Jason Behrendorff: England still favourite for World Cup

England remains the favourite to win the title, even in the wake of a crushing defeat to Australia, according to fast bowler Jason Behrendorff.

Fruitful outing: Jason Behrendorff gestures after claiming a five-wicket haul at Lord's on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Jason Behrendorff rejected suggestions Australia is the team to beat after it dealt England's World Cup hopes another blow with a comfortable win at Lord's.

Called into the side in place of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Behrendorff, making only his second appearance of the tournament, got his name on the Lord's honours board with a five-for as England crumbled in pursuit of a modest total of 286.

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While the host nation and tournament favourite's prospects of reaching the last four can now be firmly called into question, Australia perhaps has the opportunity to relax, with the defending champion's victory over its Ashes rival securing it a spot in the semis. But Behrendorff does not believe the tag of favourite has transferred to the five-time winner of the competition despite its excellent performance at the home of cricket.

"No, I don't think so," Behrendorff said when asked in a media conference if Australia is the team to beat.

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"I think it's something that the competition is still very open. England are still a great side. They are probably still favourites, home country. We aspire to continue just playing good cricket. So I don't think we're favourites, that's for sure.

"Every game that we can win is massive. Especially in a tournament like this, you always talk a lot about momentum, and that's something that's really important. So to continue winning, to continue playing good cricket, we're slowly getting better and better each time and today was another really good result for us."

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