Nathan Lyon, the Aussies player, said the selectors would have a “great problematic” in picking the team for the CWC19 after his side beat Pakistan forcefully in the second one-day international in Sharjah. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.
The eight-wicket win on Sunday, 24 March, gave Australia a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, and pleasantly for the companies, their players are beating form at the right time. The architect of the win was a rising Aaron Finch, the captain, who recorded a second successive century to take Aussies past the finish-line with 2.1 overs to spare. U Khawaja, his opening partner, was outstanding in the auxiliary role, adding a 109-ball 88 in a first-wicket stand of 209.
Somewhere else, David Warner, whose one-year interruption lapses on 29 March, lit up the Indian Premier League with a 53-ball 85 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. And it all meant Lyon was grinning with confidence. “I was just said that Dave scored 85,” he said. “I really hope he has a bizarre IPL.
“That’s just going to reason a massive headache for our selectors heading into the cricket World Cup19. It’s a great problem to have for Aussies. The players in our dressing room, and with Steve Smith and David Warner back to team – they’re world-class players – we have sufficient to be flexible to whatever circumstances and scenarios are thrown at us. The guys worked their rump off, firstly, and are now getting the rewards in the central.”
It was the form of Finch, however, that satisfied Lyon the most. The Aussies skipper had gone 12 ODIs without a century but has now notched up back-to-back tons. “Hats off to him, he has been functioning his backside off,” praised Lyon.
“He has not had the runs over the summer that he would like. But he is been working stiff with Graeme Hick and Justin Langer. A lot of credit has to go to Finch but also JL and Hicky be worthy a pat on the back. It is perhaps the most controlled innings I’ve seen him play in a long time.”
The only blemish on a near-perfect day for Aussies was the injury constant by Jhye Richardson. The paceman disrupted his shoulder against Pakistan and had to be flown back to Aussies instantly.
“He’s clearly pretty shattered but he’s trying to stay upbeat,” said Lyon. “It’s very unsatisfactory, especially off the back of the summer that Jhye’s had.
“The way he’s been performing has been pretty impressive. Fingers crossed he can be suitable for the Cricket World Cup and be in the selection [mix] there.”
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