The Cricket World Cup is the undisputed highlight of the One Day International calendar in 2019 as 10 of the top sides in the 50 overs game battle it out for global glory in England and Wales.
A round robin format that sees each team play nine matches, kicking off with England against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday, 30 May, is how this edition of the tournament works. Once all 45 group stage matches have been played, then the top four sides in the table contest the semi-finals with final scheduled for Sunday, 14 July at Lord’s.
How do the bookies bet on the 2019 Cricket World Cup? There’s a familiar feel to the outright betting market.
England have to cope with the pressure of being 11/4 favourites with Unibet on home soil. Trevor Bayliss’ boys, but are clear at the top of the One Day rankings. It’s worth remembering, however, that they have hosted four previous editions of the Cricket World Cup and reached three finals without winning the tournament.
India are next best in the World Cup cricket betting odds for 2019 at 100/30 with Ladbrokes. The dual winners last triumphed on home soil when the Subcontinent hosted the tournament back in 2011. They are also second in the ODI rankings, so their status as second-favourites makes sense.
No team has been anything like as successful in this tournament as five-time Cricket World Cup winners and defending champions Australia. The Baggy Greens have lifted this trophy all over the globe, most recently in their own backyard four years ago at the MCG when co-hosting with New Zealand.
Controversial batting trio Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner, who all received bans for their part in a ball tampering scandal when Australia toured South Africa earlier this year, will be available for selection if called upon. With some bookmakers paying half the outright odds just for a team to make the final, the men from Down Under are solid each-way value at 9/2.
While the first three in the betting looked nailed on to make the business end of the tournament, that just leaves one more open spot in the semi-final line-up. If the market is any indicator, then one from another trio of Southern Hemisphere nations should take it.
New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan are all above Australia in the rankings, but their One Day side is at present weakened by those high-profile absences from their batting order. Their neighbours New Zealand are currently rated third best and as big as 9/1 to go one better than the last Cricket World Cup with bet365.
South Africa, who have never made the World Cup final in this sport, are shorter at a best-price 7/1 and ranked fourth on the planet going into 2019 in 50 over cricket contests. India’s bitter rivals Pakistan, who still can’t play their home matches on native soil, are also 9/1 with large double figure odds available bar the top six.
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