ICC World Cup 2019: Glenn McGrath reveals his favorites for winning the tournament

"The competition will be tighter."

Glenn McGrath
Former international cricketer Glenn McGrath. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will commence on May 30 in England and Wales and the mega event will see the top 10 teams in the one-day international format battle it out for the crown of the world champion. Australia team is the defending champions, having defeated New Zealand in the World Cup 2015 at home. Australia dominated the World Cup scene during the 2000s, winning the tournament in 1999, 2003, and 2007.

They didn’t lose a single match from the 1999 World Cup to 2011 World Cup when Pakistan defeated them in league stages. The 2007 World Cup was special for many Australians as it saw the farewell of one of the greatest bowlers of all time, Glenn McGrath, who finished as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament and was the Player of the Tournament as well.


Glenn McGrath reveals his favorites to win the World Cup

Glenn McGrath feels that there are two favorites to win the trophy in the upcoming World Cup tournament and they are the hosts England and the no.2 ranked ODI team in ICC rankings, India. However, McGrath also pointed out that both teams have struggled in their recent ODI series with England drawing their series against the Windies and India losing to Australia. McGrath feels that Australia cannot be ruled out as favorites, given their recent form.

“The top two teams are going to be England and India. England had a tough time in the West Indies and India lost to Australia. So, the competition will be tighter. Australia’s chances have improved after their ODI and T20 win over India. The fact that Australia won the T20 series and the ODIs in India will boost their confidence. With those two (Steve Smith and David Warner) coming back, the team will be strengthened and those players were missed during the Australian summer,” McGrath was quoted as saying by Times of India (TOI).

The Australian team has received a boost with returns of Steve Smith and David Warner, while despite the below average performances by England and India, both the teams are strong enough to go the distance in the upcoming World Cup final.

England will commence their tournament versus South Africa, at Kennington Oval, London on May 30. And India will open their account versus South Africa as well on June 5 at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

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