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, Australia coach Justin Langer has picked top-ranked England as the hot favourites in the upcoming tournament.

England are the hot favourites: Langer

Since England’s ouster from the 2015 World Cup, England led by the Eoin Morgan has played a different brand of cricket. They have come out aggressive taking on the opposition and have looked invincible in this format of the game. As a result, they are currently at the top of the ICC ODI Rankings. In the last two years, England have won 34 of their 49 games while three of them produced no result. Moreover, the statistics drastically improves when England plays at home. They have lost only four games out of the 26 matches in since January 2017 which shows their dominance in this format.

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And deservedly so, Justin Langer has picked them as the hot favourites for the tournament. The former Aussie cricketer added that playing at home will be an added advantage and they are looking forward to matching up with England in the upcoming World Cup.

“They’re playing brilliant cricket, aren’t they? They’re obviously the red-hot favourites for the tournament, they’re playing here in their home country, they’re playing brilliantly, they deserve to be the number one team in the world,” Langer said to cricket.com.au.

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Besides, Justin Langer said that they will have to stick to their plans to achieve success in the ODI format. He even said that the team will have to compete a little harder against England and India. Australia will begin their World Cup campaign on June 1 against Afghanistan and will hope for a positive start.

“We’ve been hearing it for 12 months. We’ve shown if we stick to our formula then we’ll have some success. It’s as simple as that. And when it comes to playing India and England, we’re just going to have to compete harder and be ready for them,” he concluded.