Former Australian skipper Allan Border says the defending champions look all set to win the ICC World Cup given their current form. Aaron Finch-led side has peaked at the right time and they are a serious contender for the title. In fact, Australia was struggling to get going six months ago. However, the return of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Steven Smith and David Warner has instilled new confidence into the side.
Australia has thus far played eight matches and they have won seven of them to sit pretty at numero uno position in the points table. They were the first side to qualify for the semi-finals. In fact, the men in yellow have also confirmed the top two finish before the semifinals.
Australia is looking dangerous.
“After a gentle start, Australia now looks the real deal and the win against New Zealand has brought back that old familiar feeling that often leads to a World Cup trophy,” Border said in an ICC Media column.
“This was a very impressive win because they did it the hard way.
Australia has ticked the right boxes in the World Cup. They have come up with complete performances and they are looking good to go all the way. Thus, Australia will like to continue their good show going.
“In this tournament, they have relied on Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith at the top of the order to get runs but all of a sudden, they had to dig deep, and to come through that is a very good sign.
“I am really confident with where this team is at. India and England demand massive respect too and you can never count your chickens – but that old familiar feeling is definitely back.”
On the other hand, Mitchell Starc has come up with a sublime performance. Starc has thus far snared 24 wickets and the gun fast bowler also became the first bowler to take three five-wicket hauls in the World Cup. Starc has bowled with fire in the ongoing tournament.
“You would have to pick him in your all-time Australia ODI side because of what he does in the big games.
“There are lots of other options out there but in the big games, he stands up.
“He has come to the boil at the perfect time and Australia now looks a strong contender to win it, which is unbelievable when you look at how they were struggling six months ago.”