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Betting tips, predictions, outright winner odds and much more on this fifty-over marquee tournament, starting from May 30 till July 14.

World Cup

The twelfth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be played from 30th May to 14th July 2019 and it is the fifth time that the tournament will be held in England and Wales. There will only be ten participants this time with West Indies and Afghanistan joining the top eight ranked ODI teams via the World Cup Qualifier that was held in March 2018. It means that this will be the first World Cup to not feature any Associate members. The tournament will be played across 11 different venues with the final scheduled to be played at the Lord's in London.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Format

The group stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will see a single group of ten teams, with each team playing the other nine teams in a round-robin format. The top four teams at the end of the group stage will advance to the knockout stage comprising of two semi-finals and a final. The winner from each semi-final will then battle it out for the coveted trophy in the final.

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CWC 2019 Latest News and Updates

Matthew Wade to Replace Injured Usman Khawaja in Australia World Cup Squad (10-July-2019)

Left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup due to the hamstring injury he had picked up during Australia's final league match against South Africa. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has been called up as Khawaja's replacement in the squad.

Shaun Marsh Out of CWC 2019 through Injury (05-July-2019)

Australia batsman Shaun Marsh has been ruled out of the remainder of the Cricket World Cup 2019 with a fractured forearm. He sustained the injury after being struck on his right forearm by a Pat Cummins delivery while practicing in the nets on the eve of their final league game against South Africa. The Australia team has announced wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb as a replacement for Marsh in their squad.

Vijay Shankar's World Cup Campaign Ends Due to Injury (01-July-2019)

India all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a toe injury that kept him out of action against England. Ignoring Ambati Rayudu, the team management has announced uncapped batsman Mayank Agarwal as Shankar's replacement.

Nuwan Pradeep Ruled Out of CWC 2019 with Chickenpox (01-July-2019)

Sri Lanka pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and has been sent back home due to Chickenpox. Kasun Rajitha has been called up as a like-for-like replacement for Pradeep. He last played a one-day international earlier this year in March against South Africa.

Sayed Ahmad Shirzad Replaces Aftab Alam in Afghanistan World Cup Squad(27-June-2019)

The Afghanistan Cricket Board has removed pace bowler Aftab Alam from the team's CWC 2019 squad due to his breach of the ICC's disciplinary code of conduct. Left-arm seamer Sayed Ahmad Shirzad has been named as Alam's replacement for the remainder of the tournament.

Sunil Ambris Replaces Andre Russell in WI CWC Squad (26-June-2019)

Andre Russell has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a knee injury that had troubled him throughout the tournament. The West Indian all-rounder has been replaced in the 15-man squad by batsman Sunil Ambris who has represented his country in six one-day internationals, scoring 316 runs at an average of 105.33. Ambris is set to link up with the team ahead of their must-win tie against India on June 27.

Injured Shikhar Dhawan Ruled Out of Cricket World Cup 2019 (19-June-2019)

The Indian team has been dealt a huge blow as opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a fractured left thumb. Dhawan, who sustained the injury while batting during the game against Australia, had been under observation for more than a week. The Indian team management has requested the ICC for Rishabh Pant as a replacement for Dhawan in the squad.

Injured Shikhar Dhawan to Miss Three World Cup Matches (12-June-2019)

India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury in the game against Australia last Sunday and his participation in the remainder of the World Cup is in doubt. Dhawan was struck on the thumb by a rising Pat Cummins delivery and was later sent for scans which revealed a hairline fracture. He is currently under the observation of the team management and is set to miss India's next three matches - against New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rishabh Pant has been called in as cover for Dhawan.

World Cup 2019 Teams Betting Tips & Odds

 

England Team Preview

England Team News

England will be captained by Eoin Morgan in the forthcoming World Cup and players like Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid make the hosts one of the strongest contenders for the title. Morgan, meanwhile, sustained a finger injury during a training session ahead of the first warm-up game against Australia. But the skipper is expected to fully recover in time for the tournament opener against South Africa. Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan were left out of the preliminary 15-man CWC19 squad but the former has been drafted into the team’s final World Cup squad at the expense of left-arm pacer David Willey. Joe Denly, who was picked in the squad earlier, failed to impress the selectors and he has made way for all-rounder Liam Dawson.

