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Ten teams can reach World Cup semi-finals, says England bowler James Anderson

James Anderson expects England to reach the semi-finals (Picture: Getty)
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By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at April 4, 2019

James Anderson expects England to reach the semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

England record wicket-taker James Anderson says all ten teams competing in this summers World Cup are capable of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.

Hosts England are the pre-tournament favourites but face competition from defending champions Australia and Virat Kohlis impressive India side.

South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will also try to cause an upset at the 2019 World Cup.

Anderson felt England were nailed on to lift the trophy before the drawn series against Windies earlier in the year, and says the result in the Caribbean shows the strength of other nations.

England have never won the 50-over World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Id be really disappointed if England dont make the semis, Anderson said.

Before the one-day series against the West Indies my head was nailed on and thinking were definitely winning it.

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But then 2-2 against the West Indies, I know slightly different conditions, but it just showed the West Indies, who had to qualify for the World Cup, are still a threat.

So in my head now, there are ten teams that can potentially get into the semi-finals, you cant take anyone for granted.

Its wide open but Im still hopeful that England can go all the way.

Anderson does not miss ODI cricket (Picture: Getty)

Anderson made the last of his 194 ODI appearances during the 2015 World Cup, a tournament in which England crashed out at the group stage.

Since then, Eoin Morgan has helped turn England into the best one-day team in the world.

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