The Australians have once again emerged as the World Champions after defeating the unbeaten Indians in the final of the ODI World Cup at Ahmedabad. This has been a great campaign for Australia which ended with another global title. There have been many positives for the Aussies from this World Cup.
Let’s take a look at the 3 biggest positives for Australia from their ODI World Cup:
Pat Cummins’ Captaincy
One of the biggest takeaways from this campaign for Australia has been the leadership of Pat Cummins. The fast bowler has been able to lead the Kangaroos from the front. After the sandpaper tragedy Australian cricket went through a phase of turmoil. Aaron Finch took up the leadership in white ball cricket but he was not able to convert the same success in T20 cricket to ODI cricket.
There were also questions on Pat Cummins’ white ball captaincy and especially with Steve Smith in the team the questions became even more pertinent. But Cummins has answered all his critics by leading the side from the front and winning the 6th World Cup for Australia.
Evolution of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh
Another positive for Australia from this campaign has been the evolution of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh in the top order. In the initial part of the World Cup Travis Head was out of action due to injury which forced Australia to play Mitchell Marsh as an opener. Marsh grabbed the opportunity with both hands and opened the innings with Warner. After Head’s reinstatement, he batted at the No.3 and played with the same vigor which is a great sign for Australia.
Travis Head is another bright spot as he performed with the word go. He was out because of injury and he made the comeback with a fantastic century against New Zealand. In the final as well he showed immaculate maturity and guided Australia across the finishing line.
Adam Zampa emerged as a pure matchwinner for Australia. The Australian spin department was arguably the weakest in this World Cup but Zampa bowled in such a fashion that did not let Australia feel the void of another quality spinner. He picked up 23 wickets in 11 matches and ended up as the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. This was a sort of coming of age for Zampa and he has finally become a spearhead of the Australian bowling attack.
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