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James Anderson admitted he has had to reassess in his own mind England's chances of winning the World Cup following their enthralling one-day international series draw against the West Indies. (stock photo)
James Anderson admitted he has had to reassess in his own mind England's chances of winning the World Cup following their enthralling one-day international series draw against the West Indies. (stock photo)

By David Charlesworth

James Anderson admitted he has had to reassess in his own mind England's chances of winning the World Cup following their enthralling one-day international series draw against the West Indies.

England have risen to the top of the ODI rankings and are favourites to finally clinch a maiden 50-over global crown on home soil, but they were recently given a reality check in the Caribbean.

With buccaneering powerhouse Chris Gayle to the fore, the Windies - who made it through the World Cup qualifying tournament by the skin of their teeth last year - pushed England to their limits.

The Windies almost chased down 419 before blowing away Eoin Morgan's tourists for 113 to secure a 2-2 stalemate, prompting Anderson to acknowledge that any of the 10 teams are capable of going all the way this summer.

The 36-year-old said: "I'd be really disappointed if England don't make the semis.

"Before the one-day series my head was nailed on and thinking 'we're definitely winning it'.

"But then 2-2 against the West Indies, I know slightly different conditions, but it has not necessarily told me that England weren't up to it but just showed the West Indies are still a threat.

"So in my head now, there are 10 teams that can potentially get into the semi-finals.

"I'm still hopeful that England can go all the way."

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