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Ross Taylor believes it's too early to pick favourites for World Cup
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Ross Taylor believes it's too early to pick favourites for World Cup

Ross Taylor thinks the World Cup is still wide open and it is too early to pick favourites.

New Zealand have won all three of their matches and currently sit at the top of the table ahead of their clash against India in Nottingham on Thursday.

Taylor said the round-robin format gives ample time for sides to get into their rhythm.

"I think it's still early on. The majority, all nine (other) teams are still, or maybe realistically seven teams still in the hunt," Taylor said.

"I think it's not only the way the draw works out, you know if you can get into a bit of a roll towards the end -- first and foremost, you've got to get into the semi-final."

New Zealand outplayed India in a pre-tournament warm-up game last month.

Taylor said that New Zealand's recent success against India would give them confidence.

"We've faced India a lot in recent times and had some success against them," said Taylor.

"Obviously, two world-class spinners on their day. I think we've had success at different stages. We'll have to wait and see what the wicket produces tomorrow," he added.

Taylor said India would miss Shikhar Dhawan and the chance to open with a left-right batting combination.

"I haven't been in the bowling meetings, but obviously Shikhar is a big loss to India. The presence, he plays very well at ICC (International Cricket Council) tournaments and has a very good record over here," said Taylor.

"Himself and Rohit Sharma have a very good partnership, and I think they complement each other well because they're right and left-handed.

"In terms of our line-up, I think we've had a similar balanced side for a long time, and when you do have a right-left hand combination, it does put pressure in different ways on the bowling opposition."