ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023: England Aiming to Retain Title

Reigning champions England head into the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India as one of the favourites to retain the title.

Online bookmakers rate the hosts as the team most likely to wrestle the title off England, with home advantage expected to help their cause.

Odds of 33/10 with the best bookmakers are a fair reflection of England’s chances given how difficult it is to go back-to-back in major tournaments.

Australia and Pakistan have also attracted interest from sports bettors, while 2019 runners-up New Zealand have been tempting each-way punters into wagering.

Read on as we look at the format, odds and live streaming details for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, before assessing whether England can emerge victorious again.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 – Format

Hosts India are joined by nine other teams in the group stage – Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Netherlands.

The opening phase is played as a round robin, with the teams playing each other once. The top four in the group qualify for the semi-finals which are played as 1vs4 and 2vs3. The dates are as follows:

  • Group stage: October 5 – November 12.
  • Semi-finals: November 15-16.
  • Final: November 19.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 – Odds

Punters would be well advised to undertake a bookmakers comparison before wagering on the tournament, with the odds varying between different operators. Here are the latest odds:

  • India – 9/4
  • England – 33/10
  • Australia – 9/2
  • Pakistan – 6/1
  • New Zealand – 8/1
  • South Africa – 10/1
  • Sri Lanka – 33/1
  • Bangladesh – 33/1
  • Afghanistan – 100/1
  • Netherlands – 500/1

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 – Live Streaming

Every game at the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be broadcast live. The most reliable live streaming platforms are as follows:

  • Afghanistan – Ariana TV
  • Australia – Fox Sports
  • Bangladesh – Spordium
  • Canada – Hotstar
  • Caribbean Islands – ESPN
  • Central & South America and Mexico – ESPN
  • Continental Europe & South-East Asia – Yupp TV
  • Hong Kong – PCCW
  • India – Star Sports
  • Maldives, Bhutan & Bangladesh – Star Sports
  • Malaysia – MEASAT
  • Middle East & North Africa – Etisalat
  • Nepal – Star Sports/Net TV
  • New Zealand – Sky Sport NZ
  • Pacific Islands – PNG Digicel
  • Pakistan – PTV, ARY
  • Singapore – StarHub
  • Sri Lanka – Maharaja TV
  • South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa – SuperSport
  • United Kingdom & Ireland – Sky Sports
  • United States – ESPN+

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 – England Preview

A quick tour of the latest bookmaker reviews highlights that sportsbook operators are a little divided about England’s chances of lifting the trophy again.

Several of the safest betting sites have England vying with India for favouritism, with the reigning champions as low as 5/2 with some operators.

However, numerous other UK bookmakers rank England as 33/10 shots to become the first team since Australia (2007) to retain the title.

There were a couple of surprises in England’s provisional 15-man squad when it was announced in August, with Harry Brook and Jofra Archer omitted.

Ben Stokes’ decision to reverse his retirement from ODI cricket cost Brook his chance of a maiden World Cup appearance, but undoubtedly boosts England’s hopes of success.

One of the biggest issues facing selectors is Jason Roy’s fitness status, with back problems threatening his participation in the tournament.

Roy has missed the ODI series against New Zealand this month, allowing Dawid Malan the chance to stake his claim to open the batting.

Malan was in imperious form as England sealed a 3-1 series win at Lord’s, hitting 127 runs off 114 balls to leave New Zealand’s bowling attack in tatters.

Roy could be given the chance to prove himself against Ireland next week, but his chances of displacing Malan from the starting XI look remote.

Malan’s innings followed hot on the heels of Stokes smashing a record-breaking 182 earlier in the week to demonstrate why his ODI retirement was premature.

Stokes’ ability to rip teams apart in this manner should serve England well at the World Cup and it would be no surprise if he proves to be the difference-maker in India.

Having pummelled New Zealand into submission this close to the tournament, it is difficult to imagine the Black Caps troubling them at the World Cup.

India and Australia are England’s nearest rivals in the outright betting market and both teams are expected to make it to the semi-finals.

However, while the hosts will fancy their chances of success on home turf, a recent ODI defeat against Bangladesh shows they can be vulnerable.

The same can be said about Australia, who slumped a humiliating 164-run loss against South Africa in their most recent ODI outing.

The Proteas will take confidence from that performance, but England defeated them on their own patch earlier this year and have nothing to fear from them.

If England replicate the form they showed against New Zealand, they should be tough to stop in their quest to defend the World Cup title.

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