The Cricket World Cup 2019 is still a couple of months away yet we are already pumped up and excited to see who will raise the trophy this time around.

This year’s World Cup is the 12 edition of the Cricket World Cup which is officially called the ICC World Cup. The tournament will run from May 30 to July 14, 2019 and will be hosted by England and Wales.

The cricket format is the One Day Invitational or the ODI while the tournament format is round robin and knockout. There will be a group of 10 teams with each side playing the nine other teams. The top four teams will advance to the semi-finals stage with the winners moving on to face each other in the final.

Australia won the last ICC World Cup in 2015, defeating co-host New Zealand by seven wickets in front of a 93,13 audience at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. An estimated 1.5B people watched the ICC World Cup 2015 on television. The game between India and Pakistan was estimated to have attracted 1B viewers.

After almost a month of group stage competition, here are the latest odds to win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Odds were taken from Bet365 as of 6/27/19:

Country Odds
India +200
Australia +200
England +450
New Zealand +600
Pakistan +900
Bangladesh +5000
Sri Lanka +6600
West Indies +20000

“Cricket" Who Are The Favorites?

India was always considered as the biggest threat to England back when the hosts were the cricket betting favorites to win it all this year. And after five games played, India is the only unbeaten team in the tournament with four games and one NR. The No Result ( NR ) was their June 13 games against New Zealand which was abandoned as play was not possible due to rain.

In their opening match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, India defeated South Africa by six wickets. Then they defeated defending champion Australia by 36 runs and Pakistan by 89 runs ( DLS method ). In their most recent match, India went on to beat Afghanistan by 11 runs. This squad closes out their group stage against the West Indies, England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Defending champions Australia has proven why they are the most successful ODI country and a perennial contender at every Cricket World Cup. The five-time world champions are the first team to advance to the semifinals. The Aussies have won six of their first seven matches with the only blot in their resume that 36 run defeat at the hands of India last June 9th. Otherwise, the Aussies have been impressive.

Australia has defeated Afghanistan, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and most recently, host England. They will finish their group stage campaign against New Zealand and South Africa. With current tournament top scorer David Warner and leading wicket-taker Mitchell Starc on their side, Australia’s title retention bid is off to a great start.

Host England has fallen to third in the latest odds board after losing to Australia by 64 runs last June 25, 2019. The world’s #1 ranked ODI team is currently 4th in the team standings with four wins and three losses. England opened with a big 104 run win over South Africa, was stunned by Pakistan next and then came up with three straight wins over Bangladesh, West Indies, and Afghanistan. However, the hosts are coming off back to back losses to Sri Lanka and Australia. The English end their group stage campaign against India and New Zealand.

New Zealand is 4th in the latest odds board but are 2nd in the current team standings with five wins, one loss and one no-result for a total of 11 points in seven matches played. The Black Caps have defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, South Africa, and the West Indies. Their only loss so far came against Pakistan, by six wickets, in their most recent match last June 26th. New Zealand ends their group stage with big matches against Australia and England.

“Cricket" Who Wins?

In our first preview, we picked India over host England to win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and we’re not changing our tune here. India has been impressive as the only unbeaten team in the tournament. They are the only team to beat defending champions Australia who leads the standings. It was just unfortunate that their showdown with New Zealand didn’t push through because of rain.

As we said before, India has practically covered all bases when they instituted changes in their team after losing the Champions Trophy to Pakistan. With a really solid starting 11, I think India still has what it takes to win it all this year. Prediction: India

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