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ICC World Cup 2023: After Initial Hiccups, Australia Savours Sweet Success To Cap Off Stunning Year

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The World Cup 2023 win caps off a sensational year for Australia, in which it also beat India to win the World Test Championship and retained the Ashes in England.

Australia stunned host India in Ahmedabad to win the men’s Cricket World Cup for a record sixth time. Pat Cummins ’ men boogied past the finish line with six lattices and seven overs to spare, quietening the wild support from the 92,453-strong crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

The palm caps off a sensational 2023 for Australia, in which it also beat India to win the World Test Championship( WTC) and retained the Ashes in England.

The Australian pickers and platoon operation must be lauded for their bold opinions. Travis Head was the star with his counter-attacking hundred, getting the seventh player to do so in a World Cup final.

Head, who was in peril of missing this event after breaking his hand in September, was retained in the World Cup team so he could make an impact in the ultimate half of the competition. He didn’t play in the first four games but scored 329 runs at an normal of54.83 with a strike rate of 128 after his comeback.

Head had a hand in two crucial discharges in both knockout games Heinrich Klaasen with the ball in the semifinal and Rohit Sharma with a stunning catch in the final. He has now been named Player of the Match in the semifinal and final of the World Cup and the final of the WTC.

Australia’s decision to give another chance to Marnus Labuschagne also paid off freeheartedly. Firstly left out of an 18- man team for the event, the middle- order batter ended up playing every match of the World Cup and was involved in a 192- run cooperation — the alternate loftiest in a World Cup decider after Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn’s unbeaten 234 against India in 2003 with Head that proved to be the backbone of Australia’s World Cup triumph.

Wicketkeeper Josh Inglis, preferred over Alex Carey, made a pivotal 28 in a whim-whams- wracking, low- scoring chase in the semifinal before finishing with five catches, the most in a World Cup final.

Another crucial contributor to Australia’s golden glory was leg- incentive Adam Zampa, the lone specialist incentive in the team after Ashton Agar was ruled out with an injury. Zampa looked the most penetrative with the ball in the middle overs( 11- 40), as attested by his 17 lattices — most in that period, at an frugality rate of under six. With numbers of one for 44 in the final, he also equalled Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan’s record for the most lattices( 23) by a incentive in a single men’s World Cup.

Along the way, he also bagged three successive four- gate hauls, against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Netherlands.

“ His control of his length has been the stylish that I ’ve seen, ” Australia’s bowling trainer Daniel Vettori had said before.

“ I suppose we all know the chops and the variations that he has, but his capability to land the ball on the spot time and time again gives utmost brigades limited openings to attack him. It’s all about the length of control for him, because all the other chops are there. But when you combine that, he’s nearly unplayable. ”

It would be lazy not to mention Cummins, who’s now the first specialist fast bowler to lift the World Cup. And to suppose that his leadership chops were under scrutiny when his side began the event on a shaky note!

The right- arm quick had a memorable night in Ahmedabad, starting with his tactically sound call to coliseum first on a dry pitch, the crucial lattices of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, and excellent bowling and fielding changes. India’s top- order collapsed cheaply, and Cummins was quick to cash in, getting his sixth and seventh bowlers, Mitchell Marsh and Head, to rifle through their proportions, indeed resorting to 10 one- over spells at one stage. In total, there were 22 bowling changes in the final. So, at no point did he allow the innings to drift.

His value as a lower- order batter also didn’t go unnoticed; not for the first time this time, he helped to get his platoon over the line in the semifinal against South Africa. Before the final, Cummins had said that he regarded Australia’s 2015 World Cup palm where he was carrying drinks at home as his topmost moment in the game. Eight times latterly, he has his own moment to cherish in a time where he has had to overcome particular loss. It was during Australia’s four- Test stint to India before this time that Cummins had to return home to be with his ailing mama , Maria, who passed away during the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.

Also there were the two old doyens who stirred up shock and admiration in equal measure with their telling benefactions. First David Warner, who, with back- to- back centuries against Pakistan( 163) and Netherlands( 104), continued to give rapid-fire thresholds up top, proving especially salutary when Head was n’t around.

Still, the left- handed nature has formerly verified he wo n’t take up a central contract if offered one coming time and is doubtful to be available for the white- ball series at home against West Indies latterly in 2023.

Alternate, Mitchell Starc, who may not have achieved the lofty norms of the former editions, still stood up to be counted in the two knockouts. His numbers against South Africa in the semifinal were three for 35, which he also followed up with yet another three- gate haul in the final against India while conceding 55.

What makes Australia’s achievement indeed more remarkable is the fact that this is the first time since 2007 in the West Indies that the men’s World Cup hasn’t been won by the home platoon.

“ This time will be a time we flash back for a long, long time, ” Cummins said after the final. “ It’s been stupendous.( We ’ve) enough much spent the whole Aussie downtime overseas playing. But we’ve had a lot of success. This pips it all. This is the top of the mountain. ”

Australia was on a charge. Four times after being lowered in the 2019 semifinal by archrival England in Edgbaston, the Men in Yellow eventually proved to be impregnable in their trip of redemption. Know More Latest Cricket News…

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