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ICC World Cup 2019 | Australia Favourites, England Could Fear Knockouts: Gilchrist

PTI |May 21, 2019, 11:51 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | Australia Favourites, England Could Fear Knockouts: Gilchrist

Australian great Adam Gilchrist Tuesday picked his country as favourite to win the World Cup and wondered if home side England and South Africa have it in them to prevail in the knockouts.

England are the World No. 1 side and will play the showpiece event on their own shores having struck phenomenal form with the bat that has carried them to 11 straight bilateral ODI series wins.

But Gilchrist put his money on Australia to add to their five world titles.

At Fox Cricket's World Cup launch, when asked who will win it, the former keeper-batsman said: "Australia. Certainly on paper they're as competitive as anyone with the names that are there now and the momentum they built up in the one-day format once they left Australian shores.

"Obviously there's confidence there. I just like what I'm seeing and five out of 12 World Cups have come this way so I can't see any reason why we can't win another one."

Australia enter the tournament having won consecutive ODI series away from home, against India and Pakistan, after struggling for a better part of last year in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who were serving their one-year bans for ball tampering in the infamous Cape Town Test.

With both players back, the squad has been strengthened.

"I always thought once they got their full squad at full strength they were always going to be as competitive as anyone. At the start of last Australia summer you would have said they were a long way off but there was always a lot to happen between then and the start of the World Cup," said Gilchrist.

"The fact that we won five doesn't guarantee these guys anything. It's more just the recent results, the momentum that's been built up and the names that are on the paper. It's a very, very strong, well balanced team.

"And I think a lot of shoots are forming from the seeds of leadership Justin Langer planted as well and I think they're coming together really nicely."

Regarding England, Gilchrist said they will have to contend with huge expectations as they are a "very, very good one-day team at the moment".

"The expectation on them is going to be huge and they're a very, very good one-day team at the moment and very composed and balanced," Gilchrist said.

"The hype is going to grow and grow and I'm expecting they'll get through to the semis but then it's just a knockout game and that's the fear isn't it?

"Historically, Australia hasn't really feared that part of it. Eventually in any tournament you get to the knockout stage and fortunately that's boded well for us whereas for South Africa and England it hasn't gone so well."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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