ICC World Cup 2019
This is the championship of one-day international (ODI) cricket and, until Twenty20 came along, was the dominant form of cricket in terms of spectator appeal.
Australia have been the dominant force in this tournament with five titles, including the memorable run of three titles in a row in 1999, 2003 and 2007 when their team was stacked with all-time greats such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting and the Waugh brothers Steve and Mark.
However, India and England have become dominant forces in both short forms of cricket, and with this year’s tournament played in England and Wales, this may finally be the year England breaks through for a title.
The bookies concur and England will head into the tournament starting in late May as the clear favourites.
One-day cricket: the old faithful
With the explosion of Twenty20 cricket globally in recent years, interest seems to have waned somewhat in the 50-over-a-side game, but this tournament may well spark a resurgence as it returns to England and Wales with the home side in the mix.
ODIs still reign supreme as the best proving ground for potential Test players, with batsman forced to extend their attention spans from T20 and front-line bowlers asked to send down 10 overs rather than the four they bowl in T20.
The influence of T20 can be seen, though, in the massive scores being compiled in some one-day matches. A run a ball for a batsman has become the new normal, with team totals of 300-plus much more common than they were even 10 years ago.
With the small grounds in England and Wales, expect big scores this time around.
Quick guide to the 2019 World Cup in England
Dates: May 30-July 14, 2019
First match: England v South Africa, Thursday, May 30, The Oval, London.
Defending champions: Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the 2015 final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. New Zealand 183 (45 overs), Australia 3-186 (33.1 overs).
The draw: In a departure from previous tournaments, only 10 teams will contest the 2019 World Cup. Each of the 10 teams will play the other nine teams once, for a total of 45 preliminary matches. The top four teams will contest the semi-finals, with the winners of those matches to contest the final at Lord’s on July 14.
Complete draw for 2019 ICC World Cup
May 30: England v South Africa, The Oval, London
May 31: Windies v Pakistan, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 1: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, County Ground Bristol, Bristol (d/n)
June 2: South Africa v Bangladesh, The Oval, London
June 3: England v Pakistan, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 4: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 5: South Africa v India, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 5: Bangladesh v New Zealand, The Oval, London (d/n)
June 6: Australia v Windies, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 7: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, County Ground Bristol, Bristol
June 8: England v Bangladesh, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 8: Afghanistan v New Zealand, County Ground Taunton, Taunton (d/n)
June 9: India v Australia, The Oval, London
June 10: South Africa v Windies, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 11: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, County Ground Bristol, Bristol
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, County Ground Taunton, Taunton
June 13: India v New Zealand, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 14: England v Windies, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval, London
June 15: South Africa v Afghanistan, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff (d/n)
June 16: India v Pakistan, Old Trafford, Manchester
June 17: Windies v Bangladesh, County Ground Taunton, Taunton
June 18: England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, Manchester
June 19: New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 21: England v Sri Lanka, Headingley, Leeds
June 22: India v Afghanistan, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 22: Windies v New Zealand, Old Trafford, Manchester (d/n)
June 23: Pakistan v South Africa, Lord’s, London
June 24: Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 25: England v Australia, Lord’s, London
June 26: New Zealand v Pakistan, Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 27: Windies v India, Old Trafford, Manchester
June 28: Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Riverside, Chester-le-Street
June 29: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Headingley, Leeds
June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord’s, London (d/n)
June 30: England v India, Edgbaston, Birmingham
July 1: Sri Lanka v Windies, The Riverside, Chester-le-Street
July 2: Bangladesh v India, Edgbaston, Birmingham
July 3: England v New Zealand, The Riverside, Chester-le-Street
July 4: Afghanistan v Windies, Headingley, Leeds
July 5: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Lord’s, London (d/n)
July 6: Sri Lanka v India, Headingley, Leeds
July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford, Manchester (d/n)
July 9: First semi-final (1st v 4th), Old Trafford, Manchester
July 11: Second semi-final (2nd v 3rd), Edgbaston, Birmingham
July 14: FINAL, Lord’s, London
Results of past ICC World Cups
|1992||Pakistan||England||Australia, New Zealand|
|1996||Sri Lanka||Australia||Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka|
|2007||Australia||Sri Lanka||West Indies|
|2011||India||Sri Lanka||India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh|
|2015||Australia||New Zealand||Australia, New Zealand|
World 50-over rankings
(As at February 1, 2019)
3 New Zealand
4 South Africa
8 Sri Lanka
9 West Indies
Betting on the 2019 ICC World Cup
Most of the bookies recommended by the World Gambling List are already accepting bets on the overall tournament winner. England are favourites ahead of India, while five-time champions Australia are third in line despite patchy recent form in 50-over cricket. As the tournament approaches far more overall markets will become available, suck as leading run-scorer for each team and overall, leading wicket-taker and many more tournament-long bets. And when the matches start, the sportsbook will offer countless markets on every contest each day.
