Today, Australia has announced squad for Cricket world cup 2019. Good news for Australian team and fans is that Steve Smith and David Warner are back in team after 1 year ban. Their experience will be of great value to Australian team in world cup. Australia was not a contender for this world cup before these two players were included but now with presence of these two players Australian team is looking strong. Both are in good form in IPL and will be hoping to continue their form in world cup also. In 2015 Miachel Clarke led the team but this time Aaron Finch will lead the team.
Presently, Aaron finch and Usman Khawaja are acting as openers for australia but after warner’s return they will most probably go with warner. Aaron finch and Usman Khawaja have been performing well throughout the year. Usman Khawaja is the leading run-scorer for Australia in one-day internationals. In 2019, he scored 769 runs in 13 matches, with an average of 59.15. In recent Australia vs Pakistan series they defeated Pakistan by 5-0. Aaron finch and Usman Khawaja performed well in this series, both scored centuries.
They have also included glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stonins. Marcus Stonins all-rounders capabilities will give balance to team. As wicket-keeping option they have included Alex Carey. In spin bowling department they have included spinners Adam Zampa and Nathan lyon. But they haven’t not included Mitchell Marsh, Jsosh Hazlewood and Peter Handscomb. They have gone with only on wicket-keeper.
They have included pacers like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff,. Australian is the last time champion of world cup. They defeated New Zealand in finals to win the world cup 2015. Australia has already won world cup 5 times and have reached finals 2 times.
Here is the Australian squad for ICC cricket world cup 2019 -:
Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon , Adam Zampa