With just 10 days to the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup to begin, all 10 teams are working regressively with the full fortitude to keep no box unturned. With players busy preparing, the cricket-pundits and ones who have played the sport are busy predicting their semi-finalist in the twelfth edition.
Former Australia skipper, Ricky Ponting, too, has given his verdict on the upcoming 50-over tournament, picking his favourites. The 44-year-old Ponting, who was recently associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals was also picked as the assistant coach of the Australian team in February. Interestingly, the former cricketer, hasn’t picked his own country as the probable champions in the upcoming tournament. Instead, he has backed hosts England who recently thrashed Pakistan 4-0 as the firm favourites.
Initially, it would be England for two reasons. England have started playing well in limited overs and the tournament will be played on home. Naturally, they will have some home advantage. But they will be challenged by India and Australia. Ponting was quoted as saying by Times of India.
He also spoke highly about teams like Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa, saying although England are the clear favourites, there are other strong teams who can cause upsets as well. Meanwhile, the tournament opener will be played between the host and South Africa at the Oval.