Former India pacer Zaheer Khan believes Australia holds a distinct advantage in the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup owing to their abundance of all-rounders in their squad. He expressed that they have a balanced and strong squad for the World championship.
Australia will kick off their campaign in the 2023 World Cup on October 8 against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Zaheer Khan pointed out the depth in the all-rounder’s department of the Australian squad. The team boasts of Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.
“Australia have a great squad for the ODI World Cup. Especially they have a long list of all-rounders which will be an added advantage for the side. Glenn Maxwell is also set for a return in the side. They have Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis. Cameron Green is one of their attacking top-order batters who do not let you settle in as a bowler. Sean Abbot is a great player as well and should further strengthen the squad,” said Zaheer Khan on Cricbuzz.
“In India, we talk about Hardik Pandya being a huge plus for the side, and Australia have 2-3 of those and that’s why they will have the added advantage in the ODI World Cup,” he added.
World Cup Squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
Australia vs India ODI series kicks off on September 22
Australia is all set to play a three-match ODI series against hosts, India leading up to the 2023 ODI World Cup. The series kicks off on September 22 at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The visitors will be without the services of Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell for the first match. The duo is yet to recover completely from injuries. They are expected to make a comeback in the Indore match.