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Diss batsman Jebb Swallow backs England to win the Cricket World Cup, but is confident Australia will retain The Ashes

While Diss’ Jebb Swallow is not expecting his native Australia to win the ICC Cricket World Cup for a sixth time, he is backing them to retain the Ashes on enemy territory.

A big summer of cricket got under way on these shores yesterday, with England hosting South Africa at The Kia Oval in London in the opening game of the World Cup.

The tournament will conclude with a Lord’s final on July 14, after which attention will switch to England and Australia renewing their long-standing rivalry over the course of five Test matches, the first of which starts on August 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Cricket action from Diss v Cromer..Jebb Swallow..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11462312)
Cricket action from Diss v Cromer..Jebb Swallow..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11462312)

And while all of that is going on, England Women and Australia Women will also be locking horns to contest the Women’s Ashes in all three formats of the game.

Being based in England this summer will provide Swallow with the chance to cheer on his homeland up close and although the World Cup may be beyond them, he is backing the famous little urn to be returning to Australia come September.

“It is going to be tough to win the World Cup, especially with David Warner and Steven Smith copping a fair bit of stick from the Barmy Army,” said Swallow.

“I like us more in The Ashes than I do the World Cup – I really believe we have what it takes to win The Ashes again.

“I fancy us in five-day cricket and a lot of the England players are really good one-day players or Twenty20 players.

“We have got the better Test team at the moment but only time will tell I guess.”

However, while Swallow is tipping England to be beaten in the Ashes, he does expect them to have other reasons to celebrate.

“The World Cup team is a really good team, I cannot see many holes in it whatsoever,” added Swallow, who has previously played alongside Australia internationals Cameron Bancroft and Ashton Turner, as well as against bowler Pat Cummins.

“They made the right decision to pick Jofra Archer as well. David Willey was a good player a couple of years ago and he is still good, but the game has changed over the last couple of years.

“I cannot see anyone stopping England from winning it.”

The bookmakers have priced England as 2/1 favourites to win the World Cup for the first time in the competition’s history, while holders Australia are 4/1 third favourites, with India splitting the two.

As for the Ashes, England are again regarded as favourites to win the series at 4/5, with Australia available at 15/8.

The draw – which will be enough for Australia to retain the urn they clinched in early 2018 – is 13/2.

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