ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Steve Waugh believes India defeat shouldn't dampen Australia's title hopes

Steve Waugh insists Australia's World Cup defeat against title rivals India won't derail the holders' bid to retain the trophy.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 10, 2019 23:25:56 IST

London: Steve Waugh insists Australia's World Cup defeat against title rivals India won't derail the holders' bid to retain the trophy.

Australia were beaten for the first time in this year's World Cup as India cruised to a 36-run win at the Oval on Sunday.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Steve Waugh believes India defeat shouldnt dampen Australias title hopes

File image of former Australia captain Steve Waugh. AFP

Aaron Finch's side were pummelled by India's batsman and then struggled to launch a serious run-chase, leading some critics to suggest they aren't up to the task of winning the tournament.

But former Australia captain Waugh, a two-time World Cup winner, is confident his country have enough strength in depth to make the necessary tweaks to get them back on track for a place in the semi-finals of the 10-team event.

"Australia won't be too disappointed as they have time to dissect this loss, fine tune their process, tinker with batting orders and bowling options and manoeuvre things around before the semi-finals come around," Waugh said.

"This World Cup is wide open right now with up to six teams believing they have a chance to lift the Cup at Lord's."

One of the few Australia batsmen to show signs of being able to match India's fire-power was Glenn Maxwell, who hit five fours in his 14-ball innings of 28 before paying the price for one aggressive stroke too many.

The rest of the Australia line-up batted too slowly before India eased to victory with a flurry of late wickets as Finch's side had to go for broke with the run-rate required reaching 11 an over.

But Maxwell backed Australia's approach and, like Waugh, believes only minor changes are needed to allow them to match India and tournament favourites England.

"I don't think we need to change anything and I don't think we were that far off, we just need some tinkering here and here, a bit of luck going our way," Maxwell said.

"On another day a couple would have cleared the fence or missed the fielders and we'd have been away.

"We were trying to keep up with the run rate but they bowled really well and fielded out of their skins. Their tactics were really good and the built pressure on us too quickly."

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Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 23:25:56 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254