The reigning World Cup champions, Australia, have taken the first major step in their title defense as they have announced the final 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The all-important 50-overs mega event will be kicking off with the opening game between hosts England and South Africa on May 30 in London. While Australia will be starting its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.
The biggest positive from Australia’s perspective is that both David Warner and Steve Smith are included in that World Cup squad. However, Australia recently suffered a huge blow as their premier pacer Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder dislocation. Recently, former legendary fast bowler and two-time World Cup winner, Brett Lee reckoned that Australia have a chance to go as far as they would like.
During a recent conversation, Lee mentioned that whichever team adapts to the English conditions will do very well in the upcoming World Cup. “They can go as far as they want to go. They are a good team. There has been an injury for one of the fast bowlers and Jhye Richardson is out of the World Cup, but Kane Richardson has been brought in. Look, any side that goes to the World Cup will be very well prepared. It’s all about who adapts well to the English wickets,” quoted Brett Lee.
Wickets aren’t going to be really conducive to fast bowling in the WC says Brett Lee
Lee noted that time period should be kept in mind when the World Cup is taking place and that is June-July. He stated that the wickets won’t provide much of assistance to the fast bowlers as they usually do. “We’ve got to keep in mind what time the tournament will be played. It is in June and July and the wickets over there aren’t really conducive to fast bowling at that time of the year,” Lee added.
The former fast bowler also mentioned that the theory which states that the World Cup in England will be a bowler’s wicket is not necessarily a case here. The veteran noted that the new ball will provide much assistance, but once the shine goes off, it will be hard work for the fast bowlers.
“So a lot of people think it will be a bowler’s wicket, but it’s not necessarily the case. I think they will be okay with the brand new ball, but once the shine goes from the ball it’s going to be hard work for the fast bowlers,” the veteran pacer concluded.