With just under a year to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, England captain Eoin Morgan believes there are a number of sides who can seriously challenge at next summer’s tournament.
England play their first ODI of the summer tomorrow, as they face Scotland in Edinburgh, before taking on Australia in a five-match ODI series.
With the round-robin format of next year’s Cricket World Cup, Morgan believes it could be one of the most tightly contested editions in recent times.
“It’s pretty tricky because it’s going to be extremely competitive,” said Morgan, who has played at three Cricket World Cups; 2007, 2011 and 2015.
“If you look at last year’s ICC Champions Trophy, the in-form side won it in Pakistan and India were serious contenders, playing very strong cricket.
“When you look at World Cups you can’t look past teams like Australia and New Zealand. So there’s five teams there, including ourselves, that will all be fighting hard to win the World Cup.”
After their clash north of the border, England will play five ODIs on home soil against Australia, taking in the Oval, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Trent Bridge, The Riverside Durham and Old Trafford – all venues they’ll be playing at during the Cricket World Cup next summer.
Morgan was full of praise for the support England receive home and away, and the thought of playing in a World Cup in front of a home support is one that he is looking forward to.
“I think it’s a really exciting opportunity,” he added.
“The support that we have had in the previous three summers has been fantastic and I think with it being a World Cup the support is only going to be ramped up.
“Everyone’s going to be excited and hopefully get behind us and I’m hoping we can do everyone proud.”