Australia’s experienced men play a huge part in preparation for these big matches, just how they carry themselves leading in. Still, I believe someone in the top three holds the power of success for their team if they are going to continue to Sunday’s final. Aaron Finch
started with a bang but he has been pretty quiet recently, David Warner
is a big game player just, maybe, he might be the difference but this is a massive stage. Steven Smith
has been in amazing form all summer, it’s had to imagine him missing out. These boys hold the key. Mitch Starc
is not only a good bloke but he is a game breaker and just maybe with the ball he will have some impact. Another key to Australia has been their fielding and it’s a credit to Mike Young and Greg Blewett getting it done.
Come this Thursday, India will have been in Australia for 126 days on tour. An amazing period where they haven’t been too bad at all. Yes, they lost the Test series 2-0, but if you think back to the Adelaide Test, it could have gone either way. Then during the ODI series, they tried a few different combinations here and there. But really, for them to experience the Australia conditions was so valuable before such a huge tournament.
Of course, a few of their players are going to be sick of the roundabout plane, hotel, train, hotel, play. This is something you get used to, but it can wear you down mentally. It’s a really credit to Duncan Fletcher and MS Dhoni
just on how they have got their players up and are playing with a real confidence and consistency.
As far as the game goes, it will be the same for India - the top three hold the magic for success. In all previous World Cup winners, the platform is where it is at and this will be no different. India’s bowling unit is bowling with a lot of confidence in their own ability. As usual Suresh Raina
, hussles up this fielding unit and makes them field above standard which is another good component about this outfit.
Two hurdles to go for these teams now, they looked fantastic but only one team can advance through to the final. Australia and India at the SCG on Thursday will be a huge game as they have played against each other a lot this summer. These teams know each other like the back of your hand, and between the summer of cricket and the IPL tournament, all these player have experienced each other so much recently. © ICC Development (International) Limited