The Australian team enters into the 2019 World Cup as one of the favorites owing to their record in ICC tournaments. However, the Australian team has not at their best in recent years, but we can never count out the defending champions. Australia won the 2015 World Cup on home soil, and won the World Cup five times, whereas no other team has won the World Cup more than twice. Australia has won four of the last five World Cups and is a dominant force in the ICC competitions. Now, let us analyze the strengths, weaknesses, players available in the squad, and different combinations of the Australian team.
ICC ODI team Rank: 5th
World Cup appearances so far: 1975-2015 (All the 11 world cups played so far)
Best World Cup result: Champions in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 & 2015 World Cup
Total World Cup matches: Played: 84, Won: 62, Lost: 20, No-result: 1, Tie: 1
Biggest World Cup wins:
Now, let`s analyze the team combination, squad strength, and different player options available in the Australian team for the 2019 World cup. Australia is in good form with their recent series victories against India and Pakistan. They have won their last 8 ODIs leading into the 2019 World Cup.
Captain: Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch is one of the well-known players in the international circuit. Finch took over the ODI captaincy following the ban of Steve Smith, and has led the team very well over the last 12 months, and achieved victories against top nations recently. Finch has also returned to form with the bat in right moment scoring 450+ runs in the recent five-match series against Pakistan.
Batsmen: David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh
David Warner and Steve Smith`s return to international cricket following their 12-month ban is the most talked about topic in regards to the Australian squad. They both will look to make a grand comeback to the national team. Usman Khawaja has been one of the most improved players in the Australian team and has scored heaps of runs opening the batting. Shaun Marsh is an experienced candidate who is expected to slot in as a middle-order batsman.
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis
Glenn Maxwell is an attacking player who can play shots in all the directions and can also help the team with his off-spin bowling in the middle phase of the match. Marcus Stoinis is a genuine all-rounder who can bat and bowl effectively and can play a big part with his efficient bowling in the English conditions.
Wicket-Keepers: Alex Carey
Alex Carey is the lone wicket-keeper in the squad. Alex Carey is not known for his batting exploits in the international circuit, but he has been regarded as one of the safest pair of hands. Australia will also need his lower order contributions with the bat.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Pat Cummins is the leader of the bowling attack and has been the most valuable player of the Australian team in the last 6-8 months. Mitchell Starc was the leading wicket-taker in the 2015 World Cup and will be strike bowler for Australia this year too. He returns to the team after a brief period of injury lay-off. Nathan Coulter-Nile will take the third pacer slot and is a more than a handy player with the bat. Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff will be the reserve fast bowling options in the team. Adam Zampa is the No.1 spinner and will look deceive the batsmen with his leggies and wrong'uns. Nathan Lyon will play as the second spinner if the situation demands.
Expected starting XI:
Aaron Finch(C), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(Wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Remaining Players: Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson
Australia starts their campaign against Afghanistan team on June 1, and they will play a couple of warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka before kicking off the tournament. Australia will look to add another trophy to their cabinet in this World Cup.
World Cup matches
The Australian team will be favorites in the every World Cup they enter. But, the Australian team of recent has lost its old mojo and has not been performing up to their standards. Steve Smith and David Warner`s return to the international circuit will be a significant factor for their success this season. We expect the Australian team to enter the semi-finals of the tournament. We expect them to end the league stage at the third spot in the points table.
We expect the Australian team to come good against the likes of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Australia will have 50-50 odds against teams like New Zealand, South Africa, and the West Indies. We place Australia as lesser favorites in their encounters against the hosts England and India.
Australia is five-time champions, and we can never disregard them in ICC tournaments. They entered knock-out stages of the every World Cup from 1996 World Cup. We place the Australian team with better odds owing to their top form and momentum.
Australia Odds of winning 2019 World Cup: 5.00*
*Odds are accurate at the time of publishing and may vary
We give betting tips and predictions for every match of the World Cup 2019. Please check the ‘Cricket tips and predictions’ columns in our site regularly. Betting can be done in different ways such as match results, player performances, scoring rate, runs, wickets taken, etc. We will try to give you small tips in betting in the following paragraph but always remember the form and momentum of the team will be the major factor to decide the outcome once the tournament begins.
If you are betting for the team winning the match, then we will have Australia team with higher chances in the matches against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. And they will have 50-50 chances against the likes of South Africa, West Indies, and New Zealand. They will have just 70-30 odds against the Indian and English teams owing to their recent records.
If you are betting on player`s performances, then the players to watch out for in the Australian team are David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, and Pat Cummins. We also expect some players like Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, and Glenn Maxwell to produce some impactful performances in this tournament.