Why an Australia Cricket World Cup 2019 victory in England doesn’t seem so far-fetched in light of the strength of their squad.
This time last year Australia were in disarray after the Sandpapergate incident saw them lose their two best batsmen, who by the way were also the captain and vice-captain of their ODI side.
But a year on, there are reasons to think that Australia Cricket World Cup odds of 6.5 to win it, with Unibet, might be worth going with. Here’s why.
Australia Cricket World Cup odds: 6.5 to win World Cup with Unibet
Australia Cricket World Cup pedigree
Australia are the most successful side in the history of the Cricket World Cup with five wins. No-one else has more than two.
More significantly, they won three of the last four, the one time they didn’t win it being when they lost to eventual champions India in the quarter-finals in 2011.
The current side isn’t in the same league as the ones featuring the likes of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee. But it’s arguably not weaker than the one that won it in 2015.
Defending champions Australia are a tasty-looking 11/2 (6.5) with Unibet to defend their title at this year’s World Cup. When opening an account with Unibet as a UK customer you can claim £40 in free bets if your first-ever bet loses.
They might have just have the best pace attack of anyone
In Mitchell Starc – Player of the Tournament at the last World Cup – Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, they have arguably the best pace attack of anyone at the World Cup and all bowlers who could thrive in English conditions. Especially Hazlewood, who seriously resembles the great McGrath in terms of how he can swing the ball, without doing so at express pace.
And that’s not all. Add Perth Scorchers trio Jye Richardson, Jason Behrendoff and Andrew Tye to the equation and they’ll have ample cover as well.
David Warner and Steve Smith could still figure
Only Cricket Australia will know if the length of the bans handed to Smith and Warner after the ball-tampering incident were with the World Cup in mind because the time between them ending (March 29) and the start of the World Cup (May 30) is just enough time to assess whether they’re in a physical and mental state to be in the squad. Similarly, only Cricket Australia will know whether they’re considering them at all.
So it gives them the best of both worlds. They can recall one, the other or both. Or neither. One option would be to get Warner to open alongside current captain Aaron Finch and bat Alex Carey down the order somewhere. Another would be to bring Smith back and bat him at four with one of Shaun Marsh or more likely Peter Handscomb giving way.
But given how well they both played against India, they could stick with them and not select Smith at all. It’s a nice problem to have.
Batting strength in depth
Let’s just assume for a minute that Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft (let’s not forget about him) don’t figure at all in the Australia Cricket World Cup squad.
Against India in the January ODI their Top 7 was: Finch, Carey, Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Handscomb, Stoinis, Maxwell.
In many ways it was an ‘old school’ selection policy with the focus being on run accumulators than boundary-clearers. Suggesting the Australia Cricket World Cup plan might be like something out of 1999 where you score slower than the modern-day way, keep wickets in hand and have a big slog at the end.
Waiting in the wings (or dropped if you want to look at it another way) were the likes of Travis Head, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh and (in light of his excellent displays in the Big Bash) …Matthew Wade.
Just like with the bowlers, that’s plenty in reserve right there. They might decide that one day they play D’Arcy Short on a belter of a wicket when they need 330 batting first rather than Carey or Handscomb and that on another wicket where 260 could win it, they’re better off going with Head in there somewhere or the same XI that played against India.
They could adopt areal horses-for-courses approach with so many quality batters in the tank.
Australia Cricket World Cup fixtures are easy to start with
Afghanistan are the outsiders for the Cricket World Cup at odds of around 80.0. The West Indies are the fourth biggest price to go all the way at around 26.0; only Sri Lanka (34.0) and Bangladesh (67.0) are bigger.
So it’s not a bad thing that Australia play Afghanistan and the West Indies first up before then facing the far more serious business of India. Assuming they win those first two games, they’ll have points on the board and confidence they can keep on going.
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