England, India and New Zealand are the favorites of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, says former English batsman Rob Key.
The teams are ranked 1, 2 and 3 respectively in the MRI ICC Men’s MRF Tires ranking, and Key sees them as the three sides to beat this summer.
While India has won the World Cup twice, England and New Zealand are still pursuing the men’s first world title. Overall, they finished second four times – three for England and one for New Zealand.
England has been named a favorite by many for a home World Cup, but 2015 Vice-World Champion New Zealand’s performance has caught on Keys.
“They will never go to a World Cup where somebody does not use New Zealand as an outside chance,” Key told Sky Sports. “This time they will be in the bet behind England and India, but not far behind.”
Despite the retirement of veterans Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori, New Zealand has kept the key members of the team that led them to the men’s first World Cup final four years ago. Key believes her high-profile cast can mingle with the best of CWC19.
“We always say that they are above their weight, but we always give them a tip that they are doing well and they have some top players – Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
“They are an excellent team for themselves. If they have a day, they can beat England, India and everyone.
“They’ve been a strong one-day cricket outfit for a long time and they’re a side you’re always suspicious of, no matter how good your shape is.”