Firstpost's Tariq Engineer talks to Dennis Freedman, of Dennis Does Cricket fame, about Australia's potential weaknesses and whether they are favourites to win it all.
Playing at home, Australia were the favourites to start the 2015 ICC World Cup. They haven't quite lived up to the hype, losing a skin-tight game to New Zealand and generating some controversy over Michael Clarke coming back to captain the team at the expense of George Bailey.
They have also chopped and changed their bowling attack, seemingly unable to decide on their best third seamer after the two Mitches - Starc and Johnson.
What Australia do have in abundance is batting depth, with James Faulkner, possibly the best late-game finisher around, coming in at No. 8. But their opening combination is a touch iffy and they haven't produced a truly dominating performance like the ones India produced against South Africa and New Zealand produced against England.
"Warner’s ODI average is less than Ahmed Shehzad’s from Pakistan," Freedman says. "I think he only averages 33 or 34 (ed's note: It is 34.91) and he has made less ODI tons than Shehzad. And Finch, I am not a massive fan of Finch fan. He is probably like Chris Gayle is now. On his day, he can make a big hundred but what do you do for the other 15 matches?”
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Updated Date: Mar 24, 2015 09:22:02 IST