Who will win the 2019 ICC World Cup?
The World Gambling List’s resident cricket expert runs the rule over the 10 teams and assesses where the value lies.
England (Best finish: runners-up 1979, 1987, 1992): The home team is deservedly at the top of betting. England have plenty of firepower in their batting order with the likes of Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes, along with the class of Joe Root. They also have top-class short-form spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. But they will carry a massive weight of expectation and they appear a little short in the betting for our liking.
WGL says: Big chance but we won’t be jumping on.
India (Best finish: Champions 1983, 2011): The world’s top Test team and also rated in the top couple in both T20 and ODIs. India have already won this title on English soil in 1983 and, as they do wherever they play, will have huge support. They are led by the superstar batsman Virat Kohli, ably supported by the likes of Rohit Sharma. Not to mention they have the world’s No.1 ODI bowler in Jasprit Bumrah, as well as quality all-rounders such as Ravindra Jadeja.
WGL says: Get on and enjoy the ride. A team at the peak of its powers and we think the one to beat.
Australia (Best finish: Champions 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015): It’s hard to argue with five titles. The Australians have been ordinary in this form of the game since their crushing win in the 2015 tournament. They were schooled by England in England last year, but have a habit of striking form at the right time and will likely regain banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner.
WGL says: Not this time, though they go in with little expectation.
South Africa (Best finish: semi-finals 1992, 1999, 2007, 2015): Even without retired great AB De Villers, the South Africans can do some damage through the likes of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock. Their record is poor in the event but the conditions will suit.
WGL says: Could be a crowning achievement for bowling great Dale Steyn and fellow gun paceman Kagiso Rabada. Great chance to make the semis.
New Zealand (Best finish: runners-up 2015): An ultra-competitive outfit with a strong bowling attack and outstanding batsmen such as Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Were impressive in the 2015 edition and have probably improved since.
WGL says: Genuine contenders and may be the best value bet.
Pakistan (Best finish: Champions 1992): Renowned as the hardest team to line up and nothing should change this time. Have become the top T20 side and if they can carry that over into the longer format they have a bolter’s chance. Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali form the backbone of a solid attack.
WGL says: Sure to cause an upset or two, but also likely to be on the wrong end of a loss to one of the minnow nations. Not for mine.
West Indies (Best finish: Champions 1975, 1979): Have enjoyed a real resurgence especially in T20 cricket. They were forced to win through qualifying to make this event. Have not really contended since making the semi-finals in 1996.
WGL says: Would be a major surprise if the Windies were to make the top four.
Sri Lanka (Best finish: Champions 1996): Built themselves into a powerhouse in the short forms but retirements of a few greats have left the side a little threadbare.
WGL says: Wait until they unearth another Murali.
Bangladesh (Best finish: quarter-finals 2015): Really established themselves in the top 10 in all three formats and in Mustafizur Rahman have one of the world’s premier ODI pacemen. They also have a top-notch all-rounder in Shakib Al Hasan and were really impressive in Australia and NZ in 2015.
WGL says: No longer easybeats on the world stage but unlikely to make it to the semi-finals.
Afghanistan (Best finish: group stages 2015): The feelgood story of world cricket as they have earned their place at the big table of the sport. They will be everyone’s second team and with the likes of outstanding all-rounders Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, they are certain to provide many highlights.
WGL says: Just lack the batting depth to trouble the big guns but their tricky bowling attack could easily unravel any line-up they face.