England in World Cups

They are three-time finalists of the 50-over World Cup but are yet to win their first title. The last time they made an appearance in the final of the tournament was in the 1992 edition when they lost to Pakistan at the MCG in Australia. They had a forgetful 2015 World Cup where they failed to even make it past the pool stage with four defeats in six matches.

England Recent Form in ODIs

England have been showing impressive form in this format of late having won eight of their last ten ODI series. Post the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, they have lost only to Scotland in a one-off match and the West Indies in a five-match series which finished in a 2-2 draw. England defeated Ireland convincingly earlier this month before blowing away Pakistan 5-0 at home in their most recent ODI series.

England Key Players

Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow form an integral part of England’s batting while Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid will be the main threats in this bowling group.

England World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

England are the bookmakers' favorites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They are currently being offered at odds of 2.60 on Betrally and 2.80 on Betway and Bet365.

England Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Eoin Morgan(C) Ben Stokes Jonny Bairstow Liam Plunkett
Joe Root Moeen Ali Jos Buttler Mark Wood
Jason Roy Liam Dawson   Adil Rashid
James Vince Chris Woakes    
  Tom Curran    
  Jofra Archer    

India Team Preview

India Team News

The two-time champions have included Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar in their 15-man World Cup squad but the Virat Kohli-led team has no room for Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu. Shankar sustained a blow to his forearm during a training session ahead of the warm-up match against New Zealand. However, no major injury has been reported and the all-rounder is expected to be fit for India’s campaign opener against South Africa. The number four spot in India's batting line-up had been up for grabs for quite some time but the issue has finally been put to rest with Shankar confirmed for that position. Lokesh Rahul will serve as a reserve opener while Dinesh Karthik has been selected as a back-up wicket-keeper for MS Dhoni. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup for three weeks due to a thumb injury. Though the Indian team management is yet to decide on his replacement, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer seem to be the most likely candidates to replace him in the squad.

Jasprit Bumrah will be spearheading India's pace attack which also includes Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Ravindra Jadeja will serve as the third spin option with spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal being the first-choice spinners. All-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who was ruled out of the IPL midway through the tournament with a shoulder injury, has regained complete fitness and is declared fit for the World Cup. This means that India’s final CWC19 squad remains unchanged.

India in World Cups

India have won the tournament twice - first in 1983 beating the West Indies in the final at Lord's and then 28 years later in 2011 when they beat Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. They have also had successful campaigns in the 2003 and 2015 editions. In 2003, they went on to reach the final but faced a heavy defeat against Australia at the Wanderers. Last term, they topped their group and won seven matches on the trot before going down to the same opponent in the semi-final.

India Recent Form in ODIs

India have enjoyed plenty of success in the fifty-over format over the last three years. They have won 10 of their last 12 ODI series including the Asia Cup held last year in the United Arab Emirates. However, they were beaten 2-3 at home by Australia in their previous series in the month of March.

India Key Players

India's batting strength relies mainly on Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal form a potent bowling attack.

India World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

India are being offered at odds of 4.33 on Betway, 4 on Bet365 and 4.30 on Betrally to win the ICC World Cup 2019.

India Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Rohit Sharma Kedar Jadhav Lokesh Rahul Kuldeep Yadav
Virat Kohli (C) Hardik Pandya Dinesh Karthik Mohammed Shami
Mayank Agarwal Ravindra Jadeja MS Dhoni Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    Rishabh Pant Yuzvendra Chahal
      Jasprit Bumrah

 

Australia Team Preview

Australia Team News

David Warner and Steve Smith, who finished serving their year-long bans last month, have returned to the Australian national team for this upcoming quadrennial showpiece event. With Warner back in the set-up, Australia will now have to reconsider their opening positions that are currently held by Usman Khawaja and captain Aaron Finch. Shaun Marsh's impressive recent form has earned him a place in the preliminary 15-man squad while Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazlewood are the two notable omissions.

Meanwhile, Jhye Richardson has been removed from Australia’s CWC19 squad after failing to recover from the shoulder injury he had sustained during the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE. The Australian selectors have called up Kane Richardson as a like-for-like replacement and he will be joining Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc to form the team’s five-man pace attack. Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa are the two specialist spinners in the squad. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis along with Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh will constitute Australia's middle order.

