ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: Australia

Can the Australian cricket team defy its poor world ranking to clinch a 6th title at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019? Find out in our Australia team guide.

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Australia is the most successful cricketing nation in Cricket World Cup history. Since the inaugural one-day international (ODI) tournament in 1975, Australia has contested 7 of the 11 finals, winning 5. However, Australia has never been such an underdog going into a World Cup.

Ranked a lowly fifth in the world, Australia's recent run of form has masked the fact the squad overall has consistently under-performed since it was crowned champions at the last World Cup. England and India are instead favourites for the 2019 event and Australia will have to fire on all cylinders to have a chance.

At least the country's two best batsmen are back, with Steve Smith and David Warner having completed their suspensions. Both are in form too after stunning displays in the IPL and warm-up matches. In fact, for the first time in ages, all Australia's batsmen are looking sharp and it's the bowlers that could be the weak point.

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Will Australia win the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

There's no doubt Australia is entering the 2019 Cricket World Cup as an outside chance. Australia can never be written-off given it's the most successful nation in ODI World Cup history. However, ranked a lowly fifth in the world, victories haven't been easy to come by over the last few years. That said, recent form has been solid with wins in India and Pakistan, and that was without the country's two best batsman in the team. With David Warner and Steve Smith now available, Australia's ability to post big scores equals that of any other nation. It's bowling where Australia's stocks are thin. With that in mind, if Australia bats first and puts the pressure on the opposing side with an imposing total, the bowlers may be able to rattle the cages and push Australia deep into the tournament.

How to watch Australia's Cricket World Cup games

There are three ways to watch each one of Australia's Cricket World Cup matches; Foxtel, Kayo Sports and Channel 9. We have put together a detailed comparison of these options alongside more information in our where to watch the Cricket World Cup guide.

Australia squad

Here is the 15-man squad of players who will be in England to contest the ICC World Cup 2019. This can be changed up until 30 May in case of injuries, so we'll update this list as required. You can also see the entire Cricket World Cup schedule, with all 48 fixtures.

PlayerAgeCapsPositionBatting rankBowling rankAll-rounder rank
Aaron Finch (c)32109Batsman9>10050
Alex Carey (vc, wk)2719Wicket-keeper-batsman86>100>100
Pat Cummins (vc)2748All-rounder>100643
Jason Behrendorff296Bowler>100>100>100
Nathan Coulter-Nile3127Bowler>1004993
Usman Khawaja3231Batsman18>100>100
Nathan Lyon3125Bowler>1005172
Shaun Marsh3671Batsman43>100>100
Glenn Maxwell30100All-rounder239616
Kane Richardson2820Bowler>10083>100
Steve Smith30108Batsman>100>100>100
Mitchell Starc2975Bowler>1001247
Marcus Stoinis2933All-rounder389118
David Warner32106Batsman>100>100>100
Adam Zampa2744Bowler>1004396

Australia fixtures

Here are the scheduled matches for Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This includes a guide on where to watch a live stream of Australia's matches.

StageMatchDateStart time (AEST)Team ATeam BVenueWhere to watchResult
Group4Saturday 1 June10:30pmAfghanistanAustraliaCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group10Thursday 6 June7:30pmAustraliaWest IndiesTrent BridgeKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group14Sunday 9 June7:30pmIndiaAustraliaKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group17Wednesday 12 June7:30pmAustraliaPakistanCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group20Saturday 15 June7:30pmSri LankaAustraliaKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group26Thursday 20 June7:30pmAustraliaBangladeshTrent BridgeKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group32Tuesday 25 June7:30pmEnglandAustraliaLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group37Saturday 29 June10:30pmNew ZealandAustraliaLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Group45Saturday 6 July10:30pmAustraliaSouth AfricaOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Semi-finalSF 1Tuesday 9 July7:30pm1st4thOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
Semi-finalSF 2Thursday 11 July7:30pm2nd3rdEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA
FinalFinalSunday 14 July7:30pmWinner semi-final 1Winner semi-final 2Lord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel NineTBA

Australia team news

Josh Hazlewood upset with selectors

15.05.19 – Josh Hazlewood was a shock omission from Australia's Cricket World Cup squad, despite being one of the world's top bowlers. After back surgery in January, Hazlewood has revealed he is back to 90–95% fitness, but that wasn't enough to convince selectors he was worth a late call-up. Josh Hazlewood said, "It was obviously bitterly disappointing [to miss out. It's not just a normal ODI series, it's a World Cup. It only comes around every four years. I was lucky enough to experience it on home soil last time. It'll probably hit me a bit once the tournament starts and you're watching on TV. Not playing cricket for four months went against me. I can see their side of things."

Steve Smith finds form in warm-up match

10.05.19 – In his last match before heading to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, former Australian captain Steve Smith has cruised to 91 not out against a New Zealand XI. He did it off just 108 balls, too, and was robbed of a near certain ton when bad light stopped play early.

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