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The player that epitomised Australia's WC tease


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With Australia crashing out of the ICC Cricket World Cup against old rivals England last night, it is time to take stock on how the team performed.

The defending champions were perhaps the tournament's biggest tease, often showcasing some of its best cricket while being dogged by repeated mistakes.

In the end, after promising so much throughout the group stage of the tournament, Australia's campaign ended with a whimper, a disappointing result for a team that came into the World Cup as arguably the hottest side in the game.

As the Australians lick their wounds after the thumping eight-wicket loss to England, here's a look at how the team performed and what lies ahead.

RISING STOCK

Alex Carey

Alex Carey

Carey was the player that won over the most fans in Australia's semi-final drubbing with his fighting knock after being hit in the jaw by a Jofra Archer thunderbolt.

The Australian wicketkeeper may have been well known at home, but announced himself to the world during this tournament, finishing with 375 runs at an average of 62.50 and a strike rate of 104.16.

It was somewhat unfortunate that despite his tremendous success throughout the World Cup, Carey was often deployed at No.7 and either ran out of overs or batting partners.

The hope is that Carey's brilliant rearguard innings at No.5 convinces the Australian brains trust to propel him up the batting order in years to come, potentially even to open as Finch, Warner and Khawaja eventually transition out.

Nevertheless, he leaves his first World Cup as Australia's biggest winner and may have pushed his way into Australia's Ashes plans.

Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc

Unlike Carey, Starc was very much a known commodity heading into this World Cup and he further enhanced his reputation as one of the most fearsome white ball quicks in the game.

Starc finished the tournament with 27 wickets at a stupendous average of 18.59 apiece, beating Glenn McGrath's 26-wicket haul in the victorious 2007 campaign as the most wickets at a single World Cup.

With two World Cups under his belt, Starc's 49 World Cup wickets have him tied with Sri Lankan great Chaminda Vaas for fifth on the all-time World Cup wicket-takers list, having played 13 less matches.

At 29, unless his body breaks down, Starc will likely have one more World Cup campaign and he will have his sights set on overtaking McGrath's all-time record of 71 World Cup wickets.

With the flavour of the year being the likes of India's Jasprit Bumrah and England's Jofra Archer, it was a nice reminder of Starc's quality with the white ball.

David Warner

David Warner

Like Starc, it is not as if Warner was an unknown heading into this World Cup, but with 12 months on the sidelines, the dashing opener returned in fine fashion.

At 32 years of age, this campaign is more than likely to be Warner's final World Cup, and he signed off in fine fashion, leading Australia with 647 runs at an average of 71.88.

Warner showed a more circumspect side to his game upon his return throughout the early stages of the tournament, and was even criticised for batting too slowly at times.

Unfortunately for Warner and Australia, after his three centuries during the group stages, he failed when Australia needed him the most in the cauldron at Edgbaston.

Nevertheless, after sitting on the sidelines for the last year, it has to have felt good for Warner to have immediate success in the green and gold, and Australia will hope it translates to the Ashes series in August.

FALLING STOCK

Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis

Without doubt one of the disappointments of the tournament.

After a blistering start to his international career three years ago, Stoinis' career is at an interesting crossroads as the World Cup draws to an end.

On the surface, he is a talented all-rounder that can plunder attacks into submission while having the 'golden arm' ability to break partnerships with the ball like Shane Watson used to regularly for Australia.

However, there has to be a point where the 29-year-old's performances match up with the cult-figure status that has built him significant capital among Australian fans.

The worst thing an all-rounder can be is mediocre in both facets of the game, and that's just what Stoinis was this tournament with 87 runs in eight matches at an average of 14.50 to go along with seven wickets at an average of 34.85.

Glenn Maxwell

There is perhaps no player that epitomises the tease that is the Australian team than the mercurial Glenn Maxwell.

Just like the Australian team, on his day Maxwell can rip apart any team in the world. The problem is that those days come too few and far between. Maxwell has the talent to be the best batsmen in ODI cricket, but 177 runs at just 22.12 is a desperately disappointing return.

In previous years, there has been a lack of opportunity for Maxwell to play significant innings given his batting position, but he blew two major opportunities in this World Cup.

