Australia cricket team poses with trophy
Australia are the defending world champions (AFP Photo)

Ian Chappell feels Australia‘s recent resurgence in limited-overs cricket makes them one of the top contenders for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England.

Australia have won three straight limited-overs series this year beating India and Pakistan. They first toured India for a three-match T20I and a five-match ODI series.

After trailing 0-1 in the T20Is, they made a terrific comeback to clinch the series 2-1 before another come-from-behind win in the ODIs that followed for a 3-2 win. Following the India tour, they flew to UAE where they faced Pakistan in five ODIs and their upward trajectory continued as they completed a series whitewash.

“Australia has just completed a remarkable resurgence, transforming from a struggling ODI side to beat the highly ranked Indian team and follow that with a comprehensive series win over Pakistan in their home territory,” Chappell wrote in his column for the Mid-Day.

That the victory came in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia’s premier batsmen, makes the performance even more remarkable writes Chappell. The current defending world champions were also missing the services of two of their first-choice pacers in Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

“The victory over India was even more remarkable for the fact that they were at home and led the series 2-nil and Australia was missing four of their top players — two from suspension and an injured pair,” Chappell, a former Australia captain, opined.

He added, “Australia’s spirited revival, plus the pending return of star players now has them on an equal footing with India and England as joint favourites to win the World Cup.”