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ODI World Cup 2019

Discussion in 'Cricket' started by Up the Guts, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Up the Guts Ken Catchpole (46)

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    We had the worst international win record in ODIs last year of any nation but the current series against India is now 2-2 as we chased down 359 last night—our highest ever successful chase. Could we be peaking just at the right time for the WC?

    Expect the squad to be fairly similar to the one currently in India and add Starc and Hazlewood as well as Warner—Smith is touch and go with his elbow injury. Playing classy stroke players as opposed to t20 baseballers like Lynn seems to be making a world of difference with Khawaja and Handscomb playing crucial knocks this series.
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  2. The_Brown_Hornet David Codey (61)

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    The curve is certainly upwards. I thought we'd be no chance at the beginning of this summer, but I'm coming round to the idea that this group (with some minor adjustments) might just go deep in the tournament. Something has to be done about Finch though. He's horribly out of form and has a massive technical weakness to the ball swinging in. He can't be selected, let alone be captain, in his current situation.
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  3. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    So what might our 15 man squad look like?

    Finch (c)
    Khawaja
    Handscomb
    Smith
    S Marsh
    Maxwell
    Carey
    Warner
    Stoinis
    Cummins
    Zampa
    Lyon
    Starc
    Hazlewood
    Richardson

    That leaves out Turner who I think just about has to be included after that innings he played a couple of days ago. One of the best ODI innings ever. Australia has to give themselves some T20 ability in the middle order to be able to chase down big totals. 180 off 20 overs with 8 wickets in hand is far more doable now than it ever has been. You just have to have the right players to do it.

    Handscomb has to have a crack keeping in the 5th ODI. I don't think Carey is playing well enough and I'm not convinced he's that much better a keeper that we have to pick him in our best XI.

    Finch is clearly a problem but who else can lead the side? It would really have to be Smith returning straight into the side as captain. I don't know we can do that.

    Starc could easily not recover and miss through injury. If he's fit he'll make the squad though.
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  4. Up the Guts Ken Catchpole (46)

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    Smith has a further 1 year captaincy ban in all formats so can’t be captain if Finch is dropped. That leaves Maxwell as the next best captaincy alternative, I wouldn’t mind him as captain but not sure if Langer and the selectors would pick him. If Handscomb keeps then we can include Turner and drop Carey.
  5. The_Brown_Hornet David Codey (61)

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    I'm all in on Maxy being captain. I think that would be an inspired choice.
  6. Froggy Syd Malcolm (24)

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    The Big Show eh? Interesting choice, could be fun.
    They may also consider Khawaja.
  7. Up the Guts Ken Catchpole (46)

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    Huge series win in India. Khawaja with another 100 making him a must pick and Zampa doing the damage again with 3 wickets in 14 balls.
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  8. The_Brown_Hornet David Codey (61)

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    That was a fantastic come from behind win and really sets up some momentum for the World Cup. Now to do the same against Pakistan.

    I still think England are favourites in their back yard though.
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  9. Up the Guts Ken Catchpole (46)

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    Definitely favourites as the dominant team since the last WC. Although the WI just had a tied series with them and they’ve never won a WC. Now that teams are starting to attack right from ball one in ODIs a lot of games have an element of unpredictability and the knockout games could include a few upsets. I’d say our WC record and underdog status could give us a mental edge should we come up against more favoured sides. I’m also tipping Afghanistan to knock out a favourite.

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