With the 2019 World Cup fast approaching, the preparations are going on a rapid flow in the Australian camp, who are gearing up to defend the title that they won by defeating joint hosts New Zealand in the finals of the 2015 edition of the tournament. With two fantastic series victories against India and Australia in their own backyards on their back and the return of the two mainstays, David Warner and Steve Smith, the reigning champions are surely looking as one of the top contenders to win the coveted title.
However, they are still some concerns with respect to the combination of the team especially the batting order, which the Aussie team management will be taking addressal. Former Australian cricketer Simon Katich feels that the problem of plenty would be a stressing area for the defending champions.
Australian team has a problem of plenty
With the likes of skipper Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja carrying the load of the Australian batting order in the absence of Smith and Warner, they are sure shot starters in the playing XI. However, both the tainted duo of Smith and Warner are also in a great form and thus, Katich feels it would be difficult to settle out the top-order in the upcoming World Cup matches. The pair of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell has also showed the potential to bat up the order.
“They are both quality players and their records speak for themselves. The hard part is the Australian team has a problem of plenty particularly in the top four. Both of them are top four players. There is (Usman) Khawaja, (Aaron) Finch, Shaun Marsh, and the two and these guys will try to fit into four slots. Then there is (Glenn) Maxwell, (Marcus) Stoinis. It’s going to be a tough selection call,” quoted Simon Katich.
This is the first time when both Warner and Smith are taking part in the Australian team practice sessions officially since the infamous ball-tampering incident that took place in South Africa in March 2018. “They will welcome back the experience of Smith and Warner,” Katich added.
“The balance with the batting line-up is what they need to get right,” the former Aussie all-rounder concluded.