“Australia need to take their risks to win the World Cup”- Brendon Julian
Former Australian cricketer Brendon Julian thinks that Australia aren’t the favorite to win the title in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales but they have the talent and potential to make everyone silent and win the sixth title in their history.
Australia had not been in their pick form after the World Cup 2015 but in superb form recently. They beat India at their home ground at the start of the year and whitewashed Pakistan just a month ago in their home ground again.
The banned-duo David Warner and Steve Smith also returned to international cricket and were picked for the World Cup squad. They both had been in great form also in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) and the three warm-up matches against New Zealand.
Adding all, Julian felt that Australia had the slightest chance earlier but with the great form of their players especially with the addition of Smith and Warner, Australia can rise up the occasion at any time. He also predicted the player of the tournament in the World Cup.
“There’s no uncertainty this group has the ability to win the World Cup, however they need to play well and they’ll need to take their risks,” Julian wrote in his column on playersvoice.com.au.
“They’re not the in-form side coming into the competition. I would rank them about fourth. In any case, what they do have is two or three X factor folks returning the side. Warner is my person – I think he’ll be player of the tournament. He will have a steely assurance to play well, to score runs, and simply ascend above it.”
Recently Australia captain Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja had done a great job at the top of the order. Julian also shared his opinion about the opening spot in the upcoming World Cup. “As far as the batting order, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja need to open. That has been the main stable combination in the order in the previous a half year. I think Warner should bat at three,” the New Zealand born cricketer said.
Australia will begin their World Cup against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.