Black Caps offer value in runfest World Cup

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England stages the latest Cricket World Cup and, understandably, the hosts are the strong 9/5 favourites going into the event – which gets underway on May 30.

Eoin Morgan’s men have been the outstanding 50-over team over the last couple of years, which has led to them topping the ODI rankings. England have won 24 of their last 32 one-day internationals, winning five and drawing one of their last six ODI series.

Away from the hosts, the value bet could be the consistent New Zealand team, who have made at least the semi-finals in the last three World Cups and were beaten finalists four years ago.

New Zealand to win World Cup @ 9/1

If, as expected, the pitches in England will be flat, batting friendly surfaces – the Black Caps will be a real threat and the 9/1 on offer to the lift the trophy looks tempting.

New Zealand have three players – Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson – in the top 12 of the ODI batting world rankings and they look as strong as most batting line-ups.

Kane Williamson tournament top batsman @ 16/1

Williamson has considerable experience in English conditions, following five years with Yorkshire, and can be backed at 16/1 to finish the tournament as top batsman.

India also have the batting firepower to threaten any team and they are currently 11/4 second favourites to lift the trophy on July 14.

Virat Kohli will lead his team into the tournament looking to win India’s third World Cup and they are 6/5 to reach the final, although they head into the tournament having won just three of their last seven ODI matches.

Australia are the defending champions and, for once, come into the event a little bit under the radar. The Aussies are only fifth in the ODI rankings and look quite short, at 4/1, to retain the trophy.

West Indies are a team that can beat anyone on their day, but are they consistent enough to put together a strong tournament, in which they will have to play 11 games to end up winners?

Chris Gayle to score fastest century @ 7/1

This will be Chris Gayle’s ODI swansong and the 39-year-old is 6/1 to hit the most sixes in the tournament and can be backed at 7/1 to score the fastest century.

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