With the World Cup 2019 just 13 days away, the ten participating teams have started to make the last pointer preparations for the upcoming showpiece event. Majority of the teams have already announced their respective 15-member squads for the 50-overs quadrennial event scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales. The World Cup will see Australia defend the prestigious title, which they won by defeating the Kiwis in the finals of 2015 edition in their own backyard.
But since then they struggled in the 50-over format losing most of the matches only to find their groove in the last couple of months. Last year, not many would’ve given Australia a chance to go all the way after being whitewashed by England in the five-match series. However, they defeated India in their own backyard and then whitewashed Pakistan in the UAE and are currently on a winning streak of eight matches in the format.
Australia’s chances of becoming a six-time World Champions have gotten a boost by the timely returns of former skipper Steve Smith and explosive opener David Warner.
They know the conditions in England really well
During a recent interview, former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble mentioned that the Men in Yellow have been at the top of their game in the ICC tournaments previously. With Nathan Lyon also included alongside the leggie Adam Zampa, the spin-bowling duo will play a crucial role for them in the middle overs. Having said that, Kumble felt that their bowlers should remain injury free for Australia to go all the way in the World Cup.
“They’ve always done well in the World Cup and they have a good strong squad. They know the conditions in England really well and I think they have the ability to go all the way. Australia have had the success of knowing and being a part of a winning team that certainly is important in a World Cup tournament. They should definitely make it to the semis,” quoted Anil Kumble on Australia’s chances in the upcoming showpiece event.
The all-important 50-overs quadrennial 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.