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Allan Donald backs England cricket team to lift ICC World Cup 2019

Allan Donald felt England cricket team is favourite at next year’s ICC World Cup and added that South Africa cricket team’s chances have diminished after the recent retirement of star AB de Villiers.

cricket Updated: May 31, 2018 19:50 IST
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Hailing the “aggressive” brand of cricket England cricket team plays under Eoin Morgan (right), former South Africa pacer Allan Donald said they would be formidable in home conditions during the ICC World Cup next year.(Getty Images)

South Africa cricket team pace legend Allan Donald has backed No.1-ranked hosts England to go the distance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

“If ever they have a chance to win one, it’s definitely now,” Donald was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News on Wednesday, on the sidelines of an event to mark a year before the start of CWC 2019.

Hailing the “aggressive” brand of cricket played under Eoin Morgan, he said they would be formidable in home conditions.

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“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 circumspect 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.

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“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.

First Published: May 31, 2018 19:50 IST