In the 11 previous cricket World Cups, England has gone to the final match three times.
All three times the Three Lions have come away heartbroken.
England lost the 1979 final to the West Indies by 92 runs, 286-9 to 194. It lost the 1987 edition to Australia by seven runs, 253-5 to 246-8. Then, five years later, England fell to Pakistan by 22 runs, 249-6 to 227.
That was the last time the Three Lions have been in a final, almost three decades ago. Over the last six World Cups, the English team and its fans had to watch idly as Australia has turned into the world power in the sport, winning four more titles, including three in a row (1999, 2003, 2007) and the most recent edition (2015), which came down to the very end as New Zealand was bowled out for 183 after the Aussies had posted a 186-3 score.
But there is renewed hope (there always is in England, especially after the football team’s run to the 2018 World Cup semifinal after so many years of heartbreak) that the hosts could make some noise this year.
England kicks off the competition on Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time (Willow TV) against South Africa, with England a -225 favorite to beat South Africa.
BetStars currently has England listed as the pre-tournament favorites at +225, slightly ahead of India (+275). The reigning champion Australia is +400, with New Zealand the only other team under 10-1 at +900.
“India, England, Australia, and New Zealand are probably the semifinalists,” cricket expert Kishore Gunturu said. “West Indies is probably the dark horse in the tournament.”
West Indies is listed at +1400 to win the World Cup.
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