The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is upon with just about 9 days left for the start of the biggest cricket exhibition on the planet. The 12th edition of the world cup is scheduled to start from May 30 to June 14.
Australia has been the most successful team in the history of the ICC World Cup. The team has conquered five world cup titles in the past 11 editions played so far. The Kangaroos won their first world cup title in 1987 before winning a hat trick of world cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007. They will also enter the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the defending champions as the team won their fifth world cup title at the ICC World Cup 2015 on their home soil.
The team has played 85 world cup matches so far, which is the highest by any team. Australia also enjoys the top position of having the highest win percentage among all the teams playing the world cup. Its overall win-loss record at the world cups is 61-21.
Australia is always considered to be the favourites to win the world cup title right from the ICC World Cup 1975. The team was going through a rough patch in the last two years, however, the latest resurrection helped them to peak at the right moment. Australia looks good to defend their World Cup title.
Australia has a strong pace attack with the likes of Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff. Leg-spinner, Adam Zampa will also play a key role in Australia’s bowling line up. Zampa has been the highest wicket-taker for Australia in the ODIs this year.
Australia has not picked any back-up wicketkeeper in their squad. The top-order looks strong but the middle-order is a big worry for the Kangaroos.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch feels confident coming into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad after a ball-tampering scandal.
Finch said, “I’m very excited. The fact that everyone is together, everyone’s getting on great, the boys have pumped it literally is the time of your life — a World Cup.”
Australia will face the hosts, England in one of the most exciting matches in their first warm-up match on May 25 at the Hampshire Bowl. They’ll again play at the Hampshire Bowl against Sri Lanka on May 27 in their last warm-up game.
Australia will start their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign against Afghanistan on June 1. They’ll play against West Indies on June 6 before facing their arch-rivals, India on June 9. The Kangaroos will play against three Asian teams in their next three matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on June 12, 15 and 20 respectively. They’ll play three tough teams in their last three matches against England, New Zealand and South Africa on June 25, 29 and July 6 respectively.
Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.
Steve Smith and David Warner came back into the squad after being banned from the playing cricket for one year following the ball-tampering scandal.
Australia is one of the strongest team to beat after the coming of in-form David Warner and Steve Smith into the squad. They certainly are the favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 title.