"I think everybody wrote Australia off because they were pretty ordinary and played some poor cricket over the last 12 months, but over the last couple of months, the ODI team has found its belief".
Steve Smith continued his good run of form ever since he made a comeback to playing in Australia colours.
Both Smith and Warner, playing their first match in England after serving their one-year ban for involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering row, were greeted by boos at various stages of Saturday's game from the 11,540-strong Southampton crowd. Considering this, most cricket world cup betting sites have them as one of the favorites to win the championship. "I'm just trying to keep my head down and move straight ahead and just do my job". He said, "I heard a few things as I went out to bat, but it didn't really get to me". In conversation with the reporters, Smith speaking about the crowd jeering, said: "Everyone's entitled to their opinion and how they want to treat people". He scored 76 in Australia's first pre-World Cup warm-up match against the West Indies in Southampton. If you look back at the time in March a year ago and you say who were the top five players in the world, you would say Kohli, AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, David Warner and Kane Williamson. They call it "white noise" I guess.
England do, however, expect to have Morgan back from a finger injury when they open the World Cup against South Africa at the Oval on Thursday.
The former captain has been working hard on his leg spin at training in England and also bowled repeatedly in grade cricket during his 12-month suspension previous year. I want them to enjoy the series. We all make mistakes.
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Even though one can't term the Finch-led side, as the favourites they certainly look a formidable team and it will be a surprise if they don't manage to get into the semi-finals. We are human beings and we have feelings.
"We knew it was going to happen..."
Smith walked into the middle after the dismissal of David Warner (43) in the 17th over.
Coach Justin Langer told News Corp Australia there were no concerns Smith and Warner couldn't throw down the stumps in high-pressure moments due to their delicate elbows.
The return of Smith and Warner to the team provides strength to the batting lineup.