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Graeme Swann picks the hot favourites to win the World Cup

Australia are the current World Champions in the format.

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)

The ICC Cricket World Cup is less than a year away now as all the teams are trying to build their squads keeping the mega event in mind. England will host the tournament as 10 teams will fight for the glory unlike the earlier editions when the Associates were part of the perennial event. The current and former England cricketers are pretty much excited about the new format as Graeme Swann has picked the favourites to win the title next year.

Australia are the current World Champions but they are immensely struggling in the 50-overs format these days. Moreover, they have lost all the three matches so far in the five-match series against their arch-rivals. The suspension of David Warner and Steve Smith has made the side even weaker and it looks unlikely that they will be able to defend their title next year.

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Which team did Swann pick?

Graeme Swann, while speaking to BBC, named England as hot favourites to win the World Cup for the first time next year following the world-record they set at the Trent Bridge against Australia. He believed that the team is looking settled even without the likes of Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes in the team.

“For this team, the sky is the limit and that’s the way to play One-Day cricket. I’ll tell you what, they’ve got to go down as hot favourites for the World Cup as it is only a year away and they’ve got a balanced team. They’ve still Stokes and Woakes to come back into the team,” he said.

Swann also added that the other teams would not be wanting to face England in the World Cup after the way they batted in the third ODI in the ongoing series. “Everyone around the world would’ve watched that and will now desperately not want to play England. They would not want to come up against the hosts in a crunch game,” Swann added.

In hindsight, one of the most successful off-spinners of England was looking confident about England doing well in the mega event under the leadership of Eoin Morgan.

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