The first was in the group stage against the West Indies as he strode out with Australia in dire straits only to play an ill-advised hook stroke before getting off the mark.

The second was in the semi-final. Maxwell was demoted behind Carey, and after a brief flicker of hope, perished to a poor stroke that led to Australia's eventual demise.

Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa

For a player that really had an opportunity to cement his status as Australia's leading limited overs spinner, it was a tournament to forget for Zampa.

At 27, Zampa's playing days are far from over and he could most certainly be in Australia's 2023 squad as an elder statesman, but you have to wonder if he is good enough for this level.

If you're one of the best limited overs spinners in world cricket, a return of five wickets at an average of 47.20 and an economy rate of 7.15 is simply not good enough.

Eventually, Australia did not have any more time to wait for Zampa and opted for the experience and guile of Nathan Lyon, a Test specialist, for the remainder of the tournament.

Zampa is never likely to crack into Australia's Test squad, and performances like this may confine him to the Twenty20 format at the international level.

A LOOK AT 2023

Nathan Lyon congratulates Mitchell Starc on a wicket

England's current success is the best example of why you must prepare for the next World Cup the moment you exit the current iteration of the tournament.

Following the disappointment that was the 2015 campaign, the English brains trust formulated the skeleton of the eventual game plan that has transformed the side into the most fearsome team in limited overs cricket.

Of the 16 players that appeared in this tournament for Australia, seven of them are already over 30, with five more between 28-30, meaning there's going to be a need for an influx of youth sometime soon.

Carey is almost a lock to be there, as is the 25-year-old Pat Cummins.

By the time the 2023 World Cup rolls around, Starc and Steve Smith will be 33, giving both a chance at a farewell World Cup, while Maxwell will be 34, it is likely that all three will be in Australia's next squad.

In the bowling department, Jhye Richardson will almost certainly be taking the new ball, while young talents such as Will Pucovski could fill the void left by the Finchs and Khawajas of the world at the top of the order.

However, before selecting its next wave of players, Australia needs to figure out its ODI identity well in advance of the next World Cup.

With Australia crashing out of the ICC Cricket World Cup against old rivals England last night, it is time to take stock on how the team performed.

The defending champions were perhaps the tournament's biggest tease, often showcasing some of its best cricket while being dogged by repeated mistakes.

In the end, after promising so much throughout the group stage of the tournament, Australia's campaign ended with a whimper, a disappointing result for a team that came into the World Cup as arguably the hottest side in the game.

As the Australians lick their wounds after the thumping eight-wicket loss to England, here's a look at how the team performed and what lies ahead.

RISING STOCK

Alex Carey

Alex Carey

Carey was the player that won over the most fans in Australia's semi-final drubbing with his fighting knock after being hit in the jaw by a Jofra Archer thunderbolt.

The Australian wicketkeeper may have been well known at home, but announced himself to the world during this tournament, finishing with 375 runs at an average of 62.50 and a strike rate of 104.16.

It was somewhat unfortunate that despite his tremendous success throughout the World Cup, Carey was often deployed at No.7 and either ran out of overs or batting partners.

The hope is that Carey's brilliant rearguard innings at No.5 convinces the Australian brains trust to propel him up the batting order in years to come, potentially even to open as Finch, Warner and Khawaja eventually transition out.

Nevertheless, he leaves his first World Cup as Australia's biggest winner and may have pushed his way into Australia's Ashes plans.

Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc

Unlike Carey, Starc was very much a known commodity heading into this World Cup and he further enhanced his reputation as one of the most fearsome white ball quicks in the game.

Starc finished the tournament with 27 wickets at a stupendous average of 18.59 apiece, beating Glenn McGrath's 26-wicket haul in the victorious 2007 campaign as the most wickets at a single World Cup.

With two World Cups under his belt, Starc's 49 World Cup wickets have him tied with Sri Lankan great Chaminda Vaas for fifth on the all-time World Cup wicket-takers list, having played 13 less matches.

At 29, unless his body breaks down, Starc will likely have one more World Cup campaign and he will have his sights set on overtaking McGrath's all-time record of 71 World Cup wickets.

