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Hosts England looking to justify Cup favorites tag

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Pakistan and India are set to face off at Old Trafford Ground in Manchester on June 16 in the in ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019. — Geo News FILE

That is the question confronting Jason Holder's side as they head into the one-day showpiece in England and Wales that starts on 30 May.

The winners of the first two World Cups back in the 1970s, West Indies have not made the final since 1983 as the well-documented decline in Caribbean cricketing fortunes played out.

Archer, born in Barbados and who represented West Indies at youth level, was named in England's 15-man squad on Tuesday, despite only having made his one-day worldwide debut around three weeks ago.

"In the World Cup, you first see the first four or five games you're going to play. I'll be watching him as well because from what I've seen he has really impressed".

One-Day International cricket has faced flak over the years for becoming too favourable for batsmen, with even 300 often considered as a sub-par total these days.

The campaign has been co-created with England ODI captain Eoin Morgan to reflect his team's values and capture the fearless, disruptive and innovative brand of cricket they have pursued under his leadership.

"If it's a constant change and churn, where you're always looking over your shoulder trying to safeguard your position, rather than trying to execute team strategy, I think that becomes a big problem", added Sri Lanka great Sangakkara, a member of the sides beaten in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals by Australia and India respectively.

The 10 World Cup captains assembled in east London on Thursday, taking the stage at a shabby chic warehouse that once hosted Dragon's Den for a media conference in which the title of another reality TV show, The X Factor, was among the phrases that stuck out.

Several players and Sri Lanka Cricket officials, including World Cup victor Sanath Jayasuriya, have been suspended for not co-operating with International Cricket Council anti-corruption investigators.

The all-rounder had told Sky Sports that he would like to get Kohli's wicket at the World Cup as he couldn't do the same in IPL.

"It's a huge opportunity, he's very young, very ambitious and confident".

For defending champions Australia, skipper Aaron Finch didn't seem too happy with his pacers and settled for Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, while Faf himself made a decision to pick not one, but three in Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins of Australia and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.

Former skipper Smith and fellow star batsman Warner only returned to worldwide duty earlier this month after completing one-year bans for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. It's called home advantage for a reason. He's got a team around him that just back him to the hilt and he backs his players to the hilt.

"They've contributed as much as they can and the morale has been unbelievable".

Archer also admitted he will still go and support his old club if he is free, saying: "I still look at their results. No doubt personally and as an organisation they've got things in place for that, but how they've been in the run-up to the tournament has been fantastic", added the Australian skipper.

"I was just going to say it really depends on these guys".

May 24: Pakistan vs Afghanistan (Bristol).

Karunaratne has a modest record in limited-overs cricket, having played 17 ODIs and none since the 2015 World Cup, where the Sri Lankans exited in a quarterfinal loss to South Africa.

May 26: Pakistan vs Bangladesh (Cardiff).

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