Australian Squad for the World Cup
Cricket Australia announced their team for World Cup 2019, starting May 30th. This squad marks the come back of David Warner and Steve Smith. While the squad is similar to the ones they fielded against Pakistan and India, the only change being the addition of the two players making their comeback. The squad looks pretty balanced and seems like they have a problem of plenty to deal with.
Probable Xi (In batting sequence): Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson/Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Starc
Reference: ICC / Facebook page
Players to look forward to
One of the most destructive hitters in world cricket, Warner opens for Australia in all three formats. His current stint in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad has landed him a place in the Australian squad. Also, making a comeback in the squad after almost a year, this is his chance to redeem himself!
Also making a comeback to the team is ex-captain, Steven Smith. He started his Test career as a legspinner who batted at No.8; by the time he was named Australia’s captain five years later, he was the No.1 Test batsman in the world and no more than an occasional bowler. Smith’s talent was apparent early, but as a young batsman he had more moving parts than an orchestra, only they didn’t always work in harmony. He went away and worked on his game and returned to the Test side two years later with a much tighter technique. He still fidgeted between balls but could play every shot in the book, and a few more that defied words besides. Despite being only 25 at the time his maturity in the role was evident, and the extra responsibility clearly didn’t hamper his run-making. It became clear that Smith was to be Clarke’s successor, a move that was confirmed after Clarke’s retirement at the end of the 2015 Ashes in England. It was also clear that Smith had become the most important batsman in Australia’s team; his 215 in the win at Lord’s came after a promotion up the order to No.3. As Smith’s batting developed his bowling became less frequently sighted, although he could still land the odd fizzing leg break and winkle out a wicket or two. In the field, Smith’s athleticism and instinct stand out, even in a high-quality fielding side like Australia. He has also become a key man in Australia’s ODI side and was his country’s leading run scorer in their triumphant 2015 World Cup campaign.