The world champions – Australia cricket team – is coming into the tournament as one of the front-runners this time. They will be one of team’s to look out for due to their strong line-up and a perfect combination of experience blended with youth.
Steven Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchel Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood are those players who have done wonders in their careers.
Barring Warner, all of these are yet to touch the age mark of 30, which shows that Australian have their fixed line-up for at least till next Champions Trophy.
Though they are not such a dominant side which was moulded by Ricky Ponting during his time but if they do well in the tournament, then they will be on their road of becoming next giants in world cricket.
Australia has participated in each and every Champions Trophy tournament that started in the year 1998. They have also lifted the cup twice on the consecutive basis in the year 2006 and 2009. They were also the World Champions in 2003 and 2007, which shows the impact of their side in world cricket at that time.
They were on course to win their fourth World Cup in 2011 but a loss against India in the quarter-final kept the team away from their dream.
In 2013 Champions Trophy, they faltered and could not qualify for the second round, which will pinch them this time. Surely, this is a tournament for the Aussies to recuperate their lost glory and winning the trophy will be the first hurdle they will look to clear on road to prepare for upcoming big events.
Where To Watch:
If you want to go to the Stadium, tickets are available at ICC Official website and ticketmaster.com
2) TV Channels (by country):
|Australia||Fox Sports (every game live)|
|India||StarSports (Every Match live) & Doordarshan (only India matches)|
|New Zealand||Sky NZ (Has not confirmed yet but most likely to retain broadcasting rights)|
|United Kingdom||SkySports 2 (Only network in the United Kingdom to broadcast Champions Trophy)|
|USA||Willow TV (Viewers in the USA can subscribe to WillowTV monthly package to get live access for Champions Trophy available on all platforms)|
|Sri Lanka||Star Sports (India)|
|Pakistan||TenSports(to broadcast all champions trophy matches)PTV (might have live coverage of only Pakistan matches.|
|Caribbeans||ESPN (not confirmed yet but ESPN is likely to win the rights in Caribbean countries)|
|South Africa||SuperSports(Confirmed as Champions Trophy broadcaster in South Africa and adjacent African countries)|
|Europe||No news so far about any coverage in European countries. But EuroSport might scoop it if they able to negotiate a long-term deal with ICC to promote cricket in other euro countries.|
|Middle East||OSN Sports (Usually broadcast major cricket tournaments in some of the gulf states)|
|Ireland||Since Ireland did not qualify, Irish viewers can only watch Champions Trophy via SkySports|
3) Live Streaming: Hot Star
4) Live Score: Sportzwiki.com
Their biggest strength is the presence of class players in the side. Undoubtedly, Steven Smith is the best batsmen in the world at present and he has shown whether he is playing Test, ODI or T20I; he is equally good in all three forms of the game. The best thing for any side is skipper leading from the front and showing the way to his army like a General.
The Aussies can’t fully rely on this one man, of course, they need contribution from others as well but he will be the epitome for every other batsman in the team.
Moving onto the backbone of the side – David Warner. In past four years, the vice-captain of Australia team has made a remarkable impact. He was dropped from the Australian side after an altercation with Joe Root in a pub in England. He, though, played Test cricket but was not in the limited overs side.
A brave run in domestic cricket saw his comeback in the coloured jersey and now he is one of the premier players in the side. In fact, generally, we now see him playing Test cricket in limited overs style.
Warner now is an accountable batsman. From outside, it seems like his daughters have had a great impact on him as once a brat on the field – always ready to sledge – is now a wise man. Warner can very well be the difference between the sidesAustralia face in the tournament.
Along with duo of Smith and Warner, others like ‘inconsistent’ Aaron Finch, ‘young’ Travis Head, ‘responsible’ Moises Henriques, ‘aggressive duo’ of Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell will have the role with the bat.
Talking about the other aspect of the game i.e. bowling, Mitchell Starc and Josh Halewood have developed a great partnership with the ball, which they would be pleased to continue. Along with them, there is another youngster in the side James Pattinson, whose career is marred with injuries. But will have the key role. John Hasting’s experience will be another thing which will be a great thing for Kangaroos.
Other than that, of course, the prestige that they have in international cricket, it will be an opportunity for the Aussies to pounce upon.
Starting with the batting, apart from David Warner and Steven Smith, none of the Australian batsmen has a sense of responsibility. Starting with Finch himself to Travis Head. Can they perform in pressure situations? This can be the biggest thing which can go against them as the success of the side heavily depends upon these two players. ‘Though there are likes of Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn in the side but as said, the sense of responsibility is the biggest weakness for them, which Australia might face in the tournament.
In bowling, the biggest concern is an injury. Australian bowlers are very much prone to injuries and if any of those get injured, then it can really be a big blow for them.
The biggest opportunity for Australian team will be to cash upon the conditions in England that are as helpful to pacers and there cannot be any doubt that Australians have the best pace bowling line-up in the tournament. Their bowlers have the opportunity to make most out of the conditions in England.
It is the fact of the matter that their pacers bowled well in the series against India on slow pitches and we can expect an improved performance from them in England, where cold conditions will aid pacers to fulfil their aim.
Talking of threats, Australia is placed in a group of death. Australia will face New Zealand in the first game, which will be a tough contest for them. Their second contest will be against Bangladesh, who now are developing the ability to stump big teams at big stages and their next game will be against hosts England.
By summarising their fixture list, it can be said that Australia has some mighty challenges ahead of them as all the three games will test their capability and even a small hiccup during the game can see the team failing to do justice to their talent.
Looking at the squad of Australian team and the blend of young and adapted players, Australian team is all set to start their tourney as favorites but one thing is to be noted that few of their key players like David Warner, Steven Smith etc are coming directly from IPL, so it will be a challenge for them to land in England just a few days ahead and undergo transformation.
Sooner they get in the groove, better it will be for Kangaroos.
-> Australia To Top Group A
|Name||Role||Date of Birth (D.O.B.)|
|Steven Smith||Bat||June 2, 1989|
|David Warner||Bat||October 27, 1986|
|Aaron Finch||Bat||November 17, 1986|
|Travis Head||Bat||December 29, 1993|
|Moises Henriques||All-Rounder||February 1, 1987|
|Chris Lynn||Bat||April 10, 1990|
|Glenn Maxwell||All-Rounder||October 14, 1988|
|Matthew Wade||Bat-Wk||December 26, 1987|
|Marcus Stoinis||All-Rounder||August 16, 1989|
|Mitchell Starc||Bowler||January 30, 1990|
|Josh Hazlewood||Bowler||January 8, 1991|
|James Pattinson||Bowler||May 3, 1990|
|Pat Cummins||Bowler||May 8, 1993|
|John Hastings||Bowler||November 4, 1985|
|Adam Zampa||Bowler||March 31, 1992|
New Zealand Vs Australia – June 2 at Edgbaston (10h30)
Match Officials: Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough (on-field), Nigel Llong (third umpire), Kumar Dharmasena (fourth umpire), Andy Pycroft (match referee)
Australia v Bangladesh – June 5 at The Oval (13h30)
Match Officials: Nigel Llong and Chris Gaffaney (on-field), Ian Gould (third umpire), S.Ravi (fourth umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)
England v Australia – June 10 at Edgbaston (10h30)
Match Officials: Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena (on-field), S.Ravi (third umpire), Marais Erasmus (fourth), Andy Pycroft (match referee)
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