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Former Team India leg-spinner and coach Anil Kumble has backed Aaron Finch-led Australia to enter as one of the semi-finalists of the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019. The reigning champions are raring to go with the return of tainted duo Steven Smith and David Warner’s bolstering the 15-man World Cup squad.
We’re little less than a fortnight away to witness the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales on May 30. The curtain raiser will be held between hosts England and South Africa at the Kennington Oval.
However, Kumble believes reigning champions Australia will do well in the forthcoming tournament.
The Aaron Finch-led team will take on Afghanistan in their World Cup opener on June 1st.
Australia brimming with confidence at the World Cup:
Meanwhile, the multi-nation tourney is based on the round-robin format. Thus, it means all ten teams are bound to face off each other once before the picture for the top four teams become clearer. The defending champions are laced with some fascinating players. All in all, the experience will play a quintessential role for the team.
In the recent past, Australia has thoroughly struggled particularly in the 50-over fold. However, they have played some aggressive brand of cricket in 2019, which further saw them beating India and Pakistan, earlier this year.
The Kangaroos have thumped India 3-2 following a deficit of 0-2. On the other side, in the five-match ODI series, the visitors outclassed Pakistan 5-0 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
So, they went on to win eight matches on the trot in the day-long format. Recently, World Cup-bound players have partaken in the preparatory camp at the Allan Border Field which included three-day-long fixtures against New Zealand A at the Brisbane.
Meanwhile, Kumble feels they’ve done remarkably well in the previously-held ICC tourneys. Australians have won the World Cup title on five occasions. It further keeps them in good stead ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
Anil Kumble sees Australia in good stead:
The 48-year-old Bengaluru-born Kumble reiterated the Kangaroos are aware of English conditions. While analysing the Aussie’s World Cup-bound squad, Kumble remarked they’ve already done it before and added the players had been part of their successful campaign against New Zealand at the MCG in 2015.
“They’ve always done well in the World Cup and they have a good strong squad. They know the conditions in England really well and I think they have the ability to go all the way. Australia have had the success of knowing and being a part of a winning team that certainly is important in a World Cup tournament. They should definitely make it to the semis,” Kumble told the CricketNext.
Before the kick-off of the World Cup, Australia will face hosts England and Sri Lanka in their two warm-fixtures.