Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Tips, Preview and Team by Team Guide

It’s that time again! Four years after Australia won their record fifth title on their home soil, the ICC Cricket World Cup is back and this time is being hosted where it all began, in England and Wales.

This is a Cricket World Cup 2019 preview into the form of all 10 teams, their important players and how we feel they will fare in the tournament. There are also some betting tips and predictions at the end of the article and throughout you’ll find the Cricket World Cup odds for each team to win the tournament.

 

Cricket World Cup Dates:

First game: Thursday 30th May 2019 – England vs South Africa.

Semi-finals: 9th and 11th July 2019.

Final: Sunday 14th July 2019, Lords.

 

Cricket World Cup Team by Team Guide

10 teams will compete in the 2019 Cricket World Cup with matches taking place around England and Wales. England are the favourites in the latest betting odds at 2/1 to win the tournament with holders Australia 4/1. See our team by team guide to the tournament below.

 

England

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 2/1 

Could this finally be England’s year? Coming into the tournament as the number one ranked ODI side in the world and being hosts has made them the favourites to win the competition. England’s best quality is their batting line up. An aggressive top order and the ability to bat all the way down to number 11 means that they have many match winners available at their expense.

The hosts also have strength in their bowling attack. The most exciting prospect for England on this front is fast bowler Jofra Archer, who recently changed his nationality from the West Indies to be able to play in the World Cup.

The key man for England in this tournament is wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler. Ex England captain Nasser Hussain was quoted saying Buttler is in the top four greatest white ball cricketers of all time. If Buttler is in form as well as the other England batsmen, they should go far. The final is the minimum that they should be aiming for, potentially going on to win their first ever World Cup.

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India

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 3/1 

The cricket mad nation of India are approaching the World Cup with much optimism. A squad full of a mix of young stars and experienced veterans will be hoping that they can repeat the success of the 1983 and 2011 World Cups and win their third title. India are very fortunate to have world class batsman Virat Kohli captaining the side.

India will be relying on Kholi to get the runs along with the rest of the top order. Players such as KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will need to score well in what is predicted to be a very high scoring World Cup.

As for bowling options, Jasprit Bumrah will be the main focus of the Indian bowling attack. The right-arm fast bowler will be hoping the English conditions will benefit his bowling so that he can be at the top of his game.

Anything short of reaching the semi final would be seen as a disappointment for India.

 

Australia

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 7/2

Australia have had a eventful last 12 months or so. After being found guilty for ball tampering, the captain at the time Steve Smith and batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for up to a year. Their absence was hard felt last summer when England won 5-0 in the ODI series.

That however is all in the past. With a full strength squad available to them, they are going to cause problems to other sides. Especially their top order. Warner, Finch, Smith and Khawaja are a terrifying prospect to bowl at and teams will do very well to keep them quiet.

The record five time and reigning World Champions will be aiming to win the tournament as they always do, this one especially so as it is in their fierce rivals’ backyard.

 

New Zealand

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 9/1 

New Zealand have been given the ‘dark horse’ tag for the last few World Cups, however they have definitely shaken that off now. With a very strong squad at hand, there will be a bit of pressure on the Kiwi’s to deliver, especially as they finished runners up at the last competition.

If New Zealand want to win, they definitely have the players available to do so. Their bowling attack of Boult, Southee and Santner could take apart any top order on their day and opposition batsmen will be aware of this. Especially with the amount of ball movement that comes with the English conditions.

The key player for New Zealand is captain Kane Williamson. Ranked as the fifth best batsmen in the ODI format, he will need to set an example to his fellow countrymen. Fortunately for Williamson, he is surrounded by world class players. Guptill, Taylor and Nicholls will be able to provide the support with the bat.

New Zealand will be targeting the semi finals as a minimum. A first ICC Cricket World Cup win for them is definitely a possibility.

 

South Africa

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 9/1 

South Africa have a reputation of ‘choking’ in the World Cup that they have never managed to shake off. Getting to the semi finals four times but never progressing to the final. South Africa have a lot of talent in their squad, it just depends on whether they use this talent wisely.

South Africa come into the World Cup in great form. A 5-0 ODI series win against Sri Lanka earlier this year will do well for their confidence, especially as they prepare to play in the opening game against favourites England.

Unfortunately for the Proteas, star batsman AB de Villiers retired from international cricket last year, so will not be taking part in this World Cup. This is a massive blow as with AB in the side, South Africa would be real contenders to win it.

They do stand a chance still. With the bowling variation they have in Rabada, Steyn and Tahir, they can cause problems for any side. This will most likely be Steyn’s last World Cup, meaning he will be more motivated than ever.

Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was in fantastic form in the IPL and he will be the man that captain Faf du Plessis will be banking on to pull out the big innings. If Hashim Amla also finds himself in form, South Africa could put some big scores on the board.

There is a lot of tough competition this year. Another semi final appearance would be a good show for South Africa, however their fans will be hoping for more than that.

 

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Pakistan

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 18/1 

You will never find a set of fans across the world in any sport that are as optimistic as Pakistan cricket fans. They are as optimistic as ever coming into this world cup and have all the reason to be. After winning the Champions Trophy in England in 2017, they will be hoping to win their second ICC tournament in a row.

