Never afraid to put his head above the parapet, Graeme Swann has delivered his verdict on who will lift the World Cup trophy at Lord’s on July 14.
“India were brilliant against Pakistan and they have every right to be up there in the betting, but I still fancy England to go all the way,” said Swann whilst speaking to Betfair.
Regarding England producing a bounce back performance versus Australia, Swann said: “I’m backing England to win the match. They will have regrouped after the Sri Lanka defeat and should have reached the conclusion that their only problems have come when they’ve been too conservative.
“Hopefully, they will kick out the caution and get back to throwing the first punch, so to speak.”
England are currently in the mire in their crunch clash with Australia – a game that has taken on significant importance following the defeat to Sri Lanka.
Australia have failed to hit top gear so far, but as the old sporting cliché goes, appear to be peaking at the right time.
Swann, however, dismissed the chances of the men in green and gold, saying: “Australia have been a little bit lucky so far – their batsmen play a little bit old-fashioned and they were bailed out by Mitchell Starc against Sri Lanka.
“I wouldn’t put them in the same bracket as England or India.”
It’s not too late to change your prediction Graeme…
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
Joe Denly with more runs in a day than Warner in the whole series there.
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.
England’s Test-match batting is broken. Time to get back to basics.
The WTC scoring system is stupid, but the fix is easy. Get it done.
The Badger lets off steam.