England legend Graeme Swann has backed his country to win the ongoing World Cup. England have made a solid start to their campaign and are looking set to progress ahead after winning three of their opening four games. The hosts have beat the likes of South Africa, Bangladesh and West Indies to prove their title credentials.
Speaking about India, Swann lauded their performance against arch-rivals India but reiterated that he would back England to go all the way. He also spoke on other teams. Swann said that defending champions Australia are not in the same bracket as that of England and India. Australia are at the top of the points table with 4 wins from 5 games but Swann is not very much impressed with their performance.
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About New Zealand, Swann said the Black Caps have not faced a stiff test thus far. New Zealand have defeated Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh thus far while their game against India was washed out.
“India were brilliant against Pakistan and they have every right to be up there in the betting, but I still fancy England to go all the way,” Graeme Swann told Betfair.
“Australia have been a little bit lucky so far – their batsmen play a little bit old-fashioned and they were bailed out by Mitchell Starc against Sri Lanka. I wouldn’t put them in the same bracket as England or India.
“New Zealand are untested so far, playing all the easy sides and then seeing their clash with India rained off. They are not battle-hardened yet,” added Graeme Swann.
England will next take on Afghanistan who are yet to win any game in the tournament. As expected, Swann is expecting England to win the game. He, however, wants his country to produce a ‘ruthless’ performance in Manchester.
“Like just about everyone I’m expecting an England win against Afghanistan at Old Trafford but what I want to see is a ruthless one,” he said before adding: “Afghanistan, in World Cup terms, are the weak link. That’s not to say they are without talent, and I do think they have the potential to frighten a couple of teams.
“Certainly the openers will have their day against one or two bowling attacks and in Rashid Khan they have a world-class talent with the ball. But I would be horrified if that happened against this England team,” Graeme Swann added.