Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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Pakistan's unpredictable tag is somewhat of a positive for captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who likes to go to the World Cup as underdogs.

New Zealand were runners up four years ago and skipper Kane Williamson hopes his Black Caps side can go one better.

So you'd have to say England are definitely the favourites.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder added: "It's a very exciting format".

Gulbadin Naib has been appointed Afghanistan's new ODI captain in place of Asghar Afghan.

For defending champions Australia, skipper Aaron Finch didn't seem too happy with his pacers and settled for Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, while Faf himself chose to pick not one, but three in Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins of Australia and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.

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"The guys can't wait to take part in cricket's biggest tournament in front of noisy, passionate, sell-out home crowds".

Kohli agreed. He didn't think the tournament will be the run-fest that is predicted.

"England seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else", Kohli said.

A long-running player dispute appears to have been put behind them with the defeat of controversial Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron in a recent election.

Can the West Indies take the form that has made them such a potent force in Twenty20 cricket into the World Cup? "Not all the teams are going to be in a great position (in the latter half). It won't be gung-ho from ball one".

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England are unlikely to encounter the kind of slow surface that helped prove their undoing when they lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy in Cardiff.

There were no major surprises as Finch and Indian captain Virat Kohli named England, the No 1 ranked ODI team, favourites for the title.

"We won the 1992 World Cup".

"When we won the Champions Trophy the way people supported us it was a moment of great joy".

"We're all different and we all have our own way of expressing ourselves on and off the field, but we are part of the same team with the same goals". "I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball". "We will have to find a way to play well in all conditions", said Williamson.

On Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz said the left-arm pacer has been included in the squad due to his vast experience. "You don't really expect that because of his run-up", Kohli opined about the 24-year-old, who played for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Express Yourself will then run throughout the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and beyond - with original content and innovative partnerships created to build buzz and excitement about the England ODI team. He holds a skill-set that is very different from the rest.

Dimuth Karunaratne enters the World Cup having played just one ODI in the last two years. "He has pace, he can be intimidating, he's a great athlete; I'm sure England are excited to have him". From what I've seen he has been really impressive.

"He's come in and performed exactly as he has been around the world", Morgan told reporters. He's exciting. It's a huge opportunity, he's very young, very ambitious and confident. "Pressure means you are not enjoying it", he said. It's called home advantage for a reason. "They smash it from ball one and for the full 50 overs", Kohli said. While much was billed from Afghanistan given their momentous rise to the cricketing arena, the last couple of months have been way too unstable for them.

Russell is also likely to spearhead a genuinely fast bowling attack at the World Cup that also includes unsafe 22-year-old paceman Oshane Thomas and battle-hardened 31-year-old Shannon Gabriel. You play accordingly as a side. "I don't need to add", said the Pakistan skipper.

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May 25: England vs Australia (Southampton).

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