Australian cricket is currently experiencing one of its toughest periods in international cricket. In the absence of their star players, Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia lost a Test series in the UAE last year and then they conceded the first ever home Test series loss to India. However, they registered a phenomenal series win against Sri Lanka recently. The defending World Cup champions also have a poor record in the limited-overs format since the last 2015 World Cup.
In Smith-Warner’s absence, Australia recently lost the three-match ODI series against both South Africa and India at home. In the current scenario, majority of the cricketing experts around the world are also not even considering the four-time World Cup winners as a major contender for the upcoming 2019 World Cup, scheduled to be contested in England and Wales later this year.
However, the reigning World Cup champions delivered a sensational performance to cleansweep the recently concluded two-match T20I series against India in their own backyard. Australia also staged a remarkable comeback in the ODI series by winning the third ODI in Ranchi by a convincing margin.
Usman Khawaja absent from Mark Taylor’s World Cup playing XI
Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor recently picked his Australian playing XI for the upcoming mega event. Aaron Finch will be leading Taylor’s World Cup team. He has included both the tainted duo, Steve Smith and David Warner in his playing eleven. Trevor Hohns, the Chairman of the National Selection Panel, recently mentioned that both Warner and Smith will be playing in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to prove their fitness. “The Warner-Smith factor will be real in England. Big time real,” quoted Mark Taylor.
However, the headlining point from Taylor’s squad is the absence of Usman Khawaja, who recently scored his maiden ODI century in the third match against India. He has picked the likes of Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis in the middle-order. In the bowling department, the former Aussie cricketer has included Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc as the fast bowlers, while Nathan Lyon is the lone spinner in his playing XI.
Mark Taylor’s Australia playing XI for World Cup 2019
Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.