With the 2019 cricket world cup on the horizon later this year, Briefly.co.za looks at the 4 teams that stand the best chance of winning the tournament.
The cricketing world keenly waits in anticipation of the world cup from 30th May.
This year’s edition takes place in England, with conditions quite similar to South Africa.
Only 4 teams have ever won the tournament – Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies.
Briefly.co.za looks at the 4 favourites to be crowned as victors.
The Pakistani team is probably the best suited of the sub-continent teams to thrive in English conditions.
They’ve always boasted top seam bowlers and this vintage is no different, with the likes of Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi.
This is balanced by good spin options in Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan.
One general frailty has been their batting line-up but the Pakistanis seem to possess BMT (big match temperament) as they normally tend to outdo themselves in knockout tournaments.
3. South Africa
The Proteas have actually gone into most World Cups as favourites but this may no longer be the case this year.
Although they boast a host of talented players, their form in limited overs cricket hasn’t been inspiring.
Still, the team can call on run machines such as Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock and Faff Du Plessis.
One of the best young players in Aiden Markram is complimented by the big hitting of David Miller.
The South African quicks will love bowling in England and guys like Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will prove a handful.
2 things may just help the Proteas to get over the line this year – they go into the tournament as dark horses rather than favourites and they played some of their best cricket at the last tournament held in England.
Based on form, the Ozzies wouldn’t stand a chance.
However, winning the tournament is about mental toughness and BMT, which is where the Australians come out tops.
It’s little wonder that they’ve won the tournament a record 5 times.
The current crop still boast a fearsome bowling line-up with the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
They’ll also soon be boosted with the return of batting stalwarts, Steve Smith and David Warner.
The English have never won a World Cup but this is undoubtedly their best chance in decades.
Being the host nation, they’ll automatically have the advantage of familiar conditions and home crowds.
However, the current team is also ranked number one in the limited overs rankings.
The team is blessed with an abundance of powerful all-rounders and have incredible batting depth as a result.
We could see some huge scores during this tournament and guys like Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow may end up being some of the tournament’s highest run scorers.
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