Australia in World Cups

They are the most successful team in the tournament with five title triumphs. They beat New Zealand in the final of the previous World Cup at the MCG and so they will enter the 2019 edition as defending champions. They finished second in their group with four wins and a solitary loss from six matches before going on to clinch the trophy for the fifth time. The Aussies have finished runners-up on two occasions - in 1975 and 1996 when they lost to the West Indies and Sri Lanka in the respective finals.

Australia Recent Form in ODIs

After losing six bilateral ODI series on the bounce, Australia have started to return to their winning ways with wins in their last two series. They carried out a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan in their previous series in the UAE. Prior to that, they defeated India 3-2 in their own backyard.

Australia Key Players

David Warner and Steven Smith have finished serving their one-year bans from international cricket and the duo along with Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh will be the key figures in this Australian batting line-up. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile will be threatening with the ball in English conditions.

Australia World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

Betway and Bet365 are both offering odds of 4.50 on Australia to win the ICC World Cup 2019 while Betrally is offering 4.30.

Australia Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Aaron Finch(C) Glenn Maxwell Alex Carey Kane Richardson
David Warner Marcus Stoinis Peter Handscomb Nathan Coulter-Nile
Steven Smith   Matthew Wade Jason Behrendorff
      Nathan Lyon
      Pat Cummins
      Mitchell Starc
      Adam Zampa

 

Pakistan Team Preview

Pakistan Team News

Mohammad Amir, who was left out of the team’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad due to poor form and illness, has now been picked in the final squad after regaining complete fitness. While Amir has replaced left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz has been included at the expense of all-rounder Faheem Ashraf. Mohammad Hasnain, who caught the attention of the selectors in this year's PSL, has been preferred over Usman Khan. He will be joining Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali to form the team's pace attack. Mohammad Rizwan is another notable omission from the squad.

Pakistan had earlier included young batsman Abid Ali, who holds the record for the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman on debut, but he has now been replaced by middle-order batsman Asif Ali. Ali is currently in the USA to attend his daughter’s funeral and there is no official confirmation yet on when he will be rejoining the team. Mohammad Hafeez has recovered from his finger injury and will take part in the tournament. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed together with Haris Sohail and Shoaib Malik make up the team's middle-order batting while Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan have filled up the all-rounder slots. Shadab had earlier been ruled out of the England tour after contracting an infection, making him doubtful for the World Cup, but Pakistan will be relieved to see the full recovery of their premier spinner.

Pakistan in World Cups

They too are one of the former champions, having won the tournament back in 1992 when they pipped England in the final at the MCG in Australia. They also had a successful run in the 1999 edition where they went all the way to reach the finals at Lord's. Unfortunately, they suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia to finish runners-up. In the previous World Cup, Pakistan went into the quarter-finals having won four of their six group matches, only to get knocked out with a six-wicket loss to Australia.

Pakistan Recent Form in ODIs

Pakistan failed to reach the finals of the Asia Cup last year. They have since played four bilateral ODI series - against New Zealand (in the UAE), South Africa (in South Africa), Australia (in the UAE) and England (in England). While they managed a 1-1 draw against the Kiwis, they suffered a 2-3 defeat against the Proteas before being swept 0-5 by the Aussies and 0-4 by England.

Pakistan Key Players

Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik, who is set to retire from ODI cricket after the 2019 World Cup, will be the key men for Pakistan with the bat. Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are the main weapons in the team's bowling arsenal.

Pakistan World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

Pakistan are currently being offered at odds of 21 on Betway, Bet365 and Betrally to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pakistan Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Fakhar Zaman Shoaib Malik Sarfaraz Ahmed(C) Shaheen Afridi
Babar Azam Haris Sohail   Wahab Riaz
Imam-ul-Haq Mohammad Hafeez   Hasan Ali
Asif Ali Shadab Khan   Mohammad Hasnain
  Imad Wasim   Mohammad Amir
       

 

Afghanistan Team Preview

Afghanistan Team News

The inclusion of former captain Asghar Afghan and pace bowler Hamid Hassan were the main headlines as Afghanistan revealed their 15-man CWC 2019 squad. Asghar will be one of the key batsmen in the middle-order along with Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah and skipper Gulbadin Naib. Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran are the two openers in the side. Meanwhile, Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup after aggravating his knee injury he had picked up during the warm-up match against Pakistan. He has been replaced in the squad by wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil.

