the 40-year-old termed their style of play as old fashioned. “Australia have been a little bit lucky so far – their batsmen play a little bit old-fashioned and they were bailed out by Mitchell Starc against Sri Lanka. ‘I wouldn’t put them in the same bracket as England or India,” Swann further added.