Group A is the strongest of the two on paper, containing host nations Australia and New Zealand. It also features perennial runners-up Sri Lanka and the unpredictable England and Bangladesh sides. The minnows Scotland and Afghanistan will definitely fancy their chances of causing an upset or two. Australia are massive favourites for this tournament, but head into their opening game against England without skipper Michael Clarke. But with arguably the best and most exciting opening partnership in the world with Warner and Finch, they will look to blow teams out of the park in the first 15 overs. They open up against England who head into his year’s World Cup as massive underdogs. Captain Eoin Morgan is desperate for form, after scoring just two runs in his last four innings. Much of the pressure will rest on the shoulders of Yorkshire duo Joe Root and Gary Ballance who both passed fifty against Pakistan in the warm-up match. New Zealand are heading into their home tournament in great form after defeating both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in recent series. New Zealand have a great batting line-up with Kane Williamson amongst the best in the world, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and the exciting Corey Anderson. This will be the last World Cup for legends Jayawardene and Sangakkara who, after finishing runners-up the last two times out, will look to bow out with victory. Bangladesh, Scotland and Afghanistan will all be looking to cause upsets, and will fancy their chances of sneaking into a quarter-final spot.

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