Michael Kasprowicz, the former Australian fast bowler, on Tuesday (5th February), admitted that the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is going to be a tough one for his countrymen in the history of the showpiece event.
While saying that the five-time World Champions Australia has always gone into the showpiece 50-over event as favorites, but this time, they will face an uphill task in England and Wales to defend the prestigious title here.
Since the ball-tampering scandal in South African, Australian cricket is going through a tough phase, struggling to find their roots across the formats at the moment.
While the transition that the national side is going through currently would make things even more difficult for Australia, Michael said it is now up to the players how they create their own environment and path to bring back their World Cup title to the country from England.
Kasprowicz told media, “It is a different path for Australian cricket. They have always gone into the contest as a favorite. But this is going to be different. They have a new coach and a few new players as well. It is up to them to create their own environment and path.”
Meanwhile, David Warner is all set to join the national side immediately after his suspension is over, Steve Smith’s return might be delayed with the latest surgery, but former pacer is confident that the “world-class” batters would prove their credentials again once they return back to the fold.
Kasprowicz signed off by saying, “It has been an ongoing process. I think it is just not a matter of coming back, it is about a process and acceptance. Both the players are world class. If they are available, we would like to see them come back and prove (themselves) to everyone on and off the field.”
(With Times of India Inputs)