ICC World Cup 2015 is round the corner and one of the biggest contenders to win the trophy this time is none other than the most successful team in the history of the marque event – Australia. One again if they win the coveted Cup, it would be their fifth world title. Let's find out the reasons why critics are faring them so high.
Home advantage: Australia are co-hosting the quadrennial event along with New Zealand. And playing in home conditions would be an added advantage for the Baggy Greens. Not only the conditions will be familiar but the crowd support will also be in their favour, which at times plays a crucial role.
In top form: Australian team is in excellent form in ODIs and they proved that in recently concluded tri-series, also featuring India and England. Australia not only won the crucial warm-up series convincingly but also crushed both the opponents in each match they played. Their outstanding form is another reason cricket pundits are rating them so high.
Best all-rounders: If you closely watch the squads of each team playing in the biggest cricketing carnival, you can easily find out that Australia are studded with the best all-rounders. In James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson they have spectacular all-rounders, who can win them matches single-handedly. And the kind of form Faulkner and Maxwell are in, Australia can ride on their shoulders to fifth World Cup glory.
Top Order: One of the major reasons for Australia to be in red hot form is their robust batting line-up. If their openers – Aaron Finch and David Warner – are in good nick, then batsmen like Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh too are going through a purple patch.
Well balanced unit: They don't just have a strong batting line-up but also a tearaway speedster in Mitchell Johnson. When the pacer made a comeback in the final of the tri-series against England, he showed why he is one of the most fearsome bowlers in the world. Along with Johnson Australia also have Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins at their disposal.