Four times cricket world cup champion team Australia will be looking to seal 5th world cup this year. Australian cricket team must be eager to win world championship title in front of their home audience for the first time as Australia are co-hosting 2015 ICC world cup with New Zealand. Australia is in pool A of world cup and they’ll face England in their opening game of tournament on 14 February.
Australia became world cricket champions in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007 world cups. Michael Clarke will be leading Australia in this year’s cricket world cup.
AUS world cup squad:
Michael Clarke (Captain), George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Shane Watson.
Key Players: Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Glen Maxwell, David Warner, James Faulkner.
Australian batting line-up is one of the strongest batting orders in eleventh cricket world cup. At the top of the order Australia has destructive batsmen like David Warner, Aaron Finch and Shane Watson who can change game at any moment of the match in the favor of team. Shane Watson was un-fit but he is fit now as per the reports and will play in world cup.
David Warner is in such a great form as he scored 3 centuries in test series against India, one hundred in tri-series and also hit ton in the warm-up game against Indian team. So he is in great form and could be the highest run scorer in the world cup 2015 as well. Aaron Finch is expected to open with Warner and Watson will play at the 3rd number.
In the middle-lower order Captain Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Brad Haddin are there to control the innings. Clarke is now hundred percent fit and he’ll be leading the side. Steve Smith is in tremendous form and he may be top run scorer in 2015 cricket world cup. What we can say about Glenn Maxwell who is playing destructive inning in match to match. Australia has got such a powerful middle-order batting line up that can destroy any bowling attack in the tournament.
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Australia may drop Aaron Finch at the top of the batting order and let Watson to open the innings if team management is looking to go with proper five bowlers in the match. In that case Michael Clarke may come to bat at no. 3.
Australia has one of most fast and furious bowling attacks in ICC world cup 2015. Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner are the key bowlers in team Australia. Along with these bowlers Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty and Mitchell Marsh are the other fast bowlers who can play world cup games.
One of the biggest advantages in Australian squad is that batsmen can bowl in tough situations whereas bowlers can score runs in a crucial situation of match. It’s a kind of all-rounders team. Not easy for other teams to beat Australia in their home conditions as well as with strong batting and bowling line-up that Aussies have.
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