The count down to the upcoming world cup has allready started with all the participating teams announcing their 15-man squad for the marquee tournament. Cricket experts and pundits allready started the build to the tournament by predicting the winner of the tournament and the majority think that India are England are the firm favourites to lift the cup
Meanwhile, Australia’s assistant coach and former captain Ricky Ponting has now donned the prediction hat and opined that hosts England are the firm favourites to win the marquee event.England recently thrashed Pakistan 4-0 in the ODI series to make a strong statement ahead of the world cup.
Its worth mentioning that India became the first team to win the world cup on its own soil in 2011 and it was followed by Australia who won it in 2015 in Australia.
“Initially, it would be England for two reasons. England have started playing well in limited overs and the tournament will be played on home. Naturally, they will have some home advantage. But they will be challenged by India and Australia,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Times of India.
The veteran of 365 ODIs also mentioned that South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies are also the other strong teams competing for the cup and can upset any top team on their day.