Australia Cricket Team for World Cup 2015:
Australia Cricket Team has always been a competitive side in tests throughout their history. But they achieved that level in ODIs since the mid-90s. Australia have won the title for four times including 3 consecutive wins from 1999 to 2007. Now the ICC World Cup returned into their home territory. Australia would be looking to make the most of it. They have a very strong unit and under a new captain (Michael Clarke/George Bailey), the players will try to win the title for the fifth time for their country.
Group: Pool A.
Captain: Michael Clarke/George Bailey.
Australia Cricket Team has a very long batting line up. It is going to be difficult for the opponents to restrict the Aussies from scoring in home conditions. David Warner and Aaron Finch are one of the most destructive opening pair in the world right now. They followed by Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Steven Smith and Brad Haddin. They all are different in batting style but effective and aggressive at the same time. The team has a pack of explosive allrounders like Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner. It gives them gigantic lower-order firepower to score big in slog overs.
They have a strong bowling unit as well. Mitchell Johnson is their spearhead and most experienced front-line bowler. Mitchell Starc is in very good nick too. Hazelwood has good control over swing and seam. Marsh and Faulkner are effective with their variations. Xavier Doherty is the lone genuine spinner with the backup of part timer Smith and Maxwell.
Australia Cricket Team:
Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (v/c), Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc.
Probable Playing XI:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke/ George Bailey (capt), Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.
February 14 v England, Melbourne.
February 21 v Bangladesh, Brisbane.
February 28 v New Zealand, Auckland.
March 4 v Afghanistan, Perth.
March 8 v Sri Lanka, Sydney.
March 14 v Scotland, Hobart.
Australia Cricket Team is the best team on paper in this tournament. The players are in form and they have a huge advantage of home conditions. The team has performed equally well under both Clarke and stand-in captain Bailey. But in the case of Clarke’s injury, Australia would miss his experience as a caption in crunch situations.