ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: Australia

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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.

Also read: Our ICC Cricket World Cup guide.

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.

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank All-rounder rank
Aaron Finch (c) 32 109 Batsman 9 >100 50
Alex Carey (vc, wk) 27 19 Wicket-keeper-batsman 86 >100 >100
Pat Cummins (vc) 27 48 All-rounder >100 6 43
Jason Behrendorff 29 6 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Nathan Coulter-Nile 31 27 Bowler >100 49 93
Usman Khawaja 32 31 Batsman 18 >100 >100
Nathan Lyon 31 25 Bowler >100 51 72
Shaun Marsh 36 71 Batsman 43 >100 >100
Glenn Maxwell 30 100 All-rounder 23 96 16
Kane Richardson 28 20 Bowler >100 83 >100
Steve Smith 30 108 Batsman >100 >100 >100
Mitchell Starc 29 75 Bowler >100 12 47
Marcus Stoinis 29 33 All-rounder 38 91 18
David Warner 32 106 Batsman >100 >100 >100
Adam Zampa 27 44 Bowler >100 43 96

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.

Stage Match Date Start time (AEST) Team A Team B Venue Where to watch Result
Group 4 Saturday 1 June 10:30pm Afghanistan Australia County Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 10 Thursday 6 June 7:30pm Australia West Indies Trent Bridge Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 14 Sunday 9 June 7:30pm India Australia Kennington Oval Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 17 Wednesday 12 June 7:30pm Australia Pakistan County Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 20 Saturday 15 June 7:30pm Sri Lanka Australia Kennington Oval Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 26 Thursday 20 June 7:30pm Australia Bangladesh Trent Bridge Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 32 Tuesday 25 June 7:30pm England Australia Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 37 Saturday 29 June 10:30pm New Zealand Australia Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Group 45 Saturday 6 July 10:30pm Australia South Africa Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Semi-final SF 1 Tuesday 9 July 7:30pm 1st 4th Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Semi-final SF 2 Thursday 11 July 7:30pm 2nd 3rd Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA
Final Final Sunday 14 July 7:30pm Winner semi-final 1 Winner semi-final 2 Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine TBA

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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