Swann predicts WC 2019 winner
The intriguing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has started ever so well. Going by the initial signs, Australia, India, England and New Zealand look pretty strong and it is likely that these four teams would reach the semi-finals but there might be a twist in the tale too. Bangladesh, the dark horses of the tournament are scaring every other team with their full-grown potential.
However, former England’s mystery spinner, Graeme Swann believes England will lift the World Cup on home soil this summer and he sees no other team that can come even close to his team. Swann also went on to explain why the defending champions Australia are not on the same level as that of England or India.
I still fancy England: Swann
‘India were brilliant against Pakistan and they have every right to be up there in the betting, but I still fancy England to go all the way,’ he told Betfair. ‘Australia have been a little bit lucky so far – their batsmen play a little bit old-fashioned and they were bailed out by Mitchell Starc against Sri Lanka.
‘I wouldn’t put them in the same bracket as England or India. ‘New Zealand are untested so far, playing all the easy sides and then seeing their clash with India rained off. They are not battle-hardened yet.’
Eoin Morgan & Co escalated to the top of the ICC rankings in one-day cricket in the four years after the disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign and now they have made a real case for themselves as the favourites of the tournament.
England won three of their first four World Cup games with the only loss coming against Pakistan. The hosts now sit fourth in the group stage table and they are in a safe position to progress to the knockout stages and take on Afghanistan on Tuesday.
England should produce a ruthless performance: Swann
Swann wants England to put up a ‘ruthless’ show in Manchester. “England will be expected to beat Afghanistan on Tuesday but former spinner Swann wants Morgan’s side to produce a ‘ruthless’ performance in Manchester. ‘Like just about everyone I’m expecting an England win against Afghanistan at Old Trafford but what I want to see is a ruthless one,’ Swann said.
‘Afghanistan, in World Cup terms, are the weak link. That’s not to say they are without talent, and I do think they have the potential to frighten a couple of teams. ‘Certainly, the openers will have their day against one or two bowling attacks and in Rashid Khan, they have world-class talent with the ball,” the former England star added.