The Cricket World Team Make Their World Cup Predictions
With just a few days to go until the start of the Cricket World Cup 2015, it's time for the Cricket World team to continue a long-standing tradition of making their pre-tournament predictions.
We will be updating this page as our colleagues and contributors send in their predictions, and you never know, we might even get some of them right...
Without further ado, then, here are the predictions:
John Pennington - Australia
I've been predicting Australia for quite a while and I'm sticking with it, although New Zealand are looking dangerous. They are playing at home, they have strength in depth and are on a good winning run. I think they will win their fifth title.
Alastair Symondson - England
England's resurgence under Eoin Morgan has been great to see and I predict him leading England to World Cup glory.
Andrew Wood - Australia
I think it's hard to look beyond Australia for this, especially with home advantage. I would pick England as an outside bet, with Chris Woakes as a player to watch. For me he's been one of England's most exciting players.
Tom Bentley - England
Logically it’s very difficult to see anyone other than Australia lifting the trophy come 29th March. Unless you are an England fan buoyed by the recent turnaround under Eoin Morgan, which I am, so for me I think I’ll be ruling heart over head.
England will be indisputable world champions after a tournament of broken run records, fast bouncy wickets and no doubt endless talk of Kevin Pietersen.
Chetan Narula - Australia or New Zealand
Australia or New Zealand to win the World Cup, preferably New Zealand but I have a gut feeling David Warner's hundred at MCG will give Australia their fifth World Cup.
Semi-finalists: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka/England.
India will be lucky to reach semis.
Tapabrata Banerjee - Australia
The predictions so far...
New Zealand: 4.5
South Africa: 3
I think like last time, the teams will have a slow group stage followed by three key hard-fought knock-out games.
My prediction for top four would be, in order, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (yes, I think they will finally win a knock-out match in World Cup), India or England (Possible QF line up with B2 vs A3)
For the tournament highest-scorer my pick would be Hashim Amla or Virat Kohli. For bowlers, I will go for Dale Steyn or Mitchell McClenaghan (remember 1999?).
For other predictions, I can tell you that there will be couple of 400+ team totals and at least one individual double-century. I think there is also a good chance that the West Indies may not qualify for the Quarter finals.
Krish Sripada - Australia
Buoyed by home support, Australia are certainly the favorites to win this World Cup. They boast of explosive batsmen both at the top and in the middle. The middle order is studded with class in the form of Steve Smith. Most importantly, they have arguably the best pace bowling battery in the form of Johnson, Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood.
Sandeep Shivam - New Zealand
They have transformed completely in the last year under the leadership of Brendon McCullum. Their recent success shows they are not dependent on a single player. If McCullum fails, Kane will get you. If Kane fails, Elliott and Ronchi will get you. They are a complete package themselves besides playing at home.
Manuj Sharma - India
Defending champions India, despite the lack of results going their way have one of the most talented batting line-ups in the tournament. Players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni are capable of winning matches on their own on a given day. If India can manage to sort out their bowling issues and get their combination right, they will surely be able to defend their title.
Darshan Walawalkar - South Africa
A proficient captain, an intimidating pace attack, the most uniform batting line-up and a cricket board which means business. The Proteas are on a mission to fulfill the dream of a million fans who are expecting them to lift the prestigious trophy which has eluded them over the years. Anything short of a final for the South Africans will be the biggest upset of the tournament. The mere simplicity of this team is worthy of the glory.
Bimal Mirwani - New Zealand or South Africa
I have a strong feeling that either New Zealand or South Africa will taste World Cup glory for the first time. This is not only based on the fact that they have a strong squad, but also based on the fact that they have something to prove to their fans, their country and most importantly, themselves.
Jibran Khan Niazi - New Zealand
I think New Zealand will win, but read why I think Pakistan could surprise a few people here.
Peter Steward - New Zealand
It's New Zealand for me, too...something...something...Brendon McCullum.
Aaron Kumar - India
A while ago I tipped India to win the World Cup and 12 months ago that would have looked a very strong prediction as they were number one in the world in ODI cricket, but since then some indifferent form away from home, and a few question marks over the performances of key players has made for a terrible run in to this World Cup for India.
With all that said India have only lost two matches in their last three ICC events and one of those was the World T20 final last year, Dhoni has been an inspirational leader in limited overs and seems to be the master at galvanizing his team to peak at the right time. With Dhoni at the helm I am going to go against the current form book and tip India to retain the title.
Anurag Sinha - South Africa
According to me South Africa has great chance of winning this World Cup. Their team has the right balance and everybody is looking in great touch. AB de Villiers is in form and when a captain of a team is full of confidence then no doubt that the team is going to do well. Conditions in Australia suit them as well.
Matt Carter - Australia or New Zealand
It’s difficult to envisage any of the subcontinental nations possessing the pace bowling resources to cause a substantial impact. Australia look formidable and are understandably favourites, although New Zealand have the tools to beat anyone provided they overcome psychological deficiencies.
Laura Williamson - Australia or South Africa
Personally I think that there’s definite grounds for controversy and upset during this World Cup, but going purely on current performances my prediction is Australia to face South Africa in the final, de Villiers and Johnson being my key players for the two teams.
I think England could surprise a few people in this tournament with new leadership and a young talented team. New Zealand will also be one to watch looking a very strong side against Pakistan in the recent ODI series. There are certainly going to be some brilliant matches throughout the course of the next two months!
Márcio Leiria - India
India!!??... Because... things happen... and also because at the time of writing they were our viewers' favourite.
What do you think?
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