When the squads were announced for world cup 2019, Australia emerged as one of the top teams in terms of fan favor and player quality. With a lethal bowling attack and firing batting line-up, they have been the best of both worlds. With Smith and Warner making it to the team they don’t really have a loophole except for their spin option as they don’t have many.
In the match against Pakistan, Australia won’t be playing against their opponents alone but also against bad weather conditions. 3 matches were washed out in a weeks’ time which did affect the team standings. Though Australia wasn’t involved in any of these, the upcoming match at a fresh venue could welcome rain. In such unpredictable conditions what would be the strategy of defending champions?
When Aaron Finch was asked in a press conference about Australia’s perception towards current world cup situations he backed his team and confidently answered that they will try to minimize these disadvantages. Rains have been a part of this tournament and they might continue to bother the teams but being able to play all the 50 overs and preparing for the same should be the game plan. Finch said that the weather reports were clear and accurate. The team management and players expected these washouts and that is why our main focus is to get as many points as possible in the first few matches.
Sticking to the original format will be plan A and anything that contributes to the conditions would be pretty much spontaneous with some obvious shuffling possibilities. We cannot control the weather and neither is it possible to turn it our side every time. But the tea is definitely ready to face these conditions. The rain might delay match timings or result in a reduction of overs but that doesn’t mean that we don’t prepare for a 50 over match. When there are reduced overs we will turn to our hitters and expect them to help the team in reaching a respectable over. Our opening batsmen are our strength and with smiths batting ability we are sure that the big match player will remain consistent.
PAKISTAN AS AN OPPOSITION:
Pakistan is thought to be on the lower side in the team battles. But their passion and ability shouldn’t be ignored. After a firing performance against England, they have proved that Pakistan inherits a lot from their far gone players. They surely have some world class players and a quick bowling attack. Finch also said that every opponent is to be respected. With too many matches resulting in the sharing of points or no result, it would be crucial to some early wins especially against the comparatively easier opponents. The previous series against Pakistan went really well and Finch expects himself and team to keep that momentum up in the world cup too.