ICC World Cup 2019: Selectors Will Have To Make Tough Calls – Justin Langer
Australia Cricket team recently witnessed a rapid spike in the one-day international form as they defeated Pakistan in the United Arab Emirate. Ahead of the series against Pakistan, they defeated Indian Nation Cricket team at their home turf. Aussie coach Justin Langer feels the recent form will compel the national selectors to take some bold decision during the team selection for the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Meanwhile, before the series against India, Australia hadn’t won an ODI series, and their prospects at the World Cup were gloomy. However, they’ve dramatically turned things around in the last couple of months, winning eight matches on the trot across India and the UAE. Especially, the way they made a comeback against India after losing the first two games was spectacular. Then they whitewashed Pakistan 5-0 to keep the momentum going ahead of the World Cup.
Selectors up for a tough job
Many cricketers have stormed back to form including skipper Aaron Finch. Moreover, with Steven Smith and David Warner returning from the suspension, the World Cup selection will be an event to keep a close eye. Speaking on the same, Justin Langer admitted that the selection will disappoint few cricketers. However, he also added that this is a tough job and they are all in it.
“It’s (the 15 for the World Cup) actually becoming more obvious by the day to me. The same with the other selectors,” said Langer. “It becomes more clear as you watch games. That’s why games are so important.
“There’s obviously going to be a couple of really disappointed players. But that’s the tough business we’re in,” he added.
“Aaron has had a really good partnership with David Warner as well. This partnership’s blossoming between Aaron and Uzzie at the moment,” Langer said. “David has shown he’s a very versatile player, Uzzie’s batted three a number of times, Finchy’s batted in the middle order. Versatility’s important,” he concluded.
Australia will begin their campaign in the ICC World Cup against Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.
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