Perth Now – Australia went from ODI easybeats to the World Cup semi final in the space of months.
- Australia’s top six in November was stacked with big hitters such as D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn and – to a slightly lesser extent – Travis Head, who joined fellow aggressive batsmen Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and Alex Carey.
- The experiment failed, so when Australia returned to the ODI arena, it did so with a more balanced side that included some quick scorers – such as Maxwell and Carey – combined with the more nuanced approaches of Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb.
- Australia then understandably took the same patient tactics into the World Cup, where it became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals – doing so with a convincing win over England.
- From Australia’s batting crop, Marsh, Finch, Warner and Khawaja will all be 36 and older at the 2023 World Cup, while Glenn Maxwell will be 34.
- Should his form continue, Alex Carey would be in prime position to wear the gloves again for Australia at the World Cup at 31.