India, Australia ODI Team has been the next most promising team in Cricket World Cup 2023.
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The five-time champions got off to a shaky start with wins over India and South Africa, but have since gone from strength to strength, winning eight straight games, including the semi-final against South Africa, to reach the World Cup final, and set up a title clash against India in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
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So what are Australia’s strengths?
batting. Batting has been Australia’s positive side in the World Cup so far. At the start of the World Cup, there were concerns about Australia’s opening combination with Travis Head absent due to injury. However, Mitchell Marsh took the opportunity with both hands, and despite single-figure returns against India and South Africa, Marsh went on to score 52 and 121 against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.
And when Travis Head returned for the second half of the tournament, he returned with a bang. Against New Zealand, Head would be going into his first year in the World Cup, knocking 109 to announce that he has arrived at the tournament in style. For Head, it was all about hitting right from the get-go, taking on Trent Boult and Matt Henry with full power while punishing the Kiwi spinners for their poor deliveries.
He would go on to reach his century off just 59 balls, hitting Australia’s third fastest century in a World Cup.
Then there is David Warner. He has done that in previous editions of the World Cup, and it was no different for him with the bat in this World Cup.
Like Marsh, Warner would rather suffer an inconsistent start with just 65 runs in the first three games, but he would turn it in with fine centuries against Pakistan and the Netherlands.
This was followed by a knock of 81 against New Zealand in Dharamsala, where he created a 175-run stand with Head for the first wicket.
So far, Warner has scored 528 runs from 10 matches with two centuries and as many fifties, and the 37-year-old doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.
And who can forget Glenn Maxwell’s heroics against Afghanistan? It may have been a one-off experience for the all-rounder, but her unbeaten double century that day certainly reaffirmed that many are capable of anything a team like Australia can do on any given day. , and any particular case. .
All in all, different batsmen have stepped up on different occasions, especially this quartet of Warner, Marsh, Head and Maxwell, which is why the five-time champions have been a resilient batting outfit.
Adam Zampa supremacy
In a tournament where the regular pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood appear to be slightly below par, Australian spin Adam Zampa has stood out.
Even before the World Cup, spin played a big role in the competition, and Adam Zampa seems to have relished the opportunity.
Not only has he gone without two of the 10 overs, Zampa went on to take four consecutive fours, and two back-to-back three-wicket hauls, all in the same tournament.
That said, with 22 wickets to his name, Zampa is in contention to finish the World Cup with the most wickets, but he faces stiff competition from the tournament’s best bowler at the moment, Mohammed Shami (23 wickets).
Come the final, Adam Zampa will be a big threat when India face him. A lot has already changed since the last time Australia faced India (on October 8), especially for the 31-year-old, who has elevated himself to a top position among these spinners. in the World Cup.
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