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Cricket World Cup Squad Preview: Australia

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Similar to many of their competitors, Australia enters the World Cup with an abundance of talent but also numerous unanswered questions and uncertainties. Recently, the Australian cricket team faced a 3-2 defeat at the hands of South Africa in an ODI series. This series included some heavy defeats, with Australia conceding 338, 416, and 315 runs in consecutive matches.

However, when it comes to the World Cup, the Australian cricket team is typically a strong contender. They have won four out of the last six World Cups and have a total of five World Cup victories, which is more than any other team in the tournament’s history.

Australia boasts immense potential, and they have the confidence to hit their stride and make it to the final stages of this extended tournament. However, Australia has also recently revealed its provisional 15-player squad for the upcoming World Cup in India. Apparently, Tanveer Sangha, Aaron Hardie, and Nathan Ellis did not make the cut.

Last month, Australia had initially named an 18-player squad for their white-ball tour of South Africa, intending to trim it down to 15 for the World Cup. In the recent announcement by Cricket Australia, it was revealed that Sangha, Hardie, and Ellis were the players left out, with all-rounder Sean Abbott securing a spot in the 15-player squad.


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The strike-spinners for the team will be Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar, and Josh Inglis has been included in the squad as a backup wicketkeeper, alongside the primary choice, Alex Carey. Despite injuries to key players like Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Glenn Maxwell, the team anticipates their recovery ahead of the World Cup, which is set to begin in early October.

Captain Pat Cummins is in the process of recovering from a fractured hand that he suffered during the recent Ashes series in England. Additionally, Steve Smith is dealing with a wrist injury, while Glenn Maxwell is nursing an ankle issue, and Mitchell Starc has a groin concern. These injuries have cast a shadow of uncertainty over their availability for the upcoming World Cup campaign.

But one player to watch out for is Mitchell Marsh. Marsh, whose career has been hampered by injuries at times, once again showcased his value as a cricketer during the recent Ashes series in the summer. Despite the challenges he has faced with injuries, he proved to be an underrated and valuable asset to the team.

During the Ashes series, Mitch Marsh stood out as one of the most fluent and impressive Australian players. He notched a splendid century in the third Test and remained a consistent threat throughout the series.

Marsh’s One Day International (ODI) record is also commendable, with 2,131 runs at an average of 33.82. In his three ODI appearances in India earlier this year, he scored 81, an unbeaten 66, and 47, showcasing his ability to perform on Indian pitches.

Moreover, in the 2021 T20 World Cup final, the 31-year-old played a crucial role by scoring an unbeaten 77* while batting at No. 3. Given Travis Head’s injury, Marsh is likely to take up the opening batting role, and his contributions from the top of the order will be vital for the team.

Australia’s preliminary 15-player World Cup squad includes: Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.


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