With the flavour of the year being the likes of India's Jasprit Bumrah and England's Jofra Archer, it was a nice reminder of Starc's quality with the white ball.

David Warner

David Warner

Like Starc, it is not as if Warner was an unknown heading into this World Cup, but with 12 months on the sidelines, the dashing opener returned in fine fashion.

At 32 years of age, this campaign is more than likely to be Warner's final World Cup, and he signed off in fine fashion, leading Australia with 647 runs at an average of 71.88.

Warner showed a more circumspect side to his game upon his return throughout the early stages of the tournament, and was even criticised for batting too slowly at times.

Unfortunately for Warner and Australia, after his three centuries during the group stages, he failed when Australia needed him the most in the cauldron at Edgbaston.

Nevertheless, after sitting on the sidelines for the last year, it has to have felt good for Warner to have immediate success in the green and gold, and Australia will hope it translates to the Ashes series in August.

FALLING STOCK

Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis

Without doubt one of the disappointments of the tournament.

After a blistering start to his international career three years ago, Stoinis' career is at an interesting crossroads as the World Cup draws to an end.

On the surface, he is a talented all-rounder that can plunder attacks into submission while having the 'golden arm' ability to break partnerships with the ball like Shane Watson used to regularly for Australia.

However, there has to be a point where the 29-year-old's performances match up with the cult-figure status that has built him significant capital among Australian fans.

The worst thing an all-rounder can be is mediocre in both facets of the game, and that's just what Stoinis was this tournament with 87 runs in eight matches at an average of 14.50 to go along with seven wickets at an average of 34.85.

Glenn Maxwell

There is perhaps no player that epitomises the tease that is the Australian team than the mercurial Glenn Maxwell.

Just like the Australian team, on his day Maxwell can rip apart any team in the world. The problem is that those days come too few and far between. Maxwell has the talent to be the best batsmen in ODI cricket, but 177 runs at just 22.12 is a desperately disappointing return.

In previous years, there has been a lack of opportunity for Maxwell to play significant innings given his batting position, but he blew two major opportunities in this World Cup.

The first was in the group stage against the West Indies as he strode out with Australia in dire straits only to play an ill-advised hook stroke before getting off the mark.

The second was in the semi-final. Maxwell was demoted behind Carey, and after a brief flicker of hope, perished to a poor stroke that led to Australia's eventual demise.

Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa

For a player that really had an opportunity to cement his status as Australia's leading limited overs spinner, it was a tournament to forget for Zampa.

At 27, Zampa's playing days are far from over and he could most certainly be in Australia's 2023 squad as an elder statesman, but you have to wonder if he is good enough for this level.

If you're one of the best limited overs spinners in world cricket, a return of five wickets at an average of 47.20 and an economy rate of 7.15 is simply not good enough.

Eventually, Australia did not have any more time to wait for Zampa and opted for the experience and guile of Nathan Lyon, a Test specialist, for the remainder of the tournament.

Zampa is never likely to crack into Australia's Test squad, and performances like this may confine him to the Twenty20 format at the international level.

A LOOK AT 2023

Nathan Lyon congratulates Mitchell Starc on a wicket

England's current success is the best example of why you must prepare for the next World Cup the moment you exit the current iteration of the tournament.

Following the disappointment that was the 2015 campaign, the English brains trust formulated the skeleton of the eventual game plan that has transformed the side into the most fearsome team in limited overs cricket.

Of the 16 players that appeared in this tournament for Australia, seven of them are already over 30, with five more between 28-30, meaning there's going to be a need for an influx of youth sometime soon.

Carey is almost a lock to be there, as is the 25-year-old Pat Cummins.

By the time the 2023 World Cup rolls around, Starc and Steve Smith will be 33, giving both a chance at a farewell World Cup, while Maxwell will be 34, it is likely that all three will be in Australia's next squad.

In the bowling department, Jhye Richardson will almost certainly be taking the new ball, while young talents such as Will Pucovski could fill the void left by the Finchs and Khawajas of the world at the top of the order.

However, before selecting its next wave of players, Australia needs to figure out its ODI identity well in advance of the next World Cup.

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