Australian Cricket team is always considered as one of the favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. The legacy Australia carries makes them one of the strongest contenders to lift the trophy. Australia is currently the defending Champion as they won the last edition in 2015 by beating New Zealand in the final.
However, the road may not be smooth ahead as the Australian team has not figured out the set of players who will lead the side in next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. The Australian team right now looks way below par in the ODI format as the team has managed to win only 2 out of the 15 matches they have played in 2017 and 2018. Head coach Darren Lehmann also believes that Australia needs to settle with the core group of players in the next six months.
I would like to see us play with settled side, says Darren Lehmann
There has been to a lot of chop and change in the Australian team all due to test format and non-test format. As per ESPNcricinfo, Australian coach Darren Lehmann wants to see the settled Australian side in the six months. “The results are more about execution for us. We had to chop and change a lot of the side depending on what’s happening in the Test arena and going from Test to non-Test and obviously, Tests are a focus for us. So we haven’t been able to have a settled one day side. I’d like to see us play with a settled side over six months and see what the result is then, see how we play”, said Lehmann.
We need to be more aggressive, added Lehmann.
Speaking further, Lehmann said how the team approach the games will be vital. “Team approach will change in the fact you’ve got to be more aggressive in England because of the wickets, but then it can be overcast and swing, so you’ve got to have both ways covered for England as we’ve seen, you can play a certain way but you’ve got to be able to change, depending on what the pitch is and the conditions above”, added coach Darren Lehmann.
Although Australia lost the 5-match ODI bilateral series against England, the team has shown good comeback as they have won all of the three T20I matches they have played in the ongoing T20I tri-series against England and New Zealand.