Ricky Ponting picks his favourites for World Cup 2019

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He additionally spoke extremely about groups like Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. (Photograph by Ryan Pierse/Getty Pictures)

It’s one other 10 days for the ICC World Cup to kick off and all of the 10 taking part groups are busy giving the ultimate touches to their preparations. The consultants are busy predicting the semi-finalists and the possible champions though it is without doubt one of the most troublesome duties underneath the solar. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, too, has given his verdict on the upcoming World Cup, selecting his favourites.

The 44-year-old Ponting, who’s the one different captain to win two consecutive World Cups other than Clive Lloyd, was picked in February because the assistant coach of the Australian staff. The previous cricketer, nonetheless, hasn’t picked his personal nation because the possible champions within the upcoming match. As an alternative, he has backed hosts England who simply thrashed Pakistan Four-Zero in an ODI collection at residence.

England ranked No.1 in ODIs, got here up with a monstrous batting show within the collection in opposition to Pakistan, hitting 350 runs on a median in each sport. The truth that England are additionally taking part in this World Cup at residence makes them much more harmful. The Three Lions have by no means gained the ICC title in 50-overs cricket and completed as finalists thrice in three separate a long time.

England will probably be challenged by India and Australia

“Initially, it could be England for 2 causes. England have began taking part in properly in restricted overs and the match will probably be performed on residence. Naturally, they’ll have some residence benefit. However they are going to be challenged by India and Australia,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Occasions of India.

The previous Australia skipper who was additionally one among their most prolific batsmen, felt the version this 12 months will probably be an open contest since it is going to be performed in a round-robin format with every staff taking part in the opposite earlier than the highest 4 point-earners making the semi-finals.

He additionally spoke extremely about groups like Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa, saying though England are the clear favourites, there are different sturdy groups who could cause upsets as properly.

England will tackle South Africa within the first match of the match on the Oval on Might 30.