Nothing quite beats the sound of a cricket ball being struck of the centre of a bat for six – nothing apart from that in a World Cup.
The ODI (One Day International) World Cup gets under way on May 30, when England take on South Africa at The Oval.
All ten teams who are taking part will play each other, before the top four go forward to the semi-finals.
Who’s taking part?
The following teams will battle it out to become World Cup champions:
- South Africa
- West Indies
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
Who’s the favourites?
Australia have won four of the last five World Cups:
- 1999 – Australia v Pakistan – Australia won by 8 wickets
- 2003 – Australis v India – Australia won by 125 runs
- 2007 – Australia v Sri Lanka – Australia won by 53 runs
- 2011 India v Sri Lanka – India won by 6 wickets
- 2015 – Australia v New Zealand – Australia won by 7 wickets
You might think that the Aussies would be bang on to win this time. But you would be wrong. Australia have suffered a fair bit of turmoil in the past four years (remember last year’s ball-tampering scandal?) That said, now David Warner and Steve Smith have returned, they will be strong again. BetVictor has them as third favourites, at 4/1.
England are favourites to win, priced at 13/8 with BetVictor, while India are 3/1.
Johnny Bairstow’s been in amazing form in the IPL, and is one of England’s key men. Bowler Jofra Archa, meanwhile, may have only played three one day internationals for England, but has already made a huge impact, banging down balls at speeds of over 90mph.
Other Bets to Watch
The highest scoring batsman in a tournament is always a fun bet to try. With BetVictor, you can take a look at Virat Kohli at 15/2. The Indian star should, and probably will, score a good few centuries. After that, it’s the usual faces, with England’s Johnny Bairstow at 11/1 and Joe Root at 12/1. Also at 12/1 with BetVictor is David Warner.
But if you fancy an outside bet, look at Andre Russell. If the West Indies can go deep into the tournament, which they are capable of, he’s cracking odds of 66/1.