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“England are the team to beat” – McGrath picks his WC 2019 favorites


Australia pacer Glenn McGrath picks the host England as the tournament favorites for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

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“You must go on current form. The England team – the manner in which they go about it, they have impressed me. They have scored some huge, enormous totals. Most teams used to go hard in the initial 15 and the last 15, and consolidate in the center. Yet, groups like England, India are simply going hard the entire 50 overs, and that is the effect T20 cricket has had. No doubt about it I don’t think I’ve at any point said ‘England are the team to beat’ or the ‘favorites’,” McGrath said.

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But he didn’t neglect his nation Australia’s chance at all. “I didn’t say they were going to win the World Cup however! So they are the favorites and will be hard to beat in their own conditions, however fingers crossed, Australia can do well,” he said.

The 49-year old legend insisted that Australia can make into final alongside India or England. “The two standouts to me were India and England, with fingers crossed, Australia progressing nicely. South Africa are dependably a decent group, West Indies are bit of a dark horse – they can play truly well or gravely, most likely like Pakistan. So it will be an interesting World Cup. England and India are hard to beat, yet with Australia’s form, I think we’ll see them make the final.

“I was somewhat concerned how Australia would go, yet their form generally has truly impressed me. They’ve performed truly well in conditions that are not fit to them, so that looks good for their chances. I’d like to imagine that they’ll make the finals. India are a quality one-day unit too. They’ll be in the running,” the Australian legend said.

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