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2019 Cricket World Cup Betting Guide

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Odds

Four long years are finally coming to an end and the 2019 Cricket World Cup will soon be upon us. Defending champion Australia is among 10 sides that will assemble in the U.K. across seven weeks of competition for the right to be crowned the best team in the ODI format.

The competition itself begins on May 30 when host England takes on South Africa at the Oval. In a long group stage, the final round of matches in this section will go off on July 6. We then move straight into the two semifinals, which take place on July 9 and July 11 respectively, before the final itself at Lord’s on July 14.

The tournament crosses over into Wales with games hosted at the Sophia Gardens ground in Cardiff but the majority of the action takes place in England. Famous venues including Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford and Edgbaston are involved so let’s start looking forward to a feast of One Day cricket.

Who are the Favorites?

The bookmakers are focusing mainly on three countries. England is the host and also the highest-ranked team in ODI cricket as of February 2019.

That may come as a surprise in the unlikely event that you haven’t watched any 50 over cricket since the 2015 tournament. England played a dull, pedestrian game and failed to make it out of the groups four years ago but everything has changed. The 2019 England squad now plays with abandon and a long list of power-hitting batters is its big strength.

Critics will say that this side lacks a world-class bowler but England has broken the record for the ODI team total twice since 2015 so those batsmen may have enough to carry them through.

India are second favorites for the 2019 title and they have also been strong since the tournament four years ago. This side reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and has been winning series at home and abroad ever since.

They are ranked No. 2 in the world at the time of writing and their strengths lie in a top three that is arguably the best in the game. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli can lay big platforms while the team also has a high-class spin attack. It’s hard to identify a weakness but India does need to identify a permanent batter at No. 4 and their seamers might lack depth in English conditions.

Defending champion Australia has had to battle for much of the last year without Steve Smith and David Warner and, as a result, their world ranking has dipped. With Smith and Warner back on the team, the batting unit should strengthen and add to a high-class seam attack that includes 2015’s Player of the Series Mitchell Starc.

That’s the theory but there is a question mark over whether Smith and Warner will fit in seamlessly and if they will hit top form after such a long break from the game. This is an Aussie side in transition but they have won more World Cups than anyone else and we should never write them off.

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Having beaten Bangladesh in a 3-0 series whitewash in February 2019, New Zealand rose to No. 3 in the ODI world rankings and there are a number of reasons to look out for the Kiwis in the 2019 World Cup.

Many of the current New Zealand squad made it to the final of the 2015 tournament. They have a balanced batting unit with power hitters such as Martin Guptill and patient accumulators including Kane Williamson. A classy seam attack should enjoy English conditions and the Kiwis have a good chance.

In reality, we can’t write off Pakistan either. This is the side that won the ICC Champions Trophy in England just two years ago and while they are inconsistent, they can beat any side on their day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of cricket is played at the ICC Cricket World Cup?

The Cricket World Cup features the longer form of One Day games. A full set of laws is published by the ICC but the essential point to note is that One Day internationals consist of a maximum of 50 overs a side.

Within those 50 overs, each team must use a minimum of five bowlers and those bowlers are allowed to send down a maximum of 10 overs each. The simple object is to score the most runs in those 50 overs to win the game.

What are the most popular ways to bet on cricket?

Most players like to take a Satta on the straight match result. It’s the most simple form of betting and at the World Cup, there are no draws involved so it’s a case of working out which of the two teams will win.

Out of a long list of prop bets, most will enjoy betting in top batsman or bowler markets. These will pay out if you stake on the player who scores the most runs or takes the most wickets for the side in question.

Other popular bets include Team to hit Most Sixes, Highest Score after first 15 Overs, Batsman to score a fifty, Man of the Match and many more. We’ve mentioned the most popular here but there could be up to 100 markets available for the biggest games such as the World Cup final.

Who is the consensus best cricket player participating in the 2019 World Cup?

There are a number of contenders here but based on form and overall record, it would be hard to argue against Virat Kohli. As February drew to a close, India’s skipper was top of the Test and ODI rankings and boasted an incredible 39 centuries in this format.

He really is a world great and much of India’s title challenge depends on its captain.

Odds to win ICC World Cup 2019

Odds as of February 26 at Bovada

  • England +225
  • India +275
  • South Africa +550
  • Australia +600
  • Pakistan +800
  • New Zealand +1000
  • West Indies +1600
  • Sri Lanka +2500
  • Afghanistan +5000
  • Bangladesh +5000