Former South African skipper Shaun Pollock has predicted an England-India clash in the finals of the ongoing edition of the World Cup. Pollock said that his pick was always England and India for the finals and that despite New Zealand being a strong team with consistent performance, the Men in Blue and the Lions were more powerful than the Black Caps.
The former South African pacer said that India would emerge victorious in their clash against New Zealand at Old Trafford on 9 July. Terming New Zealand as a 'dark horse', Pollock said that the Black Caps were not as powerful as India were and hence it would be tough for them to beat the world number 2 team.
"We haven't seen New Zealand perform that well in this tournament, and I have always considered New Zealand to be the dark horse. For me, India should come out clean as they are the more powerful side and are the in-form team. Also, the group stage game between the two had been washed out, therefore, there cannot be any previous comparison to make", he said.
Pollock picked England to be the favourites in the second semi-final which will see an Ashes preview - Australia versus England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 11 July. He said that despite Australia beating England during the group stage, the England side had become stronger, especially after Jason Roy returned to the team, and that the English have a home advantage.
"I just feel that the injuries will hamper the performance of the Australians. Mitchell Starc seemed to be struggling a little bit in the last game. The team will have to make tough calls. Jason Roy has been on top of his game since his return and has provided the much-needed boost to the top-order of the Englan batting. For me, England would emerge as the winners in this contest", he said.
The South African commentator said that an England-India final clash was always on his cards and that he had made the prediction when the tournament started.