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Cricket: Ian Chappell names the three favourites to win 2019 World Cup – Metro.co.uk



April 7, 2019
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Ian Chappell believes Australia’s recent revival and the impending return of Steve Smith and David Warner ensures they are ‘joint-favourites’ to win this summer’sWorld Cup.

Australia endured a dismal year on and off the field following the ball-tampering scandal that resulted in 12-month bans for former captain Smith and opening batsman Warner.

But Aaron Finch’s side fought back from 2-0 down to beat Virat Kohli’s India last month, before thrashing a depleted Pakistan side 5-0 away from home.

Chappell, who captained Australia to the final of the first World Cup in 1975, told Mid-Day: ‘Australia have completed a remarkable resurgence.

‘Transforming from a struggling ODI side to beat the highly ranked Indian team and follow that with a comprehensive series win over Pakistan in their home territory.

‘The India victory was even more remarkable given they were away and trailed the series 2-0. And Australia were missing four of their top players – two from suspension and an injured pair.

‘Australia’s spirited revival, plus the impending return of star players, now has them on an equal footing with India and England as joint-favourites to win the World Cup.’

A number of current and former players have rated England and India as the two stand-out teams ahead of this summer’s competition.

But James Anderson, England’s record wicket-taker in Test cricket, believes all ten teams competing in the World Cup are capable of reaching the semi-finals.

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

‘But then 2-2 against the West Indies, I know slightly different conditions, but it just showed the West Indies, who had to qualify for the World Cup, are still a threat.

‘So in my head now, there are ten 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.’


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