ICC World Cup 2023 Australia Squad

Australia is the most successful team in the history of the World Cup. They will face an uphill task in India to emulate their success.

ICC World Cup 2023 Australia Squad
Dillip Mohanty

Written by: Dillip Mohanty

(Sports Editor)

Last updated: 2023-10-12

Australia, the most successful team in the history of the Cricket World Cup with five championships to their name, appears to be a formidable unit once again as they gear up for the upcoming edition of the tournament. Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been entrusted with the captaincy duties for the 15-man squad. The team has received a significant boost with the return of several key players, including the skipper himself, former captain Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and the leader of the pace attack, Mitchell Starc. All of them had been sidelined due to injuries but made their comebacks in the three-match ODI series against India.

However, the Australian side faced a challenging period leading up to the World Cup, losing five consecutive ODI games. They dropped the five-match series against South Africa after winning the first two games, and then suffered defeats in the first couple of ODIs against India before clinching a victory in the final match with a full-strength lineup. On a couple of occasions, the Aussies were tasked with chasing totals equal to or exceeding 400, highlighting their bowling vulnerabilities. The lack of a reliable spin option might also be a concern, especially considering that spinners tend to excel in subcontinent conditions.

Australia World Cup Squad

1.    Pat Cummins (c)
2.    Sean Abbott
3.    Alex Carey
4.    Cameron Green
5.    Josh Hazlewood
6.    Travis Head
7.    Josh Inglis
8.    Marnus Labuschagne
9.    Mitchell Marsh
10.    Glenn Maxwell
11.    Steve Smith
12.    Mitchell Starc
13.    Marcus Stoinis
14.    David Warner
15.    Adam Zampa

A Light Middle Order

The batting unit appears to be strong, with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh forming a formidable opening combination. Since October 2022, these openers have collectively amassed 973 runs at an impressive average of 74.84, featuring four century-plus partnerships and three half-century stands. Warner, in particular, has been the team's highest run-scorer since January 2022, amassing 942 runs at an average of 42.81 in 22 innings. During this same period, the top three batsmen have contributed 3131 runs at an average of 40.7.

Middle Order Batting in ODIs since 2022

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However, the middle order appears to be somewhat lacking, having scored 2586 runs at an average of 28.4, a figure better only than Afghanistan in this stage. The number 4 position will be filled by Marnus Labuschagne, who replaced Ashton Agar from the initially announced squad. Australia's number 4 batsmen since 2022 have managed to accumulate 733 runs at an average of 29.3, the lowest among all teams in the World Cup. Labuschagne, in contrast, has scored 630 runs in 19 innings at that position, with a century and four half-centuries, and could potentially resolve the team's middle-order woes in the World Cup.

Australia boasts the highest strike rate of 97.9 in the opening 10 overs among all the teams participating in the World Cup (since 2022). However, this rate decreases to 94 due to the lack of consistent partnerships. A full-strength playing XI might help address this issue. Furthermore, their strike rate of 130 in the death overs is the fifth-best in the world, indicating their ability to accelerate and finish strongly.

Pace-Heavy All-Rounders

The squad boast five all-rounders, with Glenn Maxwell being the sole spin-bowling option. In a pinch, the team might also rely on Steve Smith and/or Labuschagne for spin, but it's worth noting that Smith hasn't bowled in an ODI since 2020. Maxwell, who recently made his comeback against India, put up a stellar performance, achieving his career-best figures of 4/40. This performance took his wicket tally to 13 since January 2022 in as many matches.

The other all-rounders in the squad include Marsh, who occupies a prime spot in the batting order, Marcus Stoinis, who can adapt to various roles, bowls in the middle overs, and Cameron Green, one of the three Australian bowlers to have taken a five-wicket haul since 2022. Green might prove to be a valuable replacement option if the team decides to rest a fast bowler during the tournament.

With Marsh expected to feature in almost every game at the top of the order, there's limited room for another fast bowler in the lineup, considering the three lead pacers are likely to retain their positions. Sean Abbott could play a similar role in the lineup. The selection between Abbott and Green might hinge on the prevailing conditions, with the latter enjoying a slight advantage with his batting prowess.

Australia's Bowling Strength

Australia's bowling strength lies in their formidable trio of pace bowlers, with Cummins leading the charge alongside Josh Hazlewood and left-arm quick bowler Mitchell Starc, who has consistently been one of the best bowlers in previous editions of the tournament. Furthermore, Adam Zampa is the lone lead spinner in the squad, a crucial asset in conditions in India, known for being friendly to spinners.

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The combined strike rate of the Australian bowling attack stands at an impressive 33.1 since January 2022. However, their ability to take wickets in the first powerplay has been a challenge, with a strike rate of 42 during this phase. Despite trying several bowlers, none have made as much of an impact as Starc, who has claimed 14 wickets in 12 innings at a remarkable strike rate of 19.7. Overall, Starc has secured 25 wickets in 12 innings since 2022, the highest for any Australian fast bowler. 

MOST WICKETS IN POWERPLAY (1-10) OVERS IN ODIS SINCE 2022.pngThe strike rate improves to 39 in the middle overs, with Adam Zampa contributing 33 wickets off 45 in that stage, boasting an excellent strike rate of 27.3. Zampa has also been effective in the death overs, taking 12 wickets, with a wicket falling every 13th ball and an economy rate of 7.2. Cameron Green supports him with 8 wickets in the final 10 overs at a strike rate of 8.8 and an economy of 7.5.

With the "big three" of Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood back in action and fully fit for the World Cup, most of the bowling responsibility will rest on their shoulders, along with Zampa, the only specialist spinner in the squad after Agar's injury forced him out, making way for Labuschagne, who has bowled on 7 occasions since January 2022, taking 2 wickets for 194 runs. Maxwell will also be expected to contribute with the ball, given his role as the sole spin-bowling all-rounder in the side. He brings a wealth of experience from playing in India, having featured in 16 ODIs in the country.

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Dillip Mohanty

Dillip Mohanty

Dillip has over two decades of experience in creating sports content. As the Sports Editor of SportsBoom, Dillip brings in a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. Dillip has worked with leading sports broadcasters and sports web content portals in Asia. He is an adept storyteller and has a special liking for data stories. He has a keen interest in data analysis and uncovering insights from large datasets. He loves to tell the story with rich and compelling data visualisation.

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