Australia won the Champions Trophy back to back in 2006 and 2009. These Aussies just love to win every tournament, don’t they? They’ve played 21 matches in CT: Won 12, Lost 7 and NR 2.
Australia’s progress in the 7 editions of the Champions Trophy till date.
Australia are in Group A alongside Bangladesh, England and New Zealand.
Steve Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Matthew Wade(WK)
David Warner will be the key batsman for Australia alongside captain Steve Smith. Warner has scored 1712 runs in the last 28 matches he’s played at an average of 63.4 and he has a formidable strike rate of 105. Smith on the other hand has scored 1268 runs at a healthy average of 45.28 from 30 innings. Both Finch and Travis Head have proved their ability to score at quick rates over the last few years.
Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc
The Aussies will be relying heavily on pace bowling. Mitchell Starc will lead the attack. He has taken 13 wickets this year at an economy rate of 5.24 and a strike rate of 25.
Glenn Maxwell, John Hastings, Moises Henriques, Marcus Stoinis
Maxell a.k.a Big Show has the ability to change the direction of the match single handedly. He has a strike rate of almost 121 in the last 21 matches he’s played. His off break bowling will also come in handy given the dearth of slow bowling options in Australia’s squad.
Chris Lynn only has one ODI under his belt so far but proved to be a destructive batter in the T20 format. In the recently concluded IPL he had a strike rate of 158 and scored 384 runs at an average of 38. It will be interesting to see him open the innings alongside David Warner.
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Australia were unable to beat the Kiwis in their last series which was in New Zealand, losing the series 2-0 while one ODI was abandoned. Before that they did thrash Pakistan 4-1 in a home series. It will be interesting to see how they progress in the Champions Trophy.
Australia got knocked out in the group stage.