Australia – 2019 Cricket World Cup Preview

Throughout this review we will look at the Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup odds for the tournament. We’ll consider the Australian ODI cricket squad odds to win the tournament. We’ll also weigh up the strengths and weakness that could decide whether or not that Satta turns into a profit.

So, let’s take a look at the history of a country that is currently the most successful in the history of the Cricket World Cup.

How Australia got to the 2019 Cricket World Cup

Qualification rules for the World Cup have changed over the years. But for England in 2019, the hosts are the first to take up a place. The remaining slots go to the next best seven countries in terms of world rankings and this Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup squad are firmly in that category.

Prior to their One Day series with India starting in February 2019, the Australians were ranked sixth in the world. And that means they travel straight to the 2019 World Cup without the need for any qualifying matches.

Australia’s odds to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup

If you are thinking of taking a Satta on these Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup odds to win the competition, then their current odds stand at 6.50 with Bet365. It’s a figure that puts them down as third favourites behind England and Australia. But what chance do the Aussies have of delivering a profit?

This Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup squad are ranked as the sixth best team in ODI cricket at the start of 2019. Some would therefore feel that the Australians are too short at that 6.50 price. However, it’s worth remembering that the team will welcome back Steve Smith and probably David Warner following their international bans. In theory, that should make them stronger so should we consider them as a serious winning option?

Australia’s History in the World Cup

There have been 11 World Cup competitions since the tournament first began. As of 2019, Australia are the most successful side of all. They had to wait until 1987 before claiming their first trophy. Since then, they have progressed to sit at the top of the ODI tree with five titles.

– 1975 to 1987

That 1975 tournament began in a promising fashion with a place in the final. After making it through the groups, a devastating spell of swing bowling from Gary Gilmour helped the Aussies to ease past old foes England in the semis. The final itself was a step too far however as Australia ran into a great West Indian side. The Windies claimed the first of their back-to-back titles, winning by 17 runs.

By 1979, the Packer era had taken its toll as an inexperienced Australian side failed to make it out of the groups. The tournament returned to England for a third time in 1983. By that time, the team had developed well. Nevertheless, once again, they were left trailing and unable to make it into the knockout stage.

Allan Border was one of a number of Australians who had been rushed into the side during that post-Packer era. He subsequently led a 1987 squad that were given little chance ahead of the tournament in India and Pakistan. Positive signs were there after Australia finished second behind India on net run rate at the group stage. And in the semis, five wickets from Craig McDermott helped them get past Pakistan.

England were waiting in the final and in a tense affair, Australia squeezed over the line with a seven run victory. The game sowed the seeds for a dominant era of Aussie cricket. And they certainly weren’t finished as far as ODI success was concerned. They had to wait, though.

– 1992 to 1999

Pakistan won the title in 1992. Australia were co-hosts along with neighbours New Zealand. However, they exited at the group stage, finishing fifth in a new round robin format.

The 1996 tournament looked more promising for a squad that now contained some of the greats of the game. Mark Taylor, the Waugh twins, Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne were all included as Australia made their way to Asia in a tournament co-hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Australia made it out of the groups comfortably enough. But the Sri Lankans, playing a new brand of ODI cricket, won all five of their group stage games. With a pinch hitting approach paying dividends, Sri Lanka became the eventual champions, beating Australia by seven wickets in the final.

The tournament returned to the UK, plus Ireland and the Netherlands in 1999. Australia’s long wait for a second trophy would soon be over. With Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath now in the squad, the Aussies were even stronger. Moreover, their passage through the groups was largely comfortable.

Comfort was not a word associated with their semi final against South Africa, though. In a memorable game, an incredibly poor piece of running by Lance Klusener and Allan Donald handed the match to Australia when the South Africans really should have won.

The final was a more straightforward affair with the Australians needing just 20.1 overs to chase down Pakistan’s sub-par total of 132.

– 2003 to 2015

The 2003 tournament saw even more success. That’s when Australia became only the second team to complete back to back wins after the West Indies in 1979. The Aussies won all six of their group games and closed out the tournament with big wins over Sri Lanka and India in the semi final and final respectively.

An unstoppable Australian side made it a hat trick when the tournament headed to the West Indies in 2007. The likes of Warne and McGrath were starting to reach the end of their careers. Nonetheless, this was a powerful Aussie squad who won an incredible 12 out of 12 games in this tournament. In the final, Adam Gilchrist scored a brilliant 149 in a 53 run win to dish out further revenge over Sri Lanka.

2011 brought an end to this brilliant run as India claimed their second World Cup win. That Indian side beat the Aussies in the quarter finals along the way to that ultimate prize.

You can’t keep the Australians at bay for long, though. In 2015, they then claimed that record fifth crown. As co-hosts with New Zealand, the Aussies were always among the favourites. And against the Kiwis, Michael Clarke’s men won by seven wickets in the final.

Australia’s best player heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup

The return of two key batsman will be important. However, we’re opting to name a bowler as Australia’s 2019 Cricket World Cup key player. In the previous tournament, he was the leading wicket taker and Player of the Series. So why wouldn’t we single out Mitchell Starc?

The left armer has had to miss Australia’s ODI series with India following a muscle tear. He should make a quick return. With fast left arm seam, aided by swing under helpful English conditions, Starc’s performances with the ball are vital if the Aussie’s are to keep opposition batters in check.

Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup schedule

Here are the confirmed fixtures for the Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup side. Reserved dates for the semi final and final are included, should they make it that far.

Date Venue Opponents
June 1st Bristol Afghanistan
June 6th Trent Bridge West Indies
June 9th The Oval India
June 12th Taunton Pakistan
June 15th The Oval Sri Lanka
June 20th Trent Bridge Bangladesh
June 25th Lord’s England
June 29th Lord’s New Zealand
July 6th Old Trafford South Africa
July 9th Old Trafford Semi Final One
July 11th Edgbaston Semi Final Two
July 14th Lord’s Final

Australia’s biggest question mark heading into the World Cup

This Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup team would have started 2019 with a much higher ODI ranking had it not been for ‘SandpaperGate’. As a result of their involvement in ball tampering, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner all received lengthy bans from international cricket.

Of those three, Smith and Warner were captain and vice captain and were key components of a more competitive Aussie side. The question has to be how will they fit back in to the team? And how they will perform after a long break from the game? Australia’s batting line up will be almost infinitely stronger if they are in touch with the bat and their displays will be crucial if the side is to go deep into this tournament.

Australia’s biggest area of strength heading into the World Cup

While that batting lineup will be key, we’ve identified Australia’s seam bowling attack as their biggest area of strength going into the 2019 competition. Fitness is always a concern for this unit. If Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood can all stay injury free in the lead up to the competition, however, this Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup should have a fearsome attack.

Australia would love to add the raw pace of James Pattinson. But those three can excel under English conditions and may yet bowl their country to a sixth World Cup title.