Australia are going in on sky high confidence. But will this tournament bring the defending champions down with a thud?
Australia go into the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa not as the team that recently lost the Ashes but one that nearly pulled off a whitewash on the Ashes victors. While there is no doubt, Australia are a competitive side, they have had their weaknesses, but England have perhaps looked into their own defeatist attitude through the ODI series of the NatWest Trophy to be concerned with exposing those in the Australian camp.
With Brett Lee firing on all cylinders, and the Australian batsmen, including Michael Hussey who has been struggling for runs, in fairly good nick, there has to be an exceptional bowling performance to restrict the Australian innings.
Australia would do well to start anew and now decide to soar on that false sense of security they have built up over the seven match series with England. Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, had essentially a team similar to this for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in UK and yet Australia were humiliated by West Indies and lost their footing losing to Sri Lanka.
Australia’s road has been slippery in recent times and if only one of the teams could create a little oil spill, perhaps Australia, even with the confidence regained, will find the road hard to handle. The key is not so much what Australia do but what other teams do to topple, as was seen in England.