Allan Donald Backs Hosts England To Win 2019 ICC World Cup

Updated: 01 June 2018 13:37 IST

Allan Donald feels England have their best chance of lifting the elusive ICC World Cup in 2019.

Allan Donald Backs Hosts England To Win 2019 ICC World Cup
Allan Donald feels England have their best chance of winning a World Cup. © Twitter

Former South Africa fast bowler has backed England to win the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 to be hosted by England and Wales. England are currently the number one ranked ODI team ahead of India and pace legend feels that England have a huge chance to win the coveted trophy, something they have never done. The English have been runners-up three times but have never stood on winners' podium. "If ever they have a chance to win one, it's definitely now," Donald was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News on the sidelines of an event to mark a year before the start of CWC 2019. 

Donald praised the "aggressive" brand of cricket being displayed by England under the leadership of Eoin Morgan.

"The way they take on one-day internationals now it's a different England from the one I've seen. I'll be honest, given what I faced back in the day, I wouldn't have thought they could get to this point. But there's something about them that I like," he said.

Donald, however, was cautious about South Africa's chances, more so after the recent retirement of their star batsman AB de Villiers.

"Well, we just lost one of our biggest assets in AB de Villiers," he said.

"South Africa will always challenge and get close to winning the World Cup ... Not to say that we won't win the World Cup, but AB was just a massive loss."

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales starts on May 30 with England taking on South Africa at The Oval.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Topics : England Cricket Team India Cricket Team South Africa Cricket Team Allan Donald Eoin Morgan Cricket
Highlights
  • Allan Donald backs England to lift 2019 World Cup
  • Donald feels this is England's best chance to win a World Cup
  • England have never won an ODI World Cup in their history
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