Australia legend Glenn McGrath says he “can’t remain biased” for his whole life as he backs England to win the World Cup this summer.
The showpiece event will start on May 30 in England as the hosts look to back up their recent ODI prowess with a tournament victory in home soil.
And former paceman McGrath thinks England have got to be the favourites on “current form”.
“England, a very good one-day unit. To me, they are the favourites going into this World Cup, so I think they’ll do very well,” McGrath told ESPNcricinfo.
“Probably! I can’t remain biased my whole life. You’ve got to go on current form. The England team – the way they go about it, they have impressed me. They have scored some big, big totals.
“Most teams used to go hard in the first 15 and the last 15 and consolidate in the middle. But teams like England, India are just going hard the whole 50 overs, and that’s the impact T20 cricket has had.
“So yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘England are the team to beat’ or the ‘favourites’.”
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.
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.
Joe Root is shepherding the ‘righteous’ England team through ‘the valley of darkness’ and must ‘lay his vengeance’ upon those closest to him