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Australia – Key Players To Watch Out for This Semi-Final

Now that we have narrowed down to 4 teams, you definitely don’t wanna miss out on the crucial players who might give your cricket fantasy teams a valuable boost.

This is the first in a series of 4 articles where we analyze who could be the potential performers for your fantasy teams in todays Australia Cricket World Cup Team.

Mitchell Starc
You have to be living under a rock if you don’t have Starc in your team.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 11: Mitchell Starc of Australia bowls during game three of the One Day International series between Australia and South Africa at Blundstone Arena on November 11, 2018 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

He has taken 26 wickets in 9 matches, comfortably the most in the competition at an average of 16.61; his prowess with his yorkers is exemplary.

Moreover, if conditions favour him, he can also strike in the early overs. Leave him out at your own risk.

David Warner
David Warner is hitting deadly form at the right time. One of the major gains for Australia from their game against South Africa was how positive Warner looked throughout, in contrast to the beginning to the tournament where he was still getting runs but not looking comfortable at the crease.

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He has amassed 638 runs so far in the competition, the second most.

It appears his rhythm is back, and his headspace is very positive; expect HUGE runs.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch is not that behind his batting companion. He has scored 507 runs in the competition and looks set for more.

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Before the tournament, India worked him out and caught him in front of the stumps on a number of occasions.

He has worked through this brilliantly and ensured that he remains mostly side on. This has ensured that he has been dismissed in the first 10 overs only 3 times the whole tournament, once getting out to a spinner.

What increases his attractiveness is that Australia’s semi-final is at Birmingham, where the pitch is expected to favour the batters.

Also, Finch’s record against England in ODIs is exceptional; he averages 52.2 in 26 matches against them. He proved so in the league match earlier, where he scored a century and bagged the man of the match award. On Thursday, if he gets through the initial stages, he could wreak havoc.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon’s selection in the list is also inspired by the venue of the match.

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Lyon has played only thrice, but has already convinced the selectors that he is a better option than Zampa for the lone spinner spot. While he has only 3 wickets so far, his economy has been 4.55, which is exceptional.

What works for him is the bounce he generates, which is difficult to hit at times. Therefore, when the England batsmen attack him, they will present opportunities.

You NEED to pick differential players when everyone has the main men on their teams, and Lyon presents one such opportunity.

Alex Carey
Alex Carey has arguably been the best wicketkeeper batsman of the tournament so far.

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Granted, his wicketkeeping can perhaps improve, but he has simply been exceptional with the bat.

He has scored 329 runs so far, at an average of 65.8 and a brilliant strike rate of 113.45; he has stood up at the biggest stage for Australia. Another thing worth consideration is the injury plague within the Australia camp right now.

Shaun Marsh has been ruled out and Khawaja is on the brink of being so. There are question marks on the fitness of Stoinis and Maxwell. All these factors might lead Australia to consider promoting Carey up the order; perhaps even to 5.

If that happens, you definitely don’t wanna miss out.

So whom you going to have as Captain or Vice captain in your Cricket Fantasy Team? Let us know your predictions.