“They could do some damage”- Steve Waugh on Australia’s WC chances
Former World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh thinks that every team must be aware of team Australia in the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
He also added that the inclusion of Steve Smith and David Warner in the national team after their 12-month ban following the Newlands ball-tampering scandal made the Australian team much fierce and powerful than the last couple of years.
“Each side will be careful about Australia,” Waugh told the ICC. “They know the capability of the Australian side. There’s been strife in Australian cricket in the course of the most recent a year, yet that has been set aside now. We have our best players accessible to be picked in Smith and Warner.”
Australia had been in poor form since the ICC World Cup 2015 where they won the tournament. They won just three ODIs out of 18 till the beginning of 2018. But they slowly found their form from the tour of India at the start of this year. Trailing by 0-2, they won three consecutive ODIs to win the series by 3-2 against India at their home ground.
After that, they whitewashed Pakistan at their home soil again by 5-0. With that series win, Australia won eight consecutive ODIs ahead of the World Cup 2019. “Their form was poor, yet out of the blue, they’ve won their last eight matches, and they have Smith and Warner in the group,” Waugh said. “What’s more, that is inauspicious for other teams, they know how great these sides are.
The greatest captain in the Test history of cricket, Steve Waugh also admitted that Australia are not the favorites for upcoming World Cup but they have the ability to do most damages and win the World Cup again. “Australia will be one of the teams… presumably not the most favorite for the competition, yet the group that different sides will be likely most frightful of. They could do some damage. So I figure Australia could go actually deep in the competition.
“England to me are likely the top favorites – their form has been remarkable in the course of the most recent few years. They are playing at home. In some cases, that makes more weight, however they have a great coach in Trevor Bayliss to keep the players grounded. So I figure England would be top choices, and most likely Australia and India on that second line of preference,” the former Australian batsman said.
Australia will begin their World Cup against Afghanistan on June 2 in Bristol.