Former West Indies captain Brian Lara feels hosts England have a great chance of winning the ICC Champions Trophy, which begins next week.
"The ICC Champions Trophy was always one of the high points of my career, especially playing in the final at The Oval in 2004," Lara was quoted as saying in a Cricbuzz report.
"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,” Lara went on to add in the report.
England will play Bangladesh in their first match at The Oval.
--By A Cricket Correspondent