The ICC World Cup 2019 is round the corner, and every team have begun their full-fledged preparations to give their best shot in the biggest cricketing extravaganza. England and Wales will host the 12th edition of the quadrennial tournament commencing from May 30. As the competition has started approaching closer, former cricketers and pundits have started predicting their winners for the marquee event. Recently, former English skipper Nasser Hussain has named his top four contenders to lift the illustrious trophy.

Many have tipped India and England as the favourites in the upcoming marquee event. The top two ODI sides have played some outstanding cricket in the last two years and hold the stead to lift the title at the historic Lord’s balcony on July 14. Meanwhile, Australia have also picked up the gear winning the last two series against India and Pakistan. Also, the inclusion of David Warner and Steven Smith will increase their chances in the biggest cricketing extravaganza.

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Hussain picks his title contenders

However, surprisingly, Nasser Hussain has left out the Aussies from the competition to retain their title. The former English skipper and a talented top-order batsman has kept Pakistan and New Zealand in the race along with host England and India. While Pakistan have not played good cricket in recent, the Kiwis are always in the race. They keep themselves away from all the media attention and focus on the job at their hand. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s inclusion have raised eyebrows from all corners.

You look at India, they travel so well. They’re in the mix,” Nasser Hussain said. “There’s pressure on England at home but they are a great side. And I think New Zealand and Pakistan can both surprise people. I’m going with that four,” the former England skipper added.

Meanwhile, all the ten teams have started their preparation for the ICC World Cup. England and Pakistan are playing a five-match ODI series to prepare themselves for the biggest event while Indian players are still plying their trade in the IPL.

England will take on South Africa in the tournament opener on May 30 at the Oval.