Advantages India to win with style
Disadvantages England are poor
I know who is going to win the Cricket World Cup! A Pakistani cricketer told me it's not going to be them, and then gave me the pre-printed scorecard with all the scores on for the final on April 2nd! Ok, fixing aside we are up and running on the subcontinent and here are my tips!
Australia goes into the World Cup chasing a fourth successive title, an impressive feat, pretty unbeatable at this format, although not everyone's favourites this time, McGrath, Warne and Hayden no longer there to get them out of the proverbial. As for England? Well the last time they did well in the World Cup I was there in Australia in 1992, Gouch's team losing a flat final to Pakistan, my disappointment tempered by the fact I had bet $20 dollars on the Pakistani's at the start of the tournament at 11-1. The mercurial Pakistanis can beat anyone on their day as they have such depth in talent but sadly the bookies run the game there now and so the nation self-ostracised. Although I don't think they will win this one as the world scrutinises every ball they bowl the winner will come from the sub-continent, India and Sri-Lanka favourites to make the final. Its hard to look past those two to be fair as Australia don't have the bowlers for the pitches and nor do South Africa, although New Zealand always do well for some reason in the 50 over, perhaps one-day internationals what they are set up for with their bits n pieces cricketers. If you fancy a real outsider then Bangladesh on their home turf at 50-1 could pull a surprise and make the semi-final. Iqbal is a superb talent and they are improving all the time. The fact India have run up nearly 400 on the opening day against them suggests it will bear risky punt as their bowling is dreadful.-The Odds to Win the Trophy-
South Africa 5/1
New Zealand 16/1
West Indies 16/1
50/1 bar the rest....
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