ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Can three-times runner-up England win the World Cup?

From 30 May to 14 June 2019, the 12th Cricket World Cup is taking place. The tournament is held in England & Wales at various venues, with the first match held at The Oval in Kennington, South London and the final being hosted at Lord’s in St John’s Wood, London.

Taking place on home soil, can three-times runners-up England win the Cricket World Cup 2019, beating the likes of five-times champions, Australia?

The ICC Cricket World Cup takes place every four years and is organised by the cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The first World Cup was held in England in 1975, which was won by the West Indies. England have yet to win the tournament but were runners-up in 1979, 1987 and 1992.

Could 2019 prove to be different?

The squad certainly looks promising, with Eoin Morgan selected as the team’s captain, following his impressive run in one-day cricket following the 2015 World Cup.

Morgan’s teammate Joe Root also looks on form, who achieved a 65-run partnership with Morgan in England’s recent victory in a high-pressure T20 against Pakistan in Cardiff.

In April this year, playing for Yorkshire, Joe Root and Gary Balance carried their team to safety with a 253-run stand.

However, casting some disappointment on the form of the England squad in the run-up to the tournament is Moeen Ali’s injury. The batting all-rounder missed the first ODI against Pakistan with a rib injury.

With the tournament being on home soil and being at the top of the ICC one-day rankings, having not lost a one-day international series since they lost in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in June 2017, England are the bookies’ favourites to win the 2019 World Cup.

The first match of what is one of the world’s most viewed sporting events, commenced with England versus South Africa at the Oval on May 30.

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