The International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2019 is less than a week away and the excitement is reaching its peak with every passing day. In the second of our two-part tournament preview, we bring you a list of five teams who we think will enter the contest with the tag of the contenders and who are expected to qualify for the last-four.
Australia are a real powerhouse in the world of cricket, especially in the mega events. The Kangaroos are by far the most successful team in the history of the World Cup, lifting the trophy five times, three more than any other country in the sport. The Aaron Finch-led unit will be defending their crown after lifting the trophy in the 2015 edition under the leadership of Michael Clarke. This time, the team's strength is their versatile bowling unit where the presence of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon is more than enough to dismantle any batting lineup. On the batting front, Australia have already received a major boost with the return of former captain Steve Smith and David Warner, both of whom are in great form with the bat in hand of late.
England are the red-hot favourites in this year's World Cup. The hosts are the number one-ranked side in the 50-over format and are currently going through a purple patch in white-ball cricket in their history which is full