[caption id="attachment_834175" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-834175" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Marcus-Stoinis.jpg" alt="Marcus Stoinis Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2019" width="628" