In their matchup against the reigning world champions, Australia has something to prove.
The new captain of the Australian cricket team, Pat Cummins, acknowledged on Wednesday that his team had something to prove following their elimination from the Twenty20 World Cup. The team will begin a one-day series against the defending champions, England, this week.
While Australia entered the World Cup as the defending champions, they were eliminated in the group stage. In contrast, Jos Buttler and his team were able to cruise to victory and claim the championship with a nail-biting victory over Pakistan on Sunday.
“Yeah, I think you always have a point to prove, especially playing here in Australia,” said Test captain Cummins, who will lead the one-day team for the first time on Thursday as a result of Aaron Finch’s retirement from the 50-over game. Finch made the announcement that he was retiring from the 50-over game earlier this year.
“We want to win every series that we play, and realistically, we probably expect that to happen.”
Most of this squad has already competed in that T20 tournament, therefore. Although it is a different format, it is likely that we did not play as well as we are aware that we are capable of, and this presents us with the opportunity to compete against the very best right away.”
They will play England in three one-day matches, the first of which will take place in Adelaide, then on to Sydney on Saturday, and finally to Melbourne four days after that. Melbourne was the location where England defeated Pakistan by five wickets.
With this victory, Buttler’s squad became the very first to be crowned white-ball champions in both the 50-over and the 20-over categories.
“Cummins, who has recovered from an episode of gastroenteritis and will be able to participate in the game despite the fact that his teammates might be suffering from a sleep deficit, emphasised the team’s cohesiveness.