England vs South Africa, LIVE: follow the action like 2019 Cricket World Cup opener sees tournament hosts against Faf du Plessis and Co aan de Oval
- The Cricket World Cup in 2019 starts on Thursday as England hosts South Africa
- England is not only favorite for the game, but to win the entire tournament
- Today it is the first of nine group matches for England before the knockout phases
The 2018 World Cup cricket starts on Thursday with the advance of host country England in South Africa on the Oval.
England starts the summer as favorites to lift the trophy on July 14, but the Proteas – with their side full of stars like Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Captain Faf du Plessis – should not be taken lightly.
Both teams will gladly start with a win, but the format of the tournament – all 10 teams playing each other once, with the top four to the semi-final – must also allow them to play in the opener without too much fear from Thursday.
The game starts at 10.30 a.m. Sportsmail& # 39; s DANIEL MATTHEWS offers live editing and text commentary from 9.30 am.
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England's captain, Eoin Morgan, is leading his side in the fight against South Africa on Thursday
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