ICC World Cup 2019: Decoding the favorites

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10 Jan 2019

Who can win the ICC World Cup in 2019?

The next two months will be crucial for cricketing nations as they gear up for the ICC World Cup 2019, starting May 30 onwards in England and Wales.

Ten nations are set to take part in the World Cup and they will be looking to come out on top.

We have selected three teams which are likely to win the coveted tourney.

Consistency key for teams going into the World Cup

Australia will go into the World Cup as the defending champions. The World Cup will see all 10 teams playing against each other. The top four teams will qualify for the semis. Sides that can maintain the consistency could end up doing well.

England

England can go big at home

England can go big at home

Since 2016, England have been the in-form team in ODIs.

They dominated the circuit in 2018.

England overcame top sides to gain authority in this format.

Eoin Morgan's side has all the resources to do well at home.

They have depth in every department and the attributes of all-rounders could prove to be crucial.

England have a winning mentality and they can go big.

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England could fly with these strong names

The opening combination of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy could wreck havoc. Their understanding is key. Morgan and Joe Root bring the stability to bat long. All-rounders Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali are match-winners. Spinner Adil Rashid could further aid England.

India

India are one of the favorites

India have played some extraordinary brand of ODI cricket and the spirit will help them to give oppositions a run for their money.

The Indian team has solved the issue with number four position in batting.

India have one of the best overall units in all three departments.

The combination looks settled at the moment.

Under Virat Kohli's captaincy, India could breathe easy.

Key players: Kohli leads the show

India's batting trio of Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were among the runs in 2018. Their experience could be pivotal in handing India the starts. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah's variations would count. Mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be a key factor.

New Zealand

Kiwis can gain maximum flight in England

Kiwis can gain maximum flight in England

New Zealand have plenty of class and calmness in their set-up.

The side is balanced and Kane Williamson has done a great job as a skipper.

They are a team that can post big totals at ease given their quality line-up.

New Zealand's recent run of games make them look dangerous as an unit.

The mix of experience and youth would be a blessing.

Williamson's side has plenty of performers

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are star names at the top. Williamson can hold the innings. Ross Taylor is in prime form. James Neesham and Henry Nicholls are class finishers. Trent Boult and Tim Southee can cause serious issues with their pace and variations.

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When is the ICC World Cup set to start?

Which team goes in as the defending champions?

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When is the ICC World Cup set to start?

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The ICC World Cup is set to start on May 30, 2019.

Which team goes in as the defending champions?

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Australia go in as the defending champions. They won the tourney in 2015.

Which three teams are the favorites to win the tourney?

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England, India and New Zealand are the favorites to win the tourney.

Which team is ranked as the top team in ODIs at the moment?

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England are ranked number one in the ODI Rankings.

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