Cricket World Cup betting preview: England to shine, West Indies to shock : Jason Roy is a man to watch this summer

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Last Updated : 28th May, 2019 By Steve A

Event Venue: UK, 30 May - 14 July. Live on Sky Sports.

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There is an epic summer of cricket ahead with the World Cup beginning on 30 May and running all the way till 14 July and England going into the tournaments as favourites to succeed on home soil.

The English have never won the World Cup in 11 attempts, even with four of those tournaments being held in England. In that time, since 1975, five other sides have lifted the trophy and Eoin Morgan’s side are roundly expected to become the sixth this summer.

The reason that England are so heavily fancied, other than their home advantage, is that they have been undoubtedly the most impressive 50-over side on the planet over recent years. Dating back to 2016, England have played 15 ODI series and they have won 13 of them. Their only loss came in a narrow 2-1 series defeat in India in 2016/17, while they drew in West Indies at the turn of 2019.

In that period of time they have beaten Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India. The only team competing in the World Cup that England have not beaten since 2016 is Afghanistan and if there was any concern about the Afghans, England walloped them by nine wickets in a warm-up match on Monday before the tournament began.

Really England’s only blot in their copybook is their failure to win the Champions Trophy in 2017 that was held in their own backyard. They cantered through their group in that event and looked impressive doing so, but things went downhill very quickly in the semi-finals, slumping to a poor defeat by eight wickets to Pakistan.

Their conquerors went on to win the tournament by battering India in the final, so it was not a complete embarrassment for the English, but it was still a disappointment. Again they have shown their improvement since then by hammering the Pakistanis 4-0 in their most recent ODI series.

The two teams thought to have a realistic chance of stopping their hosts are India and Australia, sides that have won all the previous five editions of the tournament between them.

While undoubtedly both serious threats, there are more doubts over those two teams than the English. India have fantastic options, but do not tend to perform anywhere near their best in England. Australia are actually finding some decent form coming into the event and look a better bet than India, but they have an aging side and their bowling attack looks like it could take some abuse unless they are at their absolute best. The Aussies look solid throughout and will make the semi-finals, but they have not got the spectacular best that the English posses.

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It looks like those three teams are pretty much nailed on to make it into the semi-finals, but there is good value on backing the fourth side. The bookies fancy either South Africa or New Zealand to be that team, but West Indies have a tremendous chance to beat them to it and finish in the top four of the 10-team group stage.

The Windies showed what they are made of with their drawn series against England at the start of the year and are looking good in their warm-up contests in the UK. That series against the English in the Caribbean showed that Chris Gayle has still got it as he hammered his way to 424 runs in four innings, 168 more than anyone else in the series. He will be opening the batting again for his country and will do some damage yet again.

Also impressive in that series was young Shimron Hetmyer, who has now made four centuries in his first 24 ODI innings, at a strikerate of 110.30 The 22-year-old is one of the brightest talents in West Indian cricket and alongside the likes of Gayle, Shai Hope and Jason Holder causing chaos down the order, there will be some big runs scored.

They also have a bright young hope in Oshane Thomas with the ball, while the experience of Holder and Kemar Roach should serve them well. There is not a great deal between West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand, but the Windies possibly have the edge over either of them and are considerably better value for a semi-final spot.

West Indies are 29/20 to secure a top four finish with Unibet.

There are going to be some enormous scores struck with the bat over the tournament, with the world’s best all on display. There are a wide range of excellent options in the Top Batsman market, including Virat Kohli, Joe Root, the villain of the piece David Warner, Kane Williamson and Quinton de Kock, but it is another that looks the best choice.

England opener Jason Roy looks to have hit peak form at the best time possible, making a mockery of the Pakistan attack in the most recent ODI series. Roy scored 277 runs in just three innings against Pakistan, at a strikerate of 114.46 and will be full of confidence heading into the World Cup.

The Surrey opener has really come into his own over the last 18 months, since he kicked-off 2018 with an enormous 180 against Australia in Melbourne. He scored two more centuries against the Aussies that year and already has two to his name in 2019. He now has eight ODI tons to his name and an average over 40, which at the speed he scores at the top of the order is truly sensational.

While still capable of falling early, as any opener is at this level, but Roy has become much more impressive at building big innings and not losing patience and hitting out early on. He has big scores against the likes of Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka so is more versatile than he might seem at first so we can expect plenty out of him this summer against all opponents.

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  • England have won 13 out of their last 15 ODI series


  • England have not lost an ODI series at home since 2015


  • Jason Roy averaged 92.33 in the most recent ODI series for England against Pakistan


  • Virat Kohli is the highest ranked ODI batsman in the world


  • West Indies are the only side to avoid ODI series defeat against England in two-and-a-half years


  • West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, India and Pakistan are the only teams to win the World Cup


  • Australia have won four of the last five editions of the World Cup


  • The last two World Cups have been won by the home side


  • Pakistan won the last tournament held in England – the 2017 Champions Trophy


  • Afghanistan and West Indies qualified for the World Cup in March this year

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