Afghanistan's pace bowling group comprises Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan who has been preferred over an out-of-touch Shapoor Zadran. Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman are the team’s primary spinners while Rahmat Shah and Samiullah Shinwari will serve as part-time spin options. Javed Ahmadi and left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan are among the notable exclusions.

Afghanistan in World Cups

Afghanistan became an ICC member only after the 2003 World Cup and they failed to qualify for the 2007 and 2011 editions. They finally made their first World Cup appearance in 2015 where they had to bow out at the end of the group stage after losing five of their six group games. Their only win in that tournament was a narrow one-wicket victory that came against Scotland at Dunedin.

Afghanistan Recent Form in ODIs

Afghanistan have been making rapid strides in the white-ball format. After handing Zimbabwe a 4-1 thrashing in the UAE in February last year, they won the ICC World Cup Qualifier held in Zimbabwe the following month before beating Ireland 2-1 in Ireland. They exceeded expectations in the Asia Cup, winning both their group-stage encounters and giving Pakistan, Bangladesh and India a good run for their money in the Super Four round. Afghanistan then  played a five-match series against Ireland in India which ended in a 2-2 draw. They beat Scotland 1-0 in a two-match series at Edinburgh earlier in the month before drawing 1-1 with Ireland at Belfast.

Afghanistan Key Players

Afghanistan’s batting will depend primarily on the likes of Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan while the spin troika of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi will hold the key to their bowling.

Afghanistan World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

Afghanistan are huge underdogs amongst the bookmakers to win the World Cup. They are being offered at odds of 201 on Betrally and 101 on Betway and Bet365.

Afghanistan Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Noor Ali Zadran Rahmat Shah Ikram Ali Khil Rashid Khan
Asghar Afghan Gulbadin Naib(C)   Sayed Ahmad Shirzad
Najibullah Zadran Samiullah Shenwari   Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Hazratullah Zazai Mohammad Nabi   Dawlat Zadran
Hashmatullah Shahidi     Hamid Hassan

 

South Africa Team Preview

South Africa Team News

South Africa had included paceman Anrich Nortje in their 15-man squad for the upcoming CWC19 while leaving out batsman Reeza Hendricks and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder. However, Nortje has been ruled out of the tournament with a hand injury and he has been replaced in the squad by all-rounder Chris Morris. Aiden Markram has been picked over Hendricks owing to his impressive form in the domestic one-day tournament and he will accompanied by Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. The Proteas have just the one specialist wicket-keeper in their squad in form of Quinton de Kock while Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller serve as the back-up wicket-keeping options.

Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada make for a formidable pace attack. While Rabada and Ngidi have made full recoveries from their respective injuries, Steyn has failed to recover from his shoulder injury and has therefore been ruled out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks is set to replace Steyn in the squad. Tabraiz Shamsi and Imran Tahir are the two frontline spinners with JP Duminy being the part-timer. Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo are the two all-rounders in this South African squad. JP Duminy and Imran Tahir are set to retire from ODIs after the conclusion of the World Cup while Dale Steyn will step down from white-ball cricket.

South Africa in World Cups

South Africa, despite being one of the most dangerous ODI teams in the world, have never won the World Cup. Leave alone winning, they are yet to make their first appearance in the final. They, however, have a pretty good record in the tournament; they have featured in seven World Cups so far and have reached the semi-finals on four occasions. The Proteas finished second in their group last term with four wins from six matches. They thrashed Sri Lanka in the quarter-final but could not overcome New Zealand in the semi-final.

South Africa Recent Form in ODIs

South Africa have been showing impressive form in the fifty-over format. After the conclusion of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, the Proteas have played seven bilateral ODI series till date and have won six of those (the last five on the trot). Their most recent ODI assignment came against Sri Lanka at home this year in March and they won all the five fixtures of that series.

South Africa Key Players

Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy form the pillars of this South African batting line-up. Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir will be the main threats with the ball in England.

South Africa World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

South Africa are currently priced at 11 on Betrally and 13 on Betway and Bet365 to win the ICC World Cup 2019.

