Graeme Swann predicts World Cup winner and explains why Australia will not lift trophy
Graeme Swann is backing England to lift the World Cup on home soil this summer and says defending champions Australia are not in the same bracket as the hosts or challengers India.
Eoin Morgans side soared to the top of the ICC rankings in one-day cricket in the four years following the disastrous 2015 World Cup and have made a strong start to this tournament.
Having won three of their first four World Cup games to sit fourth in the group stage table, England appear well positioned to progress to the knockout stages and face Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Australia are currently top but Swann has major doubts over the reigning champions, as well as the unbeaten New Zealand.
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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, he 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 wouldnt 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.
England will be expected to beat Afghanistan on Tuesday but former spinner Swann wants Morgans side to produce a ruthless performance in Manchester.
Like just about everyone Im expecting an England win against Afghanistan at Old Trafford but what I want to see is a ruthless one, the former England star said.
Afghanistan, in World Cup terms, are the weak link. Thats not to say they are without talent, and I do think they have the potential to frightena 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.