With the World Cup 2019 just 11 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.
And now with the aim of grabbing their fifth title in six editions, the defending champions are also preparing hard for the upcoming showpiece event. Aussie head coach Justin Langer reckons that it is very important to stick to the basic formulas as that guarantees success. With two big ODI series victories against India and Pakistan on their back, Australians are feeling very much confident to do well at the upcoming tournament.
"We've been hearing it for 12 months (about change of plans). We've shown if we stick to the formula then we'll have some success. It's as simple as that," quoted Justin Langer.
"And when it comes to playing India and England, it's just like match play, we're just going to have to compete harder and be ready for them. In terms of scores, a lot will have to do with the grounds we play on, the conditions, whether we're chasing or setting, all those sorts of things but we're really clear on the game plan. We showed in India and in Dubai that if we stick to it, we'll score big enough scores to win games of cricket,” he added.
We love our cricket
Langer talked about people constantly saying them to play like England, India or New Zealand, but he stated that they will keep playing like Australia have done it in the past. He noted that the team is aware about the importance of sticking to the Australian ways of playing great cricket.
"We love our cricket and we've been good at it. When everyone says we've got to start playing like England or start playing like New Zealand or start playing like India, no - we'll keep playing like Australia because we've won four of the past five World Cups and that's something to be proud of. The boys are aware of it and we know if we stick to the Australian way of playing great cricket... history has shown we'll be pretty good," entailed Langer.