Although they have this great optimism, Pakistan do come into the world cup straight off the back of a 4-0 ODI series defeat to England. Even though they didn’t win a game, there were a few positives to take. Their young bowlers, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi look an exciting prospect, and with some pre-tournament practice in English conditions, they will be raring to go.

Pakistan’s key player for the tournament is star batsman Babar Azam. Ranked as the number one T20 batsman in the world, Azam looked in great form in the recent ODI series. It is hard to predict how Pakistan will do. They are more than capable to make the semi finals and if they get there, they will back themselves to go all the way.

 

West Indies

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 18/1 

For the first time in their history, the West Indies had to qualify for the 2019 World Cup as they dropped out of the top eight ranked ODI teams. Qualification was relatively straightforward however as they finished top of the group.

A lot has changed in the Caribbean since though. A new influx of young exciting players has swarmed this West Indies side and propelled them forward into a good side. They had a fantastic winter, beating England in the test series and drawing with them in the ODI series (the only ODI series England haven’t won in their last 8).

With this young core they have, they also have some great experience. For instance, look no further than Chris Gayle. The Universe boss had a great IPL season and also played very well in that ODI series against England. With this World Cup being confirmed as his last, he will be desperate to finish in style. With plenty of other big hitters in Hope, Hetmyer and most famously Andre Russell.

The competition comes at a good time for West Indies. Although they did have to qualify, they are playing some fantastic cricket and will back themselves to go far. They are the current reigning world T20 champions so they know how to win a tournament. They may just be this World Cup’s dark horse.

 

Sri Lanka

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 66/1 

There has been a massive task of rebuilding going on with the Sri Lankan cricket team over the last eight years or so. With the superstars of Jayawardene, Dilshan, Sangakkara and Muralitharan all retiring in this period, it has been a tough rebuild.

There are still some members of the old guard kicking about however. Angelo Mathews was in the side that reached the 2011 World Cup final and Sri Lanka will be hoping that he will be able to use this experience to encourage and benefit the rest of the side.

Lasith Malinga is also in the squad. At the age of 35 this will most likely be his last World Cup. The unorthodox fast bowler has been a fantastic servant for his country, with his extraordinary technique, he has been a difficult opponent for any batsman that has faced him. His consistently excellent ‘yorker’ bowling at the death of matches has been vital for Sri Lanka in the white ball format of the game.

Sri Lanka have the potential to throw up one or two surprises, however, they will have to play very well to stand a chance of reaching the semi finals.

 

Afghanistan

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 100/1 

One of the competitions most exciting packages comes in the form of Afghanistan. Having to take the same route as the West Indies in the form of qualifying, Afghanistan had a very successful campaign in which they beat the team from the Caribbean twice. Once in the group stage and then once again in the final of the qualifying stage.

This Afghan team has a great core of exciting young players with the ability to turn any game on its head. 20 year old Rashid Khan is at the forefront of this core. The young leg spinner has had a fantastic couple of years in the IPL really making a name for himself.

Afghanistan definitely have the squad to cause a couple of upsets. Unfortunately they do not quite have enough to reach the latter stages of the competition, but this does not mean that the big sides should get complacent when playing them as this is what Afghanistan will thrive on.

 

Bangladesh

Odds to win the Cricket World Cup – 100/1 

Situated next to Pakistan and India geographically, it is sometimes easy to forget about the massive cricketing nation of Bangladesh. Looking at the bookies odds on how they feel the Tigers will get on at this World Cup, they look great value for money. This is the same side that got to the semi finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy and who knocked England out in the 2015 World Cup.

Batsman Tamim Iqbal’s form is key if Bangladesh are going to go far in this competition. Considered one of the best ODI openers in the world, he will need to set a foundation for the rest of the side to build towards those big totals we are expecting to see in this World Cup.

Their most important and influential player however is Shakib Al Hasan who was just recently named as the number one ranked ODI all-rounder in the world by the ICC. Al Hasan is recognised as one of Bangladesh’s greatest players of all time, and the less experienced players will be looking to him for inspiration.

Bangladesh could upset any side on their day. If they get a few wins under their belt early and get a bit of momentum going, there is no reason why they couldn’t be fighting for a place in the semi’s.

 

Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Tips 

This is a very difficult World Cup to call. I believe that England, India and Australia will all make the semi finals. In which order I am not too sure. It will probably be a four way fight between South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies for that final spot. It pains me to say, but I feel that Australia may just have too much for the rest of the field when it comes to the knockout stage of the tournament. With Below are my final predictions:

 

Cricket World Cup Winner Prediction

Australia – 7/2 with bet365 – click to bet.

 

Semi finalists

England, India, Australia and New Zealand – 3.2/1 with 888Sportclick to bet.

 

Cricket World Cup Highest Run Scorer Betting Tip

Jonny Bairstow (ENG)  – 10/1 with bet365.

 

Highest Wicket Taker Tip

Kagiso Rabada (SA) – 16/1 with bet365.

 

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