ICC World Cup 2019 – Team Australia, Probable XI, Past Record, Fantasy Ratings, Fixtures

If there is one team that always goes into the ICC ODI World Cups as one of the strong favourites, it is Australia. The men from down-under have won this trophy a record 5 times, showing just how dominant a force they have been in the tournament over the years. The Aussies made history by completing a hat-trick of titles, winning the World Cup comprehensively in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

This success was often attributed to the golden generation of cricketers coming through the ranks, with an aura of invincibility around the team. When this strong core of players retired eventually, rival fans throughout the world were of the opinion that maybe this would lead to a slight release in the vice like grip the Aussies seem to have had on the World Cup. While the team did bow out early in the 2011 edition, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual winners India, Australia was back with a roar and won the 2015 edition of the tournament.

The period over the last year or so has been a challenging one for the players, the board and the fans. The infamous ball tampering scandal led to two of the most prominent players being banned for one year, with the team losing its way slightly. In the absence of skipper Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner, the team embarked on a dismal run, winning just 2 out of 13 games.

However, with the team finally settling under the leadership of Aaron Finch, the turn of the year has also seen an upturn in the fortunes. Australia are currently on an 8 match winning run in ODIs, which includes beating heavyweights India in their territory and a series win against Pakistan. With Smith and Warner coming back into the fold, the team’s batting looks a lot stronger, with most players being in good form recently. The pace bowling unit remains as strong as ever, led ably by the fiery Mitchell Starc. We take a look at the squad for the upcoming World Cup and whether the team can be expected to defend its title successfully.

Full Squad:

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon and Kane Richardson.

Probable Playing XI:

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.

Past record in the World Cups:

1979Eliminated in group stage
1983Eliminated in group stage
1992Eliminated in round-robin
2011Eliminated in quarter-finals
Australia are strong contenders as always and are further strengthened with the return of David Warner and Steve Smith. (Photo by Mark Kerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Current Fantasy Ratings based on recent performances:

Aaron Finch:

The captain and opener for Australia kept himself out of IPL 2019 to prepare well for the 50 over game. He had a solid series against Pakistan scoring 2 fifties and 2 centuries in the bargain. Finch has a solid average of 39.33 in ODIs and a decent strike rate of 88.16. Rating: 7.5/10

David Warner:

David Warner came out of his ban with a flourishing performance during IPL 2019. Warner came out of the IPL as the Orange Cap holder for highest run-getter. He scored 692 runs in just 12 matches scoring 8 fifties and a century at an average of 69.20. Rating: 9/10

Usman Khawaja:

Usman Khawaja continued is brilliant form as an opener from the India series to the series in Pakistan. He got 3 fifty run scores against Pakistan and has continued playing well in the pre-world cup warm up matches. Khawaja averages 44.21 in ODIs and is a solid choice to bat at number three if Australia goes with Warner as the opener. Rating: 8/10

Steven Smith:

Smith took a little time to find his feet again in IPL 2019 after being banned from cricket for a year. He managed 319 runs in 12 matches of the IPL with a high score of 73 not out. Smith continued with a healthy average of 39.87 in the IPL. He has played a good hand in the warm up games scoring 76 against West Indies and 116 against England. Rating: 8/10

Glenn Maxwell:

Maxwell kept himself out of IPL 2019 and took part in the English County season to get used to the conditions in England. Maxwell is a veteran of 100 ODIs and averages 33.33 with the bat and has a healthy economy rate of 5.56. He also picked up 2 wickets and scored 18 runs with the bat against West Indies in their first warm up game. Rating: 6.5/10

Marcus Stoinis:

Stoinis joined the IPL 2019 bandwagon a little late after performing in Australia’s tour with Pakistan. Marcus Stoinis provided much needed meat to the RCB batting order in IPL scoring 211 runs in 10 games at an average of 52.75. Stoinis averages 38.52 with the bat and has a healthy economy rate of 6.14 as a part-time bowler. Rating: 7/10

Alex Carey:

Carey is the first choice wicketkeeper for Australia during the World Cup. He is pretty fresh to ODI cricket having played only 19 matches. Carey has a high score of 55 and an average of 30.64. Rating: 5.5/10

Pat Cummins:

In the wake of the ball tampering scandal, Pat Cummins became the spearhead of the Australian attack. In the recently concluded series in India, Cummins took 14 wickets in the ODIs with 3+ wicket hauls thrice. Cummins has started the warm-up games well, taking 2 wickets against the West Indies. Rating: 8.5/10

Nathan Coulter-Nile:

Coulter-Nile is one of the most gifted athletes of Australian cricket. He played well in the series against India and took 4 wickets in 3 games. In the Pakistan series he took 7 wickets while participating in only 3 games. Coulter-Nile is handy with the bat but impresses with the ball in the middle overs of ODI cricket with an amazing economy rate of 5.47. Rating: 6.5/10

Mitchell Starc:

Mitchell Starc has been out of the game for some time owing to injury and did not take part in the IPL or the Pakistan series that Australia played in. His last international game was a Test match against Sri Lanka where he took 5/54 and 5/46 in two innings. Starc is back in the lineup for Australia and took 2 wickets against West Indies in the warm-up game. Rating: 7/10

Adam Zampa:

Adam Zampa is the first choice spinner for Australia occasionally alternating with Nathan Lyon. Zampa took 7 wickets in the series against Pakistan and has a healthy ODI economy rate of 5.59. Rating 6.5/10

The last time Australia was in England (Most Recent Tour):

Venue Result Highest run-scorer Highest wicket-taker
Trent Bridge ENG: 481/6, AUS: 239; ENG won by 242 runs Travis Head – 51 Jhye Richardson  – 3/92
Riverside AUS: 310/8, ENG: 314/4; ENG won by 6 wickets Shaun Marsh – 101 Ashton Agar – 2/48
Old Trafford AUS: 205 ENG: 208/9; ENG won by 1 wicket Travis Head – 56 Billy Stanlake – 3/35

Australia Fixtures

Date Opponent Venue
1st June 2019 Afghanistan Bristol
6th June 2019 West Indies Nottingham
9th June 2019 India London
12th June 2019 Pakistan Taunton
15th June 2019 Sri Lanka London
20th June 2019 Bangladesh Nottingham
25th June 2019 England London
29th June 2019 New Zealand London
6th July 2019 South Africa Manchester

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