Cricket World Cup: Top-four can all win tournament – West Indies great Clive Lloyd

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Cricket World Cup: Top-four can all win tournament – West Indies great Clive Lloyd



Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd (Picture: Getty)Clive Lloyd believes the World Cup is wide open with the current top-four all capable of winning the tournament.
Defending champions Australia currently top the group stage table but could be joined by England on ten points later today if Eoin Morgan’s side beat Sri Lanka.
New Zealand and India, both unbeaten, are second and fourth respectively and also appear well-placed to reach the knockout stages.
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Pakistan and South Africa can all still mathematically progress in the tournament but face uphill tasks following poor starts to the World Cup.

Bangladesh dented West Indies’ World Cup hopes (Picture: Getty)Former Windies captain Lloyd told ICC: ‘As it currently stands, it is hard to pick an overall winner as we move past the halfway stage of this fascinating tournament.
‘Any of the top four could be holding the trophy aloft come July 14, I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.’
West Indies’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals were dealt a major blow on Monday when they suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Bangladesh.
Jason Holder’s side face New Zealand on Saturday and Lloyd added: ‘There is still a mathematical chance that the West Indies can make the semi-finals.

The Windies face New Zealand next (Picture: Getty)‘And even though it is looking increasingly unlikely, it is absolutely vital that they try and finish the tournament on a high note.
‘New Zealand are one of the teams I said would surprise most people before the tournament started and I have been proven right.
‘The West Indies need to raise their game if they are to have a chance against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Saturday.
‘In Kane Williamson, the Black Caps have a terrific captain and an even more impressive batsman.’
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