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Australia on a realistic high of success

Success has been part of Australian cricket in the ICC World Cups since its inception eleven editions back. Australia has been winners in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015 and is the most consistent performers in the World Cups.

Australia has never lost a semifinal and made it to the finals on seven occasions out of 11 world cups which shows how well they soak the pressure in crunch situations.

Things however did not go well for them after their 2015 World Cup triumph. The infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which led to a one year ban of two key players, David Warner and Steve Smith has not helped their cause either.

In the absence of the two stalwarts, the Aussies struggled big way as they not only lost the subsequent ODI series in South Africa but also lost to India, perhaps for the first time, in a bilateral ODI series played in their own den.

However, they made a good comeback by winning both the T20I and ODI series against India in India and later whitewashed Pakistan in a 5-match ODI series played in UAE.

After serving their bans, Warner and Smith have now returned to the squad and their inclusion will surely make the Aussie batting line-up strong – which otherwise looked fragile in their absence.

The destructive Warner can single-handedly win the games for the team, while the strong-headed Smith can provide the team with stability required in the middle order.

With the likes of Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja at the top and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell towards the end, Australian batting looks strong and the return of Warner and Smith boosts their chances even more.

Australia has proven match winners in Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins who are expected to torment the opposition batting line up in the company of highly talented Adam Zampa and vastly experienced Nathan Lyon.

The Aussies know how to win big games and with their ability to raise their game in big tournaments, the men in yellow definitely can defend their title.

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