Leading contenders for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England

Australian cricket team celebrate their Cricket World Cup, at Lords, June 20 1999
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2019 is already looking set to be a fantastic year for sport in general, as the ICC Cricket World Cup takes place between the 30th of May and 14th of July.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are set to host the event for the fifth time following 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999. This will be the 12th edition of the competition, as excitement is certainly building ahead of the tournament later this year. Punters have already began to use the latest offers on www.bettingsites.ng, in which the hosts England remain the general 9/4 favourites for the tournament. Here we cover the three leading contenders in the betting for the tournament.

England

Where better to start than with the current favourites and home nation England, who can be supported at a general 11/4 at present. This is no surprise considering home sides have a strong record in the competition, and they are also the current fifth ranked side in the world. However they have yet to win the World Cup, with their best finish coming when reaching the semi-finals in 1975 and 1983. They also reached the quarter finals in 2011, but at the most recent one in 2015, they failed to even progress through the pool stage, which was a big disappointment. England have improved since then and now have a strong chance of finally landing the world cup.

India

Many people’s idea of the winner is likely to be the current number two ranked side in the world, India. They continue to be one of the leading sides in the sport, and can be supported at around 3/1, which looks a fantastic price. They have won the competition on two occasions, including the first time they one, back in 1983. This was also when the tournament was held in England, so they are likely to take positives from this. There most recent success was in 2011, and following this they were surprisingly beaten in the semi-finals in 2015. They continue to remain in fantastic form, so head over to England with as good a chance as any team in winning the tournament.

Australia

The final side who continue to remain at the top of the sport, so go in as one of the favourites is Australia. They have now dropped to sixth in the world rankings, but are the winning most side when it comes to test victories. They are a general 6/1 for the upcoming competition, and are of course entering as the defending champions. They have a remarkable record in the World Cup, as they are the most successful side with five titles to date, and have won four of the last five. They were victories in England when they hosted in 1999, so will again be confident they can go away with victory later this year.

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