Melbourne: Former Australia pacer, Jason Gillespie, has stated that England deserves the favourite tag for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men`s Cricket World Cup because of their aggressive and dynamic nature.
“Theres been a lot of talk of England being favourites and playing at home and I certainly think they deserve that tag. Theyve played some wonderful 50-over cricket.
Theyve been really innovative and shown a lot of aggression with bat and ball, theyve been really dynamic in the field,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Gillespie as saying.
Although the 43-year old praised the hosts, he also elucidated that Australia know how to win World Cups even if they may not be seen as favourites.
“Every other team in this World Cup knows that Australia knows how to win World Cups. That is something that will be in every other country`s mind, that Australia – while they might not be seen as favourites – they know how to win World Cups,” he said.
Undoubtedly, Australia has made a really strong comeback after losing four ODI series, since the start of last year, as they defeated India at home and then defeated Pakistan 5-0 in UAE to register their first white-wash abroad since 2008.
However, these victories have put the selectors in dilemma ahead of the World Cup as the present squad has given satisfactory results but they will have to make room for David Warner and Steve Smith in the squad as Australia cannot afford to lose their most experienced duo in the premier event.
Australia will name their 15-man squad on April 15, although they can make changes up until May 23.