ICC mega-events are being dominated in terms of champions as team AUS has won five Cricket World Cup titles. In the ongoing WC, the question arises in mind Can Australia Win 2019 Cricket World Cup? Yes AUS has the potential to win the title for the sixth time. So many players are in the recent form who can play a vital role for their team to win the title. Predicting World Cup 2019 winner solely depends on how a team performs, as well as other groups are playing. Given the recent rise of England, New Zealand, India and Australia may be the contenders of semi-finalists.
But if South Africa iron out opening, lower order, and middle-order issue, they could be semi-finalist contenders and Pakistan give their best on their day given their unpredictability nature. Australia can’t be undermined, especially when it comes to the Cricket World Cup. The team has most World Cup wins a record of five times when no other country has won it more than twice. As it’s said that “Class is permanent and form is temporary”. The team is pretty odd in defending titles and slightly less this time to round up with recent performances, as Pakistan Squad for 2019-Australia Tour of UAE, Pakistan rested its main Top order, middle-order batsman, all-rounders and inform bowlers.
Aussies have played plenty of cricket in England. They have experienced conditions, but some Australian haven’t a good experience in England for playing in death-overs, as a useful death-over specialist in today’s cricket must be part of the squad. Australian has won the 1999 Cricket World Cup in England, and there is no reason to win again in 2019. Australia can undoubtedly defend their title World Cup in 2019. The cricket team of Australia is currently at the 5th position for ICC ODI rankings with 108 rating, 5701 points and a weighted average of 53 One Day International, after whitewashing of Pakistan with 5-0 series win in UAE recently.
Dean Jones Interview
“Dear to Dream” Dean Jones Expresses his Concerns about Australia Team Position. Dean Jones former Australian batsman feels that Australia can win ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by saying “Dare to dream”. Jones was part of the 1987 Cricket World Cup-winning squad, he says Australia needs improvements in different areas of the top-order batting line up and death over bowling. 1987 World Cup champion Australia lost five consecutive matches before going to the World Cup group stage and were the worst-ranked team to win a World Cup. Australia improved some of its weaknesses and was getting better with each game.
He added in by saying that each player in Australia squad for WC 1987 knew that they are still developing as a squad and knew everyone’s role within the team. Australia Cricket ODI Form since 2018; Australia has won just three matches out of 18 games played during the year 2018. The team slipped in ICC ODI rankings at the no.6 position but just improved to no. 5 posts after a series win with 3-2 against India and whitewashed Pakistan in five one day international series with a 5-0 win.
Jones wrote in a column for The Age “ Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, and Steve Smith; these four men can win games off their own bat”. Dean expresses his concerns over Australia’s bowling attack looks like fearsome with three pacers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the ranks. But Jone feels that death over bowling is something worrying for team Australia and he recommends that leg spinner Fawad Ahmed be incorporated into the team to put pressure on oppositions in the middle overs and expresses concerns about the death bowling.
Jones Key Points
Dean Jones wrote, “We need to get wickets in the middle overs”.
Jones is concerned about getting more wickets in the middle overs, as he shows his concern about death bowling. He wrote that Josh Hazlewood could do the job, but does he have variety and pace required if a batsman is set? If not, who will bowl our final two overs with Starc?” Australia needs solid preparation in death bowling as immediately after the Cricket World Cup 2019, Australia has to prepare themselves for a testing Ashes series in England itself. Australia hasn’t won Ashes series since 2001 an away series.
“Everyone is understandably worried about our batting in the swinging, seaming conditions. I am more worried about our bowling. If we can get this right from the start, I feel Australia will retain the urn.” The double of a World Cup and an Ashes sounds far-fetched even at the best of times, but if Australia somehow manages to pull it off, it will be the realisation of a dream. “We have the resources. Australia can deliver. Dare to dream, boys. Dare to dream,” concludes Jones.
Australia won the 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cup under superman Ricky Ponting captaincy. Ricky Ponting, the assistant coach for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, believes that Australia will be one of the leading contenders for the title, irrespective of their last year performances. However, they have made a great comeback during India and Pakistan series. During a troublesome period for Australia team in 2018 as Australia won 3 matches out of 13 in one-day internationals. Australia Cricket Board brought on board Ponting, who is three times World Cup winner -twice as captain, as Justin Langer’s assistant for the mega tournament World Cup 2019.
Ponting said, currently England and India are probable standouts for Cricket World Cup 2019, Australia can defend the title if Smith and Warner back into that line-up and conditions suits our playstyle so that Australia will be one of the World Cup contenders. Ricky Ponting said, “World Cups very rarely run exactly to plan” but he believes the returns of David Warner and Steve Smith will give Australia a strong chance to win the Cricket World Cup 2019.
