The twelfth edition of the World Cup is all set to get underway. The much-awaited tournament will start on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa in the tournament-opener. This year’s edition will see all the ten teams playing against each other before the top four make it to the next round. And ahead of the start of the tournament, India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Aaron Finch rate England as the red-hot favourites.

England are currently ranked number one in the world in ODI cricket and beat Pakistan 4-0 in their final series. In all those four games, the hosts scored more than 300 runs to prove their title credentials. England are also on a 11-series unbeaten streak that includes series wins in India, New Zealand as well as Australia.

Virat Kohli with other captains (Credits: ICC)

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“England are probably the strongest side but all ten teams are very well balanced,” Kohli said at the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup captains’ media day. “It is a very challenging tournament. I see this as one of the most competitive World Cups in history.”

Echoing Kohli’s sentiments, Finch said: “England have been in great form and are the stand-out team along with India. You would have to say England are definitely the favourites.”

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England captain Eoin Morgan had also attended the meet and was quick to downplay the praise from his Indian and Australian counterparts. Morgan said that no team is clear favourites before saying that the World Cup will be very competitive.

“There’s nobody who is head and shoulders above everyone. It’s going to be very competitive. There’s going to be some great cricket played,” said Morgan.

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England have never won the World Cup but chances are bright they can break that duck in the coming days. So far, they have made it to the three finals and have lost all of them.