Lara betting on England
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has tipped England to win the Champions Trophy beginning next week.
While disappointed not to be watching the West Indies in action at this year's tournament, Lara -- who led his country to Champions Trophy glory in 2004 -- insists England have what it takes to go all the way on home soil.
"The ICC Champions Trophy was always one of the high points of my career, especially playing in the final at The Oval in 2004," said Lara. "I understand that this year's tournament is going to be bigger and better than ever, so it's going to be an awesome experience for the fans and us former cricketers to see who is going to lift the trophy.
"I think in these conditions, England will be my firm favourites. After losing out to the West Indies in the World T20, you look at the team now and they have some exciting players.
"England, in the past, would have maybe an Ian Botham or a [Andrew] Flintoff, but now you can look at the entire team and it's very one-day cricket oriented.
"Today, you look at the England team and you've got players playing in the IPL, and players who are astonishing with both the bat and ball."
Former England batsman Trott was a member of that squad who just missed out on success at Edgbaston, but, like Lara, is confident the 2017 team can right the wrongs of years gone by.