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England expected to deliver

England expected to deliver

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Four years on from total humiliation, England head into their home Cricket World Cup in outstanding form and are hotly tipped to finally win the competition.

Masterminded by captain Eoin Morgan and head coach Trevor Bayliss, the Three Lions have gone from being a laughing stock in one-day cricket to the team all the others know they will have to beat to go all the way.

England to win the World Cup @ 19/10

The hosts head the market to lift the trophy and the inclusion of the firepower of fast bowler Jofra Archer to their ranks only serves to add to the impression that now really is the time for England to at last win the 50-over showpiece.

Three final appearances and two trips to the semi-finals came in the opening five World Cups, but seven tournaments have passed unremarkably since then, so England success would seem to be well overdue.

Australia (4/1) have picked up form in recent times and the return of David Warner and Steve Smith gives them a much-needed boost in the batting department.

India (11/4) can never be discounted and they have the usual high level of batting talent, but now have bowling options that mean they are sure to be serious contenders.

As an outside bet, the West Indies at 14/1 are an intriguing proposition, particularly with veteran left-hander Chris Gayle back in the fold for one last time having struck a tournament record 26 sixes four years ago.

India to reach the final @ 6/5

With hosts England odds-on to reach the final there seems little point in tipping them up to do so, as there is very little return to be gained.

India, however, are very slightly odds against at 6/5 and therefore appear to be a better option, with most of their stars in seemingly good nick during the recent Indian Premier League season.

Australia (6/4) can never be discounted simply for the fact that they have made it through to the final in five of the last six renewals, going on to lift the World Cup trophy on four occasions during that time.

Australia to reach the final @ 6/4

Not so long ago the Baggy Greens appeared to be drifting and listless, but they have won their last eight ODIs, with three of those victories coming in India as they recovered from a 2-0 deficit to win a five-match series.

That sort of form cannot be ignored and the Aussies do have a tendency to deliver on the big stage.

The round-robin nature of the tournament means that just one big performance at the semi-final stage could see a surprise finalist and again the West Indies at 9/2 may well be the best option on that front.

David Warner to be top tournament batsman @ 10/1

Moving on to the individual player markets, there is a wealth of talent on offer to be the top batsman in the tournament, with Indian maestro Virat Kohli rightly leading the way at 13/2.

His overall ODI average stands at nearly 60, while his averages in the last four years individually are 92, 76, 133 and 55 – showing he is not only outstanding, but also consistent.

However, his price may be just a little bit too skinny and there are plenty of other batters on offer at longer odds.

Among those, Australian left-hander David Warner will be desperate to impress after his much-publicised time away from the game and he showed at the recent IPL that he still has the ability to dominate any attack on his day.

The only caution in backing Warner is that he struggled for form in three recent warm-up clashes against a New Zealand XI, but you can expect him to step up once the action proper gets under way.

Jason Roy to be top tournament batsman @ 12/1

With the hosts in mind, opener Jason Roy at 12/1 will certainly attract some attention, especially after making 87, 76 and 114 in his three innings in the 4-0 series win over Pakistan.

Those knocks took his average for 2019 in excess of 80, so there can be few batsmen heading into the World Cup in better form.

Turning our attention to potential bowling stars, one player seems to pop out straight away as a man tipped by many to be one of the stars of the tournament.

Jasprit Bumrah to be top tournament bowler @ 14/1

Indian seamer Jasprit Bumrah (14/1) has been a revelation in all formats of the game over the last three and a bit years, with his ODI record reading 85 wickets taken at 22.15 in 49 matches played.

Even more impressive is his economy rate of 4.51, recorded at a time when the bat dominates much of the one-day action.

Bumrah’s pace and bounce can cause even the best batsman problems and he might well make the difference if India go all the way.

Trent Boult to be top tournament bowler @ 20/1

Another paceman to consider is New Zealander Trent Boult, with the left-armer having taken a tournament joint-best 22 wickets in 2015.

Often forgotten about when top bowlers are discussed, Boult averages nearly two wickets a match over the course of the 79 ODIs he has played, and conditions in England should suit his ability to get the white ball to swing.

Just inside Boult in the tournament best bowler odds is Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who at 16/1 certainly demands some attention.

He has snared 125 wickets in 58 one-day internationals at an astonishing average of 15.08 and at an amazing economy rate of 3.91.

The dry conditions in England may well give him plenty of assistance and he will no doubt relish the opportunity to shine on such a major stage.

The action gets under way at The Oval on Thursday, May 30 when England take on South Africa, with the hosts a commanding 20/49 to make a winning start in their bid for glory.

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Gareth Freeman Gareth is our daily tipster, who has years of successful sports betting behind him and is always on hand to offer a value bet. As well as a passion for Football (UK and European), he also has in-depth Tennis, Boxing, Snooker and Basketball knowledge.

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