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Ian Chappell Reckons Australia Are Joint World Cup Favourites Alongside India And England

“Australia’s spirited revival, plus the pending return of star players now has them on an equal footing with India and England.”

The defending World Cup champions, Australia have been playing some very good cricket in the recent few months. The Aaron Finch-led team registered magnificent T20I and ODI series win against India in their own backyard. Australia also recorded a fabulous ODI series whitewash in the UAE against the proxy host Pakistan team. With three consecutive series wins in their baggage, suddenly the Australian team is also portraying to look as major contenders for the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

Australia has just completed a remarkable resurgence

In his recent column for the Mid-Day, former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell praised the Aussie side for their recent transformation and remarkable resurgence shown in India and then in the UAE against Pakistan. Chappell mentioned that it is a great achievement for the struggling Australian side to perform that well against the top ranked Indian side and then defeat Pakistan in their home territory.

“Australia has just completed a remarkable resurgence, transforming from a struggling ODI side to beat the highly ranked Indian team and follow that with a comprehensive series win over Pakistan in their home territory,” wrote Ian Chappell in his recent column for the Mid-Day.

Chappell noted that the series victory against India was more special as initially the home team was leading the series 2-0, but then the Australian team came back strongly to defeat the hosts by a convincing 3-2 margin. Most importantly four of the star Australian cricketers, Steven Smith, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were not part of the Australian team during both the series. “The victory over India was even more remarkable for the fact that they were at home and led the series 2-nil and Australia was missing four of their top players — two from suspension and an injured pair,” he furthered.

Australia’s spirited revival has them on an equal

The former cricketer further mentioned that after these two series victories and also some players about to make a return, Australia have come in terms with England and India for the 2019 World Cup contention. “Australia’s spirited revival, plus the pending return of star players now has them on an equal footing with India and England as joint favourites to win the World Cup,” concluded Chappell.