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Who will win the ICC World Cup 2019? The question was asked to the captains of all 10 participating teams on Thursday in the captain’s conclave ahead of the tournament. While pretty much everyone agreed that World Cup 2019 will be one of the most competitive tournaments, hosts England appeared to be the hot pick of the captains.

Virat Kohli, India captain

The way I look at it, there’s always going to be a huge fan-base for us anywhere we play in the world. But I have to agree with Aaron, I think England is probably – in their conditions – the most strong side in this tournament, but I also agree with Morgs, that all ten teams are so well balanced and so strong, and the fact that this is a tournament where we have to play everyone once, makes it all the more challenging. I think that’s going to be the best thing about this tournament, I see this as probably one of the most competitive World Cups that people are going to see.

Aaron Finch, Australia captain

“I think, England has been in great form over the last couple of years and along with India, they’ve probably been the standout performers. So you’d have to say England are definitely the favorites.

Finch also welcomed both David Warner and Steve Smith back as his team looks to defend the title they won in 2015.

“Since Warner and Smith have come back into the set-up they have been fantastic and contributed so much. The morale has been unbelievable. Once it gets underway, particularly against England, and further on for the Ashes, the crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world. We have plans in place for that, and their squad input and output in terms of the runs they have been making has been fantastic,” Finch said.

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