South Africa Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Faf du Plessis(C) Jean-Paul Duminy Quinton de Kock Kagiso Rabada
Aiden Markram Andile Phehlukwayo   Lungi Ngidi
David Miller Dwaine Pretorius   Imran Tahir
Hashim Amla Chris Morris   Beuran Hendricks
Rassie van der Dussen     Tabraiz Shamsi
       

 

Sri Lanka Team Preview

Sri Lanka Team News

Sri Lanka have appointed Dimuth Karunaratne as their captain for the 2019 World Cup. His inclusion means that the team will be having a new opening combination with the skipper partnering with either Lahiru Thirimanne or Avishka Fernando. The latter picked up an ankle injury while fielding in the warm-up game against South Africa and had to be stretchered off the field. However, scans have revealed no serious injury. Angelo Mathews, the former captain, has returned after having recovered from his hamstring injury. Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella have been ignored due to their recent batting struggles with the latter passing on the wicket-keeping duties to Kusal Perera who has recuperated from his hamstring injury.

Sri Lanka's pace attack is formed by Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep and veteran Lasith Malinga who will probably be playing his last World Cup. Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana are the two pace-bowling all-rounders while Milinda Siriwardana and Jeevan Mendis are the two spin-bowling all-rounders. Sri Lanka have, surprisingly, preferred leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay over Akila Dananjaya. Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga and Kasun Rajitha have been named as standbys.

Sri Lanka in World Cups

The 1996 edition is Sri Lanka's most memorable World Cup as they went all the way to clinch the title, beating Australia by seven wickets in the final at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. In addition to winning the tournament once, they are also two-time runners-up having made back-to-back appearances in the final in 2007 and then in 2011. Last time, the Lankans made it through to the knockout round quite comfortably after winning four of their six group encounters. However, a humiliating nine-wicket loss to South Africa in the quarter-final resulted in their elimination.

Sri Lanka Recent Form in ODIs

Sri Lanka have only two wins in their last twelve ODI series (excluding the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2018 Asia Cup). They won the tri-series involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe last year in January after defeating the former in the final. They had a disappointing Asia Cup in the UAE where they lost their first two fixtures to be ousted from the competition during the group stage. The Lankans have since lost to England at home before suffering clean sweeps against New Zealand and South Africa respectively. However, they beat Scotland 1-0 in their most recent ODI assignment.

Sri Lanka Key Players

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews are currently the most reliable figures in this Sri Lankan batting group. When it comes to bowling, there will be huge expectations on Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva and veteran Lasith Malinga.

Sri Lanka World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

The odds for Sri Lanka to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 currently stand at 67 on Bet365 and 101 on Betway and Betrally.

Sri Lanka Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Dimuth Karunaratne(C) Angelo Mathews Kusal Perera Jeffrey Vandersay
Lahiru Thirimanne Isuru Udana Kusal Mendis Suranga Lakmal
Avishka Fernando Thisara Perera   Lasith Malinga
  Dhananjaya de Silva   Kasun Rajitha
  Milinda Siriwardana    
  Jeevan Mendis    

 

New Zealand Team Preview

New Zealand Team News

New Zealand have picked plenty of experienced campaigners in their 15-man World Cup squad with Tom Blundell being the only surprise inclusion. He will be serving as a back-up option for first- choice wicket-keeper Tom Latham whose availability for the two warm-up matches and the campaign opener against Sri Lanka is under a cloud due to a finger fracture. If Latham is declared unfit for the opening game on June 1, he will be replaced by Blundell who will then become only the second New Zealander to make an ODI debut at the World Cup. Wicket-keepers Tim Seifert and test specialist BJ Watling have both been placed on standbys.

New Zealand are likely to open their batting with Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls who has displaced Colin Munro from the opening position. Munro, however, has been included in the squad as a reserve batsman. Ross Taylor and captain Kane Williamson complete a formidable Kiwi batting line-up. Tim Southee and Trent Boult will be spearheading the team's pace attack that also has Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson. Mitchell Santner is the primary spinner in the side while Ish Sodhi has been preferred over Todd Astle as the second spinner. Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham are the two all-round options.

