Australian Cricket is once again looking like it is heading in the right direction, with impressive performances in all formats of the game recently. Despite rumours circulating about captain, Michael Clarke´s, supposed rifts with the Australian board, everything on the pitch seems to be ticking along nicely. With the World Cup just around the corner, the faithful Aussie supporters will be confident that their side can deliver for them on home territory.
Australia have gone into the World Cup this year off the back of a fantastic tri-series victory in Perth, convincingly beating England by 112 runs. The perfect preparation ended with an impressive demolition of England, with Glenn Maxwell starring with both bat and ball. In the match he managed to score 95 runs and take four wickets for just 46 runs, topping off what was a great all round display from the home side.
With so much confidence in the side at the moment, there is always at least one player on the Australian team that puts in a high level performance and helps guide them to victory. It seems like the side have formed a great bond under Darren Lehmann and are now beginning to replicate some of the performances which saw them dominate all formats of cricket for so long.
For now there focus will solely be on the World Cup though, which follows the usual one day international format. Defending champions India are likely to be in with a shout again this time around, but you fancy that on home soil it will be Australia´s to lose. Preparation certainly couldn´t have gone any better and with a noisy home nation cheering them on, they will certainly go into the tournament as hot favourites.
Australia have the advantage of having a side where all ten players, including the bowlers, are capable of scoring big runs on their day. With the likes of Finch, Warner, Smith and Maxwell at the start of the batting order, you have a line-up which is capable of dismantling any bowling attack. Then to make matters worse for their opponents you then have the always lethal Brad Haddin, followed by Faulkner and Johnson lower down in the order, both of whom are good batsman. Australian’s are known for their love of pokies, and whilst on tour the players will be able to play on their mobile devices at Sa Mobile Casino.
With a player like Mitchell Johnson also leading the bowling set up, you have a side which can perform with both the bat and ball, a combination which will prove deadly in this year´s World Cup.
Expect big things from this Australian side in the upcoming years. Starting with what should be their fifth World Cup victory in Australia and New Zealand this year, because on their day they are unbeatable.