The ICC Cricket World Cup takes place in England in 2019 and it is a huge opportunity for the hosts to win the tournament for the first time in history given the advantage they will have on home soil. Here is a look at the leading contenders to lift the trophy at Lord’s on the 14th July.

England

England once again proved why they are the team to beat at the World Cup next year with an impressive series victory in Sri Lanka recently in conditions which have worked against them so often in the past. Eoin Morgan’s men are full of explosive players with the bat and ball and they can take the game to any side in the world over this 50 overs format. Earlier in the summer, England got the better of India on home soil in a three-match series. The hosts lost the first game at Trent Bridge but then victories at Lord’s and Headingley ensured they defeated a very strong India team. The bookmakers make England the 11/4 favourites in the cricket betting for the World Cup and they look to have that spot on as they are clearly the team everyone has to beat.

India

2011 world champions India have been to the semi-finals or better at the last two World Cups and they should be thereabouts once again next year. Although they were beaten in their series with England last summer, they showed they have the game to defeat them in a one-off matchup as they came out on top in Nottingham when Rohit Sharma scored a fantastic 137 not out innings. Along with Virat Kohli, Shikhir Sharma and MS Dohni, India arguably have the best batting order in the world. Their weakness over the years has been their bowling attack, however, if they keep scoring big totals, they will have a big chance of lifting the trophy in London next July.

Australia

Australia have dominated the ICC Cricket World Cup since 2000 as they have won four of the last five tournaments, including the 2015 competition where they beat New Zealand in the final. It has been a challenging year for the Baggy Green with the ball tampering incident earlier in 2018 overshadowing anything they have done on the field. Next year though they should be able to put all that behind them and with Steve Smith returning to the team, they will be much stronger in all formats of the game. In Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins and Marcus Stonis, Australia arguably have the best bowling combination in the tournament and conditions in England next summer should suit them. As long as they score enough runs to give their bowlers a chance, Australia will have an excellent chance of coming out on top in World Cup once again.

The opening game of the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup takes place on the 30th May when England take on South Africa at the Oval. All 10 teams will take part in the same group to begin the competition, with the top four teams progressing into the semi-finals.