Australia is undoubtedly one of the best cricketing nations, winning five World Cup titles – 1992, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015. The Pat Cummins-led side will be hungry to win another trophy, and they have assembled a squad comprising some world-class players.
But do they have it in them to lift their sixth World Cup title? Cricket fans will be putting their faith in the Kangaroos in the special market in ODI World Cup betting.
Australia ODI World Cup Squad
Cricket Australia announced the 2023 World Cup squad on September 6. Skipper Cummins, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, and Glenn Maxwell have made the cut despite nursing injuries. Unfortunately, there was no place for Tim David and Marnus Labuschagne. While David is considered a T20 specialist, Labuschagne, a red-ball specialist, was not picked because of his ordinary ODI stats.
Here’s the Australia 2023 World Cup squad:
- Pat Cummins (captain)
- Sean Abbott
- Ashton Agar
- Alex Carey
- Cameron Green
- Josh Hazlewood
- Travis Head
- Josh Inglis
- Mitchell Marsh
- Glenn Maxwell
- Steve Smith
- Mitchell Starc
- Marcus Stoinis
- David Warner
- Adam Zampa
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Let us look at the 15 players in detail:
- Pat Cummins: The skipper is one of the players to keep an eye on in India. Cummins, who hasn’t played an ODI since November 2022, knows how to swing the new ball and pick up early breakthroughs. Besides, he can make handy contributions with the bat.
- Sean Abbott: Abbott is lanky and generates good pace on docile pitches. That is the reason he has been picked for the ODI World Cup to be played in India. He has done well, returning from the Philip Hughes tragedy, where Abbott was at the centre of his mate’s painful death.
- Ashton Agar: The left-arm spinner made the cut thanks to the Indian pitches, which will undoubtedly aid his spin bowling. Agar can be an excellent lower-order batter, frustrating the opposition bowlers and slamming them at will.
- Alex Carey: Carey is one of the crucial members of Australia’s 15-member squad. He is an excellent wicket-keeper, and his batting prowess makes him an asset in the middle order.
- Cameron Green: The young cricketer is one of the best next-generation all-rounders in the game. Green can be an excellent ball hitter, as seen in the 2023 IPL, where he played for the Mumbai Indians. Moreover, he can be the third seamer for Australia as well.
- Josh Hazlewood: One of the senior cricketers in the Australia line-up, Hazlewood made his ODI debut in 2010. He has grown in stature since then and has participated in two ODI World Cups. Hazlewood can be lethal with the new ball.
- Travis Head: Head has recently emerged as the best batter in the Australian team. The top-order batter can dictate terms to bowlers, which makes him one of the players to watch out for in the 2023 World Cup.
- Josh Inglis: Inglis has proven his credentials in T20 cricket, thanks to the Big Bash League. Because of his street-smart cricket skills, he got the opportunity to represent his country in the ODI World Cup. The wicket-keeper batter will be keen to make the most of the opportunity.
- Mitchell Marsh: The all-rounder has been in stellar form of late. He is expected to play the anchor role, making him a valuable squad member. Though injuries have plagued him, Marsh has produced the goods in the Australian jersey.
- Glenn Maxwell: The big-hitter is now a veteran in this Australian squad after participating in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. With the World Cup being played in India and Maxwell having excellent knowledge of the conditions, he will likely give nightmarish time for bowlers.
- Steve Smith: A veteran of three ODI World Cups, Smith is perhaps entering his final ODI World Cup. The occasion is huge, and he would like to make the most of it with multiple centuries. The former captain, likely to bat three, will look to sign off on a high.
- Mitchell Starc: Starc has always brought his ‘A’ game to the table. In the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups, he was the top wicket-taker for Australia. He will surely want to complete the treble by becoming the highest wicket-taker for his team. The left-arm pacer has all the skills to make it happen.
- Marcus Stoinis: Stoinis is the third all-rounder in the squad. He has played numerous games in the IPL so he will know the conditions inside out. With medium-pace skills on offer, Stoinis could be Australia’s x-factor in the 2023 World Cup.
- David Warner: Watch out for Warner, who, like Smith, has played three ODI World Cups for Australia. In 2011, he spent the entire tournament on the bench. But times have changed, and how? Today, with more than 8,000 ODI runs, Warner is the biggest danger man in the Australian squad.
- Adam Zampa: With consistent performances over the years, Zampa has cemented his squad in the white-ball cricket. He can deliver match-winning performances and can produce the goods on subcontinent pitches. The 31-year-old holds the record for best bowling figures by a spinner in IPL.
Inglis, Abbott, Green, Head, and Agar have been picked in the Australia ODI World Cup squad for the first time.
The Australia squad looks solid on paper. They have tons of experience in the batting department, while the bowling unit consisting of Starc, Cummins, and Hazelwood is one of the best in the world. Meanwhile, all-rounders Maxwell and Stoinis are proper match-winners. It won’t be a surprise if Cummins’ men return home with a sixth World Cup title.