Gilchrist picks the favourites for 2019 World Cup
A lot has been going on in Adam Gilchrist’s mind regarding the intriguing World Cup tournament. Though the showpiece event promises to be more competitive than ever before considering the improvement in the game from all the teams, Gilchrist tips Australia to lift the trophy once again.
According to Gilly, the defending champions are the team to beat at the marquee event despite the talks that the No.1 England are the favourites. Australia maybe ranked 5th in ODIs but that wouldn’t worry the men in yellow whose approach will be entirely different in the mega event.
When asked who will lift the World Cup, Gilly, without hesitation, 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 has been in sensational form of late as they go into the tournament having won consecutive ODI series away from home (against Pakistan and India) and also on a winning streak of 8 matches.
The highlight is that those series wins came without the presence of Steve Smith and David Warner who have been included to the squad in what can only be regarded as the major boost to Australia.
“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,” Gilchrist added.
“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.”