For the first time in the two decades, Australian team are going to the World Cup being not considered as favourite. Yes, they are resourceful but is it enough ? Let’s find out what’s in the bag of this five-time world champions.
WC Squad : Aaron Finch (Cap), Steve Smith, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Counternile, Adam zampa, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendroff, Kane Richardson.
Strengths : The Australia is very much known to handle pressure at the times which matter the most and that quality led them to ODI series win against India in their own home. The return of Steve Smith and David Warner will definitely boost the morale of the campaign and they both look at great touch in IPL too. With the inclusion of these two, the right balance found its way straight away and the mighty hitter Glenn Maxwell’s sublime form and Stoinis’ all-round abilities are the major strengths of the Kangaroos.
Weaknesses : This is the weakest pace attack that the Aussies has ever had. Pat Cummins adaptability is the only pro for their team and Start need to find rhythm straight away in this round robin league. Two spinners are not the best when compared to others with the flat tracks that England possesses these bowlers have to pull something extraordinary to defend moderate totals. Middle Order of this team is worrisome as Carey alone is in good touch so far and after Maxwell you can’t trust any.
To lift the World Cup : One of the top three should step up in each and every game and Khawaja has stop continue his terrific form. If Starc will be able to repeat his 2015 heroics, then it will be easy for the inexperienced bowlers like Behrendroff to step up. Maxwell is the decisive factor in most of the games and his form is important along with Stoinis’ handy contribution in the middle.
Expectations : Never rule Australia out of the game.
Will reach Semi Final and if big players proves their worth there after, they might surprise you with their 6th title.