When the Aussies traveled all the way to India for a T20I and ODI series there was one side which was a clear favorite. The reasoning behind the underdog going on to win is manifold including the lack of focus displayed by the Indian team but there was one thing which was unmistakable throughout all of this.
The Australian team started to look like the old Australian unit. They started putting up a fight. They started pushing the opposition. They started fighting even when their talent stocks seem to run on empty. If there was one thing that was evident during Australia’s previous ODI series against India, South Africa, and even Pakistan, it was the lack of fight which they put up every time they were in the middle.
This time though, that was not the case as the Aussies groveled to stick with the opposition and the opposition which was not mentally prepared for this crumbled like anything. The result? The current Australian team seems to have its mojo back. You look at this team and you realize that the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall in place.
They have great choices for the openers in Khwaja, Finch, and Warner. Smith, Marsh, Maxwell, Stoinis and Turner comprise a formidable and potentially destructive middle order. In Lyon and Zampa they have two reliable bowling options while the pace battery comprising of Starc, Hazelwood, Cummins, Richardson and Coulter Nile can challenge any attack in the world.
Australia always had talent, what they lacked was the self-belief and the confidence to put the past of the ball tempering scandal behind and focus on getting the job done. With that out of the picture and the team boasted by an amazing victory, we are looking at an Australian team that could, if it gets on a roll be one of the top contenders to retain their crown.