Australian squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa
With the Champions trophy only months away, Australia has taken its first step to trying to claim what would be a record third title by naming the squad it will be taking to England and Wales. The return of Mitchell Starc from injury bodes well for an Australian team which will be stacked with quality explosive pace options with Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Josh Hazelwood all named alongside Starc. In fact the lineup it must be said will be explosive all the way through, with the likes of Warner, Finch, Lynn and Smith all set to spearhead the Australian batting lineup, with the likes of Maxwell, Head and Henriques all capable of devastating power through the lower order.
Its obvious this Australian side is built to blow opponents away with shear power. Its true this team is capable of setting record scores, or chasing down impossible targets, but what happens when we find ourselves 4/30? or even 5/50? Who is truly capable of rebuilding from a top order collapse in this team? Aside from Warner or Smith, who would both likely be dismissed in that situation, who in this team has that ability to slow things down and play to the situation? While Glen Maxwell showed much more maturity in his approach to his Test innings in the recent tour of India, is he prepared to put away his flashy reverse sweeps and slogs to help Australia with a middle to lower order rebuild? He’s proven in the past that in shorter formats he only knows one way, and thats ‘full power straight ahead’.
End of the day it will be an exciting Australian side to watch, whether that be as they soar towards victory or crash and burn short of their expected success.
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