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Cricket: Australia World Cup warm-up plans

The 2023 Cricket World is fast approaching and Australia have just a few opportunities left to fine-tune their game before the tournament gets underway.

The World Cup begins on Thursday 5th October, but Australia are not in action until Sunday 8th October, when they take on host nation India.

Australia can be backed at 5.50 to win the World Cup, but the jury is still out on their chances of going all the way following a less than impressive build-up so far.

However, it is all about peaking at just the right time, and the Aussies still have a few games left to get themselves ready.

WhatWorld Cup 2023 
When5th October to 19th November 2023
How to watch9Now, Kayo Sports
OddsIndia 3.20, England 4.00, Australia 5.50

The World Cup build-up so far

Australia’s preparations for the World Cup appeared to be ticking along nicely as they opened up a 2-0 lead against South Africa in the recent ODI series.

However, it has all turned sour since then and there may be one or two alarm bells ringing in the Australian camp.

Australia went on to lose the next next three ODIs against South Africa, with the home side taking the series 3-2.

The manner of the defeats were also alarming, with South Africa winning by 111, 164 and 122 runs respectively.

Australia then moved on to a three-match ODI series against India, but that has also gone badly with them losing the opening two matches.

With the series gone, Australia do have the chance to rescue some pride and try and gain some confidence, when they face India again on Wednesday.

Australia can be backed at 2.10 to win the third ODI, with India priced at 1.72 to win the match and complete a series whitewash.

What is next for Australia?

Once the ODI series against India is done and dusted, Australia have just two more warm-up matches to play before they take on India in the opening game of the World Cup.

First up is a match against the Netherlands that will take place at Greenfield Stadium on Saturday 30th September.

The Netherlands are the huge outsiders heading into the World Cup and are priced at 751.00 to win it, which says it all.

However, it is still a valuable game for Australia and presents an opportunity to get some crucial game-time in for those players who have not played much cricket.

Australia’s final warm-up game is a much sterner test against one of the sides that are capable of winning the World Cup, Pakistan.

Pakistan are priced at 7.50 to go all the way and the warm-up clash is a big one for both sides.

It will take place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Tuesday 3rd October, five days before Australia’s opener.

Pakistan play their first game on Friday 6th October and will be out to pick up a morale-boosting win against the Aussies.

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