Former legendary leg spinner, Shane Warne also stressed that Smith and Warner return would secure the Australian batting line up. On their one year ban from international cricket, Warne said: “You freshen your mind up, you become hungry again, and realise how important cricket is to you. He replied with, “Sometimes, having an enforced lay off – like I’m used to, I had 12 months off myself – what that means is you become fresh,” once questioned has a ban affected their career.
On the return of Smith and Warner, legendary spinner added that both “will be hungry” after their comeback to perform and prove themselves once again, that’s why the tips that Australia can defend the title by winning the ICC World Cup 2019. Shane Warne expresses his concern about balance in their team. He thinks that the Australian squad will not be in balance in the absence of Warner and Smith. While choosing his best 15 men squad for World Cup 2019, Shane Warne skipped Usman Khawaja.
However, Khawaja has been consistent and leading run-scorer with 769 runs in 13 matches with an average of 59.15 in one-day internationals for Australia during 2018. Legendary spinner Shane Warner picked D’Arcy Short instead of Usman Khawaja, whereas D’Arch has just played four one day international games and hasn’t played since November 2018. According to him, D’Arcy Short should open with David Warner, Australian captain Aaron Finch moved to bat No. Three and Steve Smith at two down position to strengthen top orders.
Shane Warne made up middle order with Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey. He picked up Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa for completing his Australia XI. Warne believes Steve Smith and David Warner will take advantage of the one-year suspension and pull Australia into a position to win the World Cup. Apart from different opinions Australia star leg-break spinner Shane Warne said, both Smith and Warner have been out of competitive cricket for one year, will deliver their best to get Australia into the mainstream of being contenders of World Cup 2019 Championship.
Smith and Warner were vital members of Australia’s World Cup-winning team in 2015, as both have batting averages of 41.84 and 43.43 respectively. They may get nervous at an earlier stage but will rock later after the first two games and will be in their natural form.
Key Player – Squad
The most competitive tournament ICC World Cup is just around the corner to take place. New Zealand and Australia jointly hosted the last edition of the Cricket World Cup, co-hosts knocked out all 12 teams out of 14 and found themselves in the final. AUS won the 2015 World Cup and became 5th time champion. Australia can defend its title if five players put in their 100%, but make sure before it all depends upon how teams perform at this mega event. The unit can lift the title to claim their 6th and 50% world cup win as it’s 12th World Cup edition.
The availability of Steve Smith and David Warner will strengthen Australia’s position to become champions, but both returns are subject to their fitness and selection in the World Cup squad.
Incredibly built aggressive batsman Aaron Finch is currently Australia’s ODI and t20 captain. Finch has proved himself a valuable asset for Cricket Australia for his devastating batting style at the top of the order. Aaron had scored back-to-back centuries against England during the last Australia tour of England 2018. He scored almost three centuries, and an average of 45 in 2018, while Australia won just three matches out of 18, played.
Finch continues scoring against Australia tour of India and Australia tour of Pakistan earlier this World Cup year 2019. He scored his ODI highest 152 runs against Pakistan forming a solid partnership with Usman Khawaja and Australia whitewashed Pakistan in five ODI matches series. Finch is informed now after winning two series earlier this earlier, can provide Australia flying start in the World Cup with his destructive batting style.
Ian Chappell; The ‘worst thing’ that happened to Aaron Finch
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell (1971-75) believes that after Steve Smith and David Warner, the worst thing the happened to Aaron Finch national selectors has “hell of a headache” given their limited over T20 captain. Aaron Finch as he is sinking deeper into batting slumps. He thinks Aaron Finch is playing without any confidence, which has been a crucial part of his ODI batting.
Shaun Marsh had two fantastic tournaments earlier in February and March when Australia took over a series win against India and Pakistan. Shaun is a critical player in Aussies middle-order. Marsh has scored 2747 runs in 71 ODI’s with an average of 41.62, 7 centuries, 15 fifties with a strike rate of 81.48.
His averages were close to 60 during Aussies 2018 different ODI’s. He is ultimately helpful in prospect the team across the finish line. Marsh averages in 2018 were to close to 60, and in recent ODI series with Pakistan and India, he scored a singleton. If the same form continues, Marsh will be a vital cog for the Aussies in the World Cup.
In the middle order, Australia has Glenn Maxwell an experienced, real power and pressure handler. Glenn has played 100 ODI and scored 2700 runs with an average of 33.33. The destructive right-handed victorian decent Maxwell has potential in the current Aussie lineup to win single-handedly matches. Glenn gets on a bat with quick runs and transfers the pressure back to the opposition at his will instead of being pressurised. Recently Maxwell single-handedly won matches for Australia during Australia tour to India and Australia visit to UAE (Pakistan).
