Australia is not done yet, says Jason Gillespie ahead of 2019 World Cup

Recently Australia lost all of their matches against England.

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Former Australian cricketer, Jason Gillespie believes Australia will still be a dangerous side at next years' World Cup at England. Jason feels despite their current ODI form, Australia will bounce back stronger in the 2019 World Cup, beginning May 30.

Recently, Australia failed to win a single game against England in their ODI series and a one-off T20 which took place on June 27 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Jason Gillespie believes it is foolish to think that five-time World Cup champions cannot win once again.

"Everyone is taking pot shots at Australia at the moment," he told Talk Sport radio. "But mark my words, come the World Cup I think we're going to surprise a few people.

"Everyone is talking up England and England deserve to be talked up because they're playing wonderful cricket.

"England deserve to be favourites, but do not write off Australia. I'm still backing them to win the tournament. I think they can do it and I think they can surprise a few people.

"People would have seen them this tour and everyone will just be laughing and shouting me down ... but mark my words, never write off the Aussies. We're going to be coming hard so look out."

Jason Gillespie acknowledged the absence of big players in the team may have costed Australia in the five-match ODI series against England. He even added several wrong decisions were made by the selectors.

Before the white-ball 2019 World Cup, Australia will be playing 16 ODIs that will give enough time to Justin Langer for selecting best XI for the World Cup.

Steve Smith and David Warner who are out for more nine months due to their involvement in ball tampering scandal are taking part in Global Canada T20 league.

"If (they) come back in, all of a sudden you've got 800 games of experience again and we've got a lot more experienced team,” Langer said on Wednesday.

"And if some of these young guys who are gaining some experience here, or the guys who have taken it up – Shaun Marsh in the one-day series, he scored two hundreds. Ashton Agar has been really good with the ball and shown a lot with the bat. Billy Stanlake has had some good games.

"If we can get some of those guys learning and growing and if some of the other guys are available, who knows what could happen in 12 months' time?" Langer concluded.

(Inputs from Cricket Australia)


By Kunal Kataria - 29 Jun, 2018

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