Australia Cricket Team have had a tough 18 months leading to the ICC World Cup 2019 but have picked up at the right time, months before the marquee event. The selectors have included David Warner and Steven Smith – coming out of suspension to add to their strength which already boasts some world-class players. And now the five-time World Champions who were facing to field a proper XI faces the problem of plenty.

The Aaron Finch-led side have a star-studded line-up and have suddenly come up as one of the title contenders. The current form of David Warner in the Indian Premier League is likely to give sleepless nights to many opponent bowlers. However, it is to be seen how the likes of Warner and Smith gel with the team leading up to the premier tournament.

Meanwhile, they will like to begin their campaign with a win when they face Afghanistan- considered to be one of the giant-killers on June 1 at Bristol.

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Australia’s 15-Member Squad

Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc

Schedule

June 1 (Saturday): Afghanistan vs Australia – Bristol – 6 p.m.

June 6 (Thursday): Australia vs West Indies – Trent Bridge – 3 p.m.

June 9 (Sunday): India vs Australia – The Oval – 3 p.m.

June 12 (Wednesday): Australia vs Pakistan – Taunton – 3 p.m.

June 15 (Saturday): Sri Lanka vs Australia – The Oval – 3 p.m.

June 20 (Thursday): Australia vs Bangladesh – Nottingham – 3 p.m.

June 25 (Tuesday): England vs Australia – Lords – 3 p.m.

June 29 (Saturday): New Zealand vs Australia – Lords – 6 p.m.

July 6 (Saturday): Australia vs South Africa – Manchester – 6 p.m.

Where to Watch

COUNTRY TV WEBSITE MOBILE
INDIA STAR SPORTS HOTSTAR HOTSTAR
AUSTRALIA CHANNEL 9, FOX CRICKET FOX SPORTS FOXTEL NOW
ENGLAND SKY SPORTS SKYSPORTS SKY SPORTS GO
WINDIES ESPN ESPNCRICINFO CARIBBEAN ESPN Play
SOUTH AFRICA SUPERSPORT SUPERSPORT SUPERSPORT, DSTV APP
NEW ZEALAND SKY SPORT SKY SPORTS NEW ZEALAND FAN PASS
BANGLADESH GTV RABBITHOLE BANGLADESH Rabbithole App
AFGHANISTAN TBC TBC TBC
PAKISTAN PTV SPORTS, TEN SPORTS SONY LIV, TEN SPORTS PAKISTAN SONY LIV

Batsman to Watch

DAVID WARNER

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All eyes will be on David Warner as he makes a come back to the Australia team alongside Steven Smith after one year of suspension. The short-height dynamo’s return to the national team will be a massive benefit for the five-time world champions.

Moreover, Warner has been in scintillating form in the Indian Premier League for the Sunrisers Hyderabad which can certainly lit the eyes of the Australian fans ahead of the World Cup. The southpaw is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 574 runs from ten games at an average of 71.75.

David Warner will be keen to continue this form when he enters the marquee tournament.

Bowler to Watch

MITCHELL STARC

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It has been four month’s; the left-arm pacer hasn’t featured in an ODI game. However, his appearance in the first XI will undoubtedly keep the Australian team on their toes. The fiery fast bowler has struggled with injuries and has managed his workload to keep himself fit for this showpiece event.

Mitchell Starc did an excellent job in 2015 World Cup helping his side clinch the title and will hope to replicate the same effort in England when the tournament starts from May 30. Starc will also have the likes of Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile to provide him support.