Maxwell is an all-around performer, an excellent part-time spinner who bowls middle overs for his team can pick one or two wickets in a crucial time. Aussies team management have a hell amount of confidence and consider that he can be their man to win the World Cup in 2019.
The left-arm pacer, Mitchell Starc can be the key to the Aussies team to win this 2019 World Cup for Australia. Starcy has the lowest bowling averages in recent times compared to all bowlers in other competitive nations at a staggering average of just 21 in ODI. Mitchell is one of the best fast bowlers, Australia has ever produced in one day international and limited-overs cricket. Stacy has picked up 145 wickets in 75 ODI’s with just an average of 21.
Starc has been sensational at the 2015 World Cup. He picked up 22 wickets in 8 matches with an economy of 3.50 and an average of 10.18 during the 2015 World Cup and picked up his career-best 6/28 in the World Cup. Mitchell Starc (Aus) and Trent Boult (NZ) both picked up 22 wickets stood equal as most wickets in 2015 WC. Starc will have a significant role to play in making inroads for Australia. Starc can help Australia to lift the World Cup trophy for the 6th time.
Patrick Cummins is a lethal fast bowler and right hands with the bat. Cummins have been very consistent for Australia in long formats. He is a valuable asset for Aussies who can bowl well with Mitchell Starc in opening overs. Cummins have taken 82 wickets in 48 matches with the economy of 2.50 runs per over at a decent average of 26.54. Cummins can be a real force to reckon with the rest of the team during the World Cup 2019, as he can bowl at a good pace and.
Smith and Warner
Smith and Warner will be named in Australia’s 15-man World Cup squad if fit. Justin Langer, Australian team head coach, added if Finch and Marsh are included in the World Cup squad it will leave Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Turner pitted against each other at the selection table. Khawaja in an interview said that I worked hard to make a comeback into my ODI format, if Warner and Smith return, they will be welcomed cause both have been amazing in ODI format are world-class players. Australia 15-man world cup squad will be finalised by April 23, as it’s the last date for submission of the team to the International Cricket Council.
The training camp will include an un-official 50-over practice match against New Zealand, and Black Caps have opted not to recall their major players form IPL. Usman and Marsh have 5 ODI series recently with Pakistan in UAE, although Australia whitewashed Pakistan both middle-order batsmen may not fit within scintillating World Cup 2019 matches provided that Steve Smith and Warner return. Nathan Lyon exceeded the expectations in test cricket, as he has not been so impressive in ODI’s. Mitchell Star played white-ball cricket for Australia, and I don’t expect him to have a memorable World Cup Winning.
Power Line – Australia
The Aussies have best all-rounder performers including Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, the bowling looks complete although lack of wickets but can strike of their time. The team bowls a stump-to-stump line, denying themselves early wickets and often pitched short or wide. Australia has fallen behind in the spinning department; wrist-spin has emerged as a critical weapon in one-day internationals. AUS bowling department is full of pacers but lacking with a leggie spinner.
Zampa added into it, but can’t bowl in death overs. Australian other oppositions have wrist spinners like England have leggie Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali extracting bounce and spin, India have Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and Pakistan have Shadab Khan. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon is Australia’s most excellent finger spinner, but he concentrated for Test cricket and haven’t played enough ODI cricket for Australia. He has been overlooked regularly for the 50-overs format. Nathan has played 25 ODI with an average of 44.34 and an economy of 4.5. Lynn will not dive for fear of injuring his troublesome shoulder. Could that cost a winning run?
The team Aussies have great and in-form batsman including Warner, Smith, Khawaja, Finch, Marsh, and Maxwell. Because without an in-form batsman Smith and Warner haven’t played international cricket during the last year. Does Australia have enough firepower to post reliable or big totals?
Suitable for the confidence’: Adam Zampa on his impressive run against Virat Kohli
Adam Zampa has been very impressive during Australia series with India and Australia series with Pakistan. Zampa played his essential role as a leg spinner, especially in death over a stage. His confidence boosted when he dismissed Indian star batsman Virat Kohli twice in a week and trapped him in an lbw and gave a fightback that gave Australia team for defending 236/7 runs target against the Indian active batting line.
Yes, Australia can win the World Cup title for the 6th time. Provided that Australia makes a wise squad selection for Cricket World Cup 2019.
- I am playing to score 350 in an innings going all out at the end of the game.
- If AUS strengthens their top-order batting line with opening Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja/David Warner.
- Australia opted to 2nd wicket Shaun Marsh or Khawaja and two down with Steve Smith.
- In middle order Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
- Australia doesn’t have enough power in the bowling unit for death overs. Zampa can be critical in death overs, but he has been pretty expensive in the recent past.
Best of luck Australia the defending champion 2015 Cricket World Cup for upcoming mega event 2019 Cricket World Cup