A couple of months ago, the Australian cricket team was in all sorts of trouble. They were down and out after several defeats in a row. India had beaten them in their own backyard and it seemed Australia was going to be the easy target in the World Cup 2019.
But recently, the World Champions have made a storming comeback. They first defeated India in T20I and ODI series. Then, they registered a historic win against Pakistan on the tour of UAE. They are now unbeaten in the last 8 ODIs they have played. Now the Australian Coach Justin Langer is in dilemma for the World Cup Squad.
The players who weren’t performing earlier have suddenly raised their game. They have made a strong case for selection.
“It’s actually becoming more obvious by the day to me. The same with the other selectors,” Langer said on the Cricket Australia’s website
“We know categorically there are going to be one or two guys brutally unlucky not to get selected because they’re all going so well… the blokes in the squad at the moment will be praying it’s not them.”
Australia has witnessed a steady opening partnership by Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja in the recent matches against Pakistan and India. Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, and Glenn Maxwell are doing splendidly well in middle-order. Now Langer’s difficulty is where Steve Smith and David Warner will fit in after they return from their year-long bans for ball-tampering. Warner has been in a stupendous form since his return in the Indian Premier League 2019.
“Having Warner knocking the door to open the batting was a “good problem” to have. Aaron has had a really good partnership with David Warner as well,” he said while pointing to the current partnership between Finch and Khawaja as “blossoming at the moment.”
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