Complete performance underlines Australia’s World Cup claims Steve Waugh
Special Article on ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by Steve Waugh (Post Aus-Eng Match)
Without doubt this was a commanding performance by a team that is gathering confidence and momentum at exactly the right time.
Australia played an old fashioned ODI game based around a solid platform with the bat from the rock-solid Aaron Finch and David Warner, allowing the rest of the order to capitalise and construct a challenging total on a pitch that more represented a Test match than a one-day game.
Coming against a quality attack on the biggest stage in world cricket, Finch’s century was his best in the green and gold.
He is at the top of his game right now; mentally tough, technically sound, focussed and trusting in his judgement of line and length. He is leading the charge and allowing others the freedom to relax and play their own way.
Together with Warner, they continue to ensure Australia is ultra-competitive in every match by either posting an imposing total or chasing down any target.
Another to impress has been Alex Carey who is a hybrid of Michael Hussey and Michael Bevan. Carey plays with the perfect mixture of calmness and intent, assessing the situation and pouncing on any opportunities that present themselves in the frenetic pressure of the final overs.