Jonty Rhodes predicts ICC World Cup 2019 finalists and blames South Africa's strategy

Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes wants these two teams to play the final at Lord's on Sunday. He has also blamed Faf du Plessis led side for their mediocre performance in this edition
Jonty Rhodes predicts ICC World Cup 2019 finalists and blames South Africa's strategyJonty Rhodes predicts ICC World Cup 2019 finalists and blames South Africa's strategy
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Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes has predicted that the ICC World Cup 2019 finals will be played between India and Australia at the "Mecca of Cricket" on 14th July. He said, "Australia are going to play India in the final. But, no one is a favorite."

Team India, which topped the points table will take on fourth ranked New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday whereas Hosts England will take on defending champions Australia at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday. 

India and Australia have been the teams to watch out for in this edition of the World Cup whereas South Africa's performance has not been up to the mark. With losses against Bangladesh and India early on in the tournament, they have failed to find a place in the knockouts and finished the tournament at seventh spot, just above Afghanistan, West Indies and Bangladesh.

Rhodes said, " The last twelve months have not been pretty when it comes to their domestic results and they did not know their best XI. When you go to a World Cup and you are not sure about your playing XI, I think you are in trouble. Their performance has been quite disappointing but as far as rankings are concerned, they were quite generously placed at No.3 before the tournament. They were unable to replace AB de Villiers and you can't accept him back at the last moment. Also, the players who were expected to perform did not work out in the tournament."

Jonty Rhodes also blamed their strategy and that they lacked proper planning coming into a big tournament such as the World Cup.

"They really did not have a Plan B. Plan A was to bowl fast. But England has two summers. One is cold and swinging conditions while other one is flat and hot. You can't just have a Plan A here. You cannot just expect to bowl people over with sheer pace. So, in my opinion, they need different approaches to the game."

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