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England launches the World Cup as favorites to conquer their way to victory for the first time but will fear an India inspired by Virat Kohli and a hungry Australia.

The host nation has never won the tournament, with the last of its three games lost in the final coming in 1992, but there is a growing sense that its current crop of players can end 45 years of pain.

Photo of the 2019 World Cup Trophy file. Reuters

Photo of the 2019 World Cup Trophy file. Reuters

With a plethora of great white-ball experts, England are the top-ranked team in the 50-game winning streak, while Kohli's India is also filled with superstars who have honed their skills in the Indian Premier League.

Current champion Australia, who won their fifth title in 2015, is driven by the returns of top scouts Smith and David Warner after both were banned for their role in a ball tampering scandal.

New Zealand and South Africa will also have hopes of winning the World Cup in the 10-team tournament, in which each team will play all the others to decide the semifinalists.

Former winners Pakistan can never be ruled out and the West Indies, with Chris Gayle, who has his own "Universe Boss" style, possibly for the last time in ODIs, will believe in the chances of winning the first World Cup since 1979.

At a time when surprising feats have become commonplace, they may be tough players who determine the fate of this year's title, depending on the conditions of the event, running from May 30 to July 14.

Here is the complete points table for the 2019 World Cup:

Team Position Matches Has won Lost Necktie NR RR network Points
Australia 1 6 5 1 0 0 +0.849 10
New Zealand 2 5 4 1 0 0 +1,591 9
England 3 5 4 1 0 1 +1,862 8
India 4 4 3 0 0 1 +1.029 7
Bangladesh 5 5 2 2 0 1 -0.270 5
Sri Lanka 6 5 1 2 0 2 -1,778 4
West Indies 7 5 1 3 0 1 +0,272 3
South Africa 8 6 1 4 0 1 -0.193 3
Pakistan 9 5 1 3 0 1 -1,933 3
Afghanistan 10 5 0 5 0 0 -2,089 0

Here's a look at the biggest run-getter and biggest wicket-taker in the 2019 World Cup:

Largest run-getter: David Warner (AUS) with 447 races

Largest wicket taker: Mitchell Starc (PAK) with 15 wickets

With AFP tickets

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