Here’s your Betting Maestro Australia Cricket betting guide ahead of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup held in England in May.
World Ranking: 5
Australia Cricket Betting – Odds to win: 5.0 with Royal Panda
Australia Cricket World Cup performance in 2015
They won it. On home soil, they suffered just the one defeat in nine matches when they went down to co-hosts New Zealand in a low-scoring affair in the Group Stages, Kane Williamson sealing their fate with a six when the Black Caps were nine wickets down.
No matter. They made light work of chasing Pakistan’s 213 in the Quarters and posted a huge 328/7 against India that MS Dhoni and co never got close to chasing.
The final was an equally one-sided affair with James Faulkner decimating New Zealand’s middle-order and Australia chasing 183 with ease. Mitchell Starc, who was the World Cup’s joint-top wicket-taker, was named Player of the Tournament.
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Champions Trophy performances
In 2013 defeats by England and Sri Lanka alongside a washed-out affair against New Zealand saw them crash out in the Group Stages. They were pretty unlucky in 2017, seeing two matches washed-out. Against New Zealand (again) though they would probably have gone on to lose it and then against Bangladesh. They would still have gone through with a win against England in their third match but they lost that one, too.
Australia Cricket Betting: Strengths and weaknesses
In Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile Australia have a trio of fast bowlers that most other sides at the World Cup will be pretty envious of. That they have Jason Behrendoff and Kane Richardson in reserve nails down the point that they’re to be feared when it comes to pace.
On English wickets that’s often where the game is won and lost.
At 4,5,6 and 7 they’re likely to play Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey.
There’s no shortage of experience and nous right there and all four are just as capable of finding gaps and running twos as they are of big-hitting when needed. It’s not until you have Australia six down (at the very least) that you feel like you can win the game.
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The Australia Cricket World Cup squad contains the names of Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon and whereas both are fine, neither is a world-beater. It may not matter of course if the wickets aren’t taking spin but if they are, they’ll be at a disadvantage considering other teams have the likes of Adil Rashid, Yuzvendra Chahal, Imran Tahir and Shadab Khan.
Either way, whichever of Lyon or Zampa plays, can’t be expected to put batsmen under a huge amount of pressure in those middle-overs.
Poor recent record
They may have beaten India in India and thrashed Pakistan in the UAE but those Series came after a pretty poor last 12 months in ODIs. The absences of Steve Smith and David Warner obviously contributed to those downfalls but so did injuries, a change of captaincy and poor form by both senior and junior players.
They’ll have to regain the wining habit pretty quickly here.
Key Player: David Warner
Winning any ODI match is so much easier when Warner is scoring at well over a run-a-ball either by finding constant boundaries or running hard and putting fielders under pressure.
The left-hander rarely looks troubled and with a point to prove after Sandpapergate, could be at his most dangerous. Alongside Glenn Maxwell, he’s also the side’s best fielder.
X-Factor player: Glenn Maxwell
Has ‘The Big Show’ finally learnt to channel his raw talent into match-winning contributions? The Australia Cricket World Cup management team will certainly be hoping so.
Handed the role of being a ‘floater’ – batting anywhere between 3 and 7 depending on the occasion- he’s the team’s fastest scorer and probably the most talented player in the squad, bar none.
He swapped the IPL this season to play County cricket in a bid to get used to English conditions so let’s see if it pays off. Also has a part to play with the ball and in the field.
Analysis of the Australia Cricket World Cup team’s chances
You can read why they have every chance of going all the way in much greater depth here but for the record, they seem to tick just as many boxes as England and India do and are a far bigger price. If one of their two spinners finds some form, they could be the team to beat.
Australia Cricket betting for the World Cup
Prediction: They’ll make the final.
Betting Maestro’s Australia Cricket Betting Tip:
If backing Australia at 5.0 to win it doesn’t do it for you then how about David Warner to be top runscorer at 15.0 with Betway?
He scored endless runs in the IPL, will open the batting, knows English conditions well and plays both pace and spin equally well.
He’s not many people’s favourite cricketer but it’s like Lyndon Johnson once said (about rival J. Edgar Hoover): “I’d rather have him inside my tent pissing out than outside my tent pissing in.”
You can back David Warner at a best price of 15.0 with Betway to be tournament top runscorer and receive a welcome bonus.