Border said that he is confident with Australia winning the World Cup
Former Australia captain Allan Border said he is confident with Australia’s chances to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 because of how well they played in the league stage.
“After a gentle start, Australia now look(s like) the real deal and the win against New Zealand has brought back that old familiar feeling that often leads to a World Cup trophy,” said Border in an International Cricket Council (ICC) Media column. “This was a very impressive win because they did it the hard way.”
“In this tournament, they have relied on Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Steve Smith at the top of the order to get runs but all of a sudden, they had to dig deep, and to come through that is a very good sign,” continued Border. “I am really confident with where this team is at. India and England demand massive respect too and you can never count your chickens—but that old familiar feeling is definitely back.”
Border stated that fast bowler Mitchell Starc was the key to Australia winning the World Cup. This comes after Starc took 5-26 which maintained his place as the World Cup’s leading wicket-taker with 24.
“He had a break from the game with back injuries and different ailments before the tournament but he has got a fantastic rhythm going here and is clocking some serious pace, comfortable over 90mph, which is why he is miles ahead of the rest in the leading wicket taker column,” stated Border.
“You would have to pick him in your all-time Australia one-day international (ODI) side because of what he does in the big games. There are lots of other options out there but in the big games, he stands up,” continued Border.
“He has come to the boil at the perfect time and Australia now look a strong contender to win it, which is unbelievable when you look at how they were struggling six months ago.”
Australia’s last league stage match will be against South Africa on Saturday at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Australia currently have +180 odds to win the entire tournament.
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