Brendon McCullum, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, New Zealand, India, England, Australia
Brendon McCullum picked India and England to win as many as eight games each in the league stage, which means both the teams are in his list of top four. @Facebook/Brendon McCullum

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has gone into great details to predict how the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will pan out. McCullum, who led New Zealand to the final of the previous edition of the mega event, revealed how all the games will pan out in the 12th edition of the World Cup.

McCullum picked India and England to win as many as eight games each in the league stage, which means both the teams are in his list of top four.

Australia, according to his prediction will win six league games and lose against India, West Indies and Pakistan. Going by this logic, the Aaron Finch-led side will be the third team to make it to the semi-finals.

However, McCullum feels there will be a tough competition to occupy the fourth and final spot in the semi-finals. (ALSO READ: Cricket World Cup: New Zealand steamroll Sri Lanka by ten wickets)

He has predicted that New Zealand, West Indies, Pakistan and South Africa will win five games and lose four. However, he hoped that “NZ gets that little bit of luck and can qualify” for the semi-finals.

“4 teams will fight out the 4th qualifying spot and net run rate will decide who progresses. Rain and luck will likely play a part as well. I hope Nz gets that little bit of luck and can qualify. Enjoy the 6 week celebration of the best players on the planet. 🤙🏼 #CWC2019,” McCullum wrote in his social media post. (ALSO READ: Eoin Morgan reveals how England were inspired by Brendon McCullum’s New Zealand post 2015 World Cup debacle)

World Cup game by game predictions. 4 teams will fight out the 4th qualifying spot and net run rate will decide who…

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Former Australian batsman had his say on McCullum’s prediction as well. Waugh tweeted, saying, “Good summary. IMO I think England and Aust certain semi finalists. India not so sure but probably sneak in.Preparation a little suspect and batting lineup uncertain in the middle order. Big reliance on Kohli and Bumrah. NZ slightly ahead of WI and Sth Africa for 4th.”