New Zealand in World Cups

New Zealand, like England and South Africa, are yet to win a World Cup title and they will be looking to break their duck this time around. In the previous edition, the Kiwis topped their group after winning all of their six matches. They then defeated the West Indies and South Africa in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively to seal the final clash against Australia which they ended up losing to finish runners-up in the tournament.

New Zealand Recent Form in ODIs

New Zealand have been faring pretty well in ODIs of late - they have won four, lost two and drawn one of their last seven series. Their previous three series have all come at home; they first whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in January, then received a 1-4 hammering from India before sweeping Bangladesh 3-0 in February.

New Zealand Key Players

Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham will be the key men for the Black Caps with the bat while Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner will be their main weapons with the ball.

New Zealand World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

New Zealand are 11 with Betway and 10 with Bet365 and Betrally to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

New Zealand Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Kane Williamson(C) Colin Munro Tom Blundell Lockie Ferguson
Martin Guptill Colin de Grandhomme Tom Latham Matt Henry
Ross Taylor James Neesham Henry Nicholls Trent Boult
  Mitchell Santner   Ish Sodhi
      Tim Southee

 

Bangladesh Team Preview

Bangladesh Team News

Mashrafe Mortaza will be leading Bangladesh in this showpiece event. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has returned and has been named Mortaza's deputy. Tamim Iqbal is a guaranteed starter at the top of the batting order and he could be partnered by Liton Das who has been selected ahead of Imrul Kayes. Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar will be batting in the middle-order that has not been tweaked much by the Bangladeshi selectors. Left-handed batsman Mominul Haque has been left out of the 15-man squad while Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mohammad Mithun have all earned their maiden World Cup call-ups. Saifuddin had picked up a back injury in the recent ODI tri-series in Ireland which put his World Cup chances at risk, but the all-rounder now seems to have fully recovered.

Off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain is a surprise inclusion while test specialist Abu Jayed has been picked ahead of Taskin Ahmed who is currently recovering from an injury. The selectors, however, have made it clear that Taskin will replace Jayed in the final CWC19 squad if he is deemed fully fit by May 23. Apart from Jayed, Bangladesh's pace bowling group comprises Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

Bangladesh in World Cups

Bangladesh have never won the World Cup nor have they ever made it to the final of the tournament. They managed to reach the Super Eights round in 2007 and the Quarter-finals last time in 2015 and these have been their best World Cup performances till date. In the previous edition, they finished fourth in their pool with three wins and two losses from six matches. They met India in the quarter-final and were knocked out with a heavy 109-run defeat.

Bangladesh Recent Form in ODIs

After defeating the West Indies 2-1 in their own backyard, Bangladesh had a pretty successful Asia Cup campaign in the UAE where they managed to give India a massive scare in the final. Post that tournament, they have beaten Zimbabwe 3-0 and West Indies 2-1 in back-to-back home series last year in October and December respectively. Earlier this year in February, Bangladesh received a 0-3 drubbing in New Zealand at the hands of the hosts. However, they emerged victorious in the recent tri-series involving the West Indies and Ireland, winning all their matches including the final against the Windies.

Bangladesh Key Players

While Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun form the nucleus of Bangladesh's batting, Mustafizur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehidy Hasan are the key figures in the bowling department. Shakib Al Hasan is the x-factor in this side and the one to watch out for with both bat and ball.

Bangladesh World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

Bangladesh are a whopping 81 with Bet365 and 101 with Betway and Betrally to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Bangladesh Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Tamim Iqbal Mahmudullah Liton Das Rubel Hossain
Sabbir Rahman Mosaddek Hossain Mohammad Mithun Mustafizur Rahman
Soumya Sarkar Mehidy Hasan Mushfiqur Rahim  
  Abu Jayed    
  Shakib Al Hasan    
  Mohammad Saifuddin    
  Mashrafe Mortaza(C)    

 

West Indies Team Preview

West Indies Team News

The inclusion of Andre Russell was the big news when West Indies announced their 15-man CWC19 preliminary squad. Russell's swashbuckling form in the IPL earned him a spot in the squad ahead of fellow all-rounder Kieron Pollard. Chris Gayle, who is set to retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup, has been appointed vice-captain of the team. The explosive batsman will probably open the batting together with Evin Lewis while Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Shai Hope constitute the middle-order. Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope are the two specialist wicket-keepers in the squad.

Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and skipper Jason Holder make up the team's fast-bowling contingent. Fabian Allen brings variety to the spin department that has Ashley Nurse as the primary spinner. The likes of Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder and Fabian Allen all possess all-round abilities. Among the notable omissions are Devendra Bishoo, John Campbell, Sunil Narine who is nursing a finger injury and Alzarri Joseph who recently injured his shoulder in the IPL. Dwayne Bravo, who had announced his retirement from international cricket last year, has been named in the reserves list. West Indies have also picked Kieron Pollard along with Raymon Reifer, Sunil Ambris, Khary Pierre, Keemo Paul, Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase, John Campbell and Jonathan Carter as reserves.

West Indies in World Cups

They are two-time World champions having won the first two editions of the tournament - in 1975 when they beat Australia in the final and then in 1979 when they beat England in the final. They came very close to winning their third consecutive title in 1983, losing the final against India at Lord's to finish runners-up. Last time, the Windies had barely managed to make it through to the knockout round. With three wins and as many defeats from six group games, they ended up fourth in their pool overhauling Ireland on account of better net run-rate. Their campaign came to an end when they suffered a crushing 143-run defeat against New Zealand in the quarter-final.

West Indies Recent Form in ODIs

West Indies have not won an ODI series/tournament since 2015 which is a clear indicator of how badly they have struggled in the fifty-over format over the past 3-4 years. The last time they won an ODI series was in 2014 when they whitewashed Bangladesh 3-0 at home. After losing to Afghanistan in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifier last year, the Windies lost their next three ODI series before drawing 2-2 with England at home. Their most recent ODI assignment came in Ireland – a tri-series involving the hosts and Bangladesh. They won both their fixtures against Ireland but lost to Bangladesh on all the three occasions including the final.

West Indies Key Players

Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer along with power-hitters Chris Gayle and Andre Russell will be the biggest hopes for the West Indies with the bat while Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder will be their best bets with the ball.

West Indies World Cup 2019 Betting Odds

West Indies are currently priced at 13 on Betway, 15 on Bet365 and 14 on Betrally to win the ICC World Cup 2019.

West Indies Squad World Cup 2019

BATSMEN ALL ROUNDER WICKET KEEPER BOWLER
Chris Gayle Jason Holder(C) Nicholas Pooran Kemar Roach
Darren Bravo Fabian Allen Shai Hope Shannon Gabriel
Evin Lewis Carlos Brathwaite   Oshane Thomas
Shimron Hetmyer     Sheldon Cottrell
Sunil Ambris     Ashley Nurse
       

 

World Cup 2019 Schedule

Date Match Details Time
May 30, Thu

England vs South Africa, Match 1

Kennington Oval, London

3:00 PM
09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
May 31, Fri

Windies vs Pakistan, Match 2

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 01, Sat

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Match 3

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 01, Sat

Afghanistan vs Australia, Match 4

County Ground, Bristol

6:00 PM

12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL

Jun 02, Sun

South Africa vs Bangladesh, Match 5

Kennington Oval, London

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 03, Mon

England vs Pakistan, Match 6

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 04, Tue

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 7

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 05, Wed

South Africa vs India, Match 8

The Rose Bowl, Southampton

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 05, Wed

Bangladesh vs New Zealand, Match 9

Kennington Oval, London

6:00 PM

12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL

Jun 06, Thu

Australia vs Windies, Match 10

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 07, Fri

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 11

County Ground, Bristol

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 08, Sat

England vs Bangladesh, Match 12

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 08, Sat

Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Match 13

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

6:00 PM

12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL

Jun 09, Sun

India vs Australia, Match 14

Kennington Oval, London

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 10, Mon

South Africa vs Windies, Match 15

The Rose Bowl, Southampton

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 11, Tue

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Match 16

County Ground, Bristol

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 12, Wed

Australia vs Pakistan, Match 17

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 13, Thu

India vs New Zealand, Match 18

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 14, Fri

England vs Windies, Match 19

The Rose Bowl, Southampton

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 15, Sat

Sri Lanka vs Australia, Match 20

Kennington Oval, London

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 15, Sat

South Africa vs Afghanistan, Match 21

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

6:00 PM

12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL

Jun 16, Sun

India vs Pakistan, Match 22

Old Trafford, Manchester

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 17, Mon

Windies vs Bangladesh, Match 23

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 18, Tue

England vs Afghanistan, Match 24

Old Trafford, Manchester

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 19, Wed

New Zealand vs South Africa, Match 25

Edgbaston, Birmingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 20, Thu

Australia vs Bangladesh, Match 26

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 21, Fri

England vs Sri Lanka, Match 27

Headingley, Leeds

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 22, Sat

India vs Afghanistan, Match 28

The Rose Bowl, Southampton

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 22, Sat

Windies vs New Zealand, Match 29

Old Trafford, Manchester

6:00 PM

12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL

Jun 23, Sun

Pakistan vs South Africa, Match 30

Lord's, London

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 24, Mon

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Match 31

The Rose Bowl, Southampton

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 25, Tue

England vs Australia, Match 32

Lord's, London

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 26, Wed

New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 33

Edgbaston, Birmingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 27, Thu

Windies vs India, Match 34

Old Trafford, Manchester

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 28, Fri

Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Match 35

Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 29, Sat

Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Match 36

Headingley, Leeds

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jun 29, Sat

New Zealand vs Australia, Match 37

Lord's, London

6:00 PM

12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL

Jun 30, Sun

England vs India, Match 38

Edgbaston, Birmingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 01, Mon

Sri Lanka vs Windies, Match 39

Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 02, Tue

Bangladesh vs India, Match 40

Edgbaston, Birmingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 03, Wed

England vs New Zealand, Match 41

Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 04, Thu

Afghanistan vs Windies, Match 42

Headingley, Leeds

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 05, Fri

Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Match 43

Lord's, London

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 06, Sat

Sri Lanka vs India, Match 44

Headingley, Leeds

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 06, Sat

Australia vs South Africa, Match 45

Old Trafford, Manchester

6:00 PM

12:30 PM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL

Jul 09, Tue

TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi-Final (1 v 4)

Old Trafford, Manchester

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 11, Thu

TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3)

Edgbaston, Birmingham

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Jul 14, Sun

TBC vs TBC, Final

Lord's, London

3:00 PM

09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL

Our Prediction: Who Will Win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are not expected to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. Afghanistan still need plenty of exposure to start challenging the top- ranked ODI teams and while their bowling seems strong enough, they need to improve a lot on the batting front. Bangladesh may have a good odd day and could cause an upset or two, but given the round-robin format of the game, it won't be easy for them to make it to the knockout stage. Sri Lanka and West Indies are clearly struggling to perform in ODIs and they have a whole bunch of issues to sort out ahead of this World Cup.

New Zealand and Pakistan are likely to fare better but we don't see them breaking into the top four. The Kiwis do have an impressive bowling attack but their batting is what that has been letting them down in recent times. The same can be said for Pakistan. They have the arsenal to take down any side in the world but they lack one important element to success – consistency.

This leaves us with South Africa, Australia, India and hosts England who we feel will be advancing to the semis. Australia will go in as defending champions and their batting looks strong once again with Warner and Smith back in the side. South Africa have all their bases covered when it comes to bowling but their batting seems to be an area of weakness, especially with Hashim Amla not being able to find form. Plus, their ability to tackle quality spin is also questionable.

India, of all the teams, have had the best success rate in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup and are second-favorites to win the tournament. Their bowlers, be it pacers or spinners, rank among the best in the world. However, the heavy reliance on their top three batsmen in Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli is one major issue with this side. Negotiating the new-ball swing early on in these conditions will be a challenge for the Indian batsmen and the team will find themselves in trouble each time they lose their top three cheaply.

England are currently the best ODI team in the world and they will certainly have the upper hand playing in their own conditions where they have been so hard to beat over the past few years. They have won each of their last seven bilateral ODI series at home and have thrashed teams like Pakistan, West Indies and Australia here in recent times. Apart from their very impressive record at home, they boast a very strong squad with plenty of quality all-rounders. The hosts have a lot of depth in their batting and their bowlers know the right lines and lengths to hit on these English pitches. Despite their three appearances in the final, England have never won the World Cup and we feel they have a great opportunity to win this time around and claim their first-ever title.

World Cup 2019 Winner Prediction

Back England to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at 2.75 with Betrally and 2.87 with Betway and Bet365.