As the football season draws to a close this week, Cricket gets its chance to take centre stage as England put their recent limited overs success to the test with a 50 over World Cup on home soil.
Explosive batting from the likes of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler has taken them to the top of the current world rankings, and the last minute addition of Jofra Archer has provided an X Factor to their bowling which quite rightly makes them favourites for the tournament.
Despite the justifiable optimism from England Fans, the format is notoriously difficult to predict and the traditional powerhouses India and Australia will also be confident of having a big say in the final shake up.
After a year in the Wilderness, Australia’s Steve Smith will be looking to pick up where he left off and plunder runs which set a benchmark for the summer of Ashes Cricket to follow. Likewise the mercurial Virat Kohli will be looking to cement his reputation as the world’s premier cricketer and captain India to a second World Cup on English Soil.
If you are looking for a player who could provide surprise success, then look no further than Rashid Khan. This incredible spin talent has already lit up the IPL and the Big Bash and will make sure Afghanistan provide a potential banana skin for all of the top sides.
Big crowds across the country will be hoping the weather gods are kind over the coming weeks and that England can live up to the hype and lift the trophy for the first time, as the carnival reaches its climax at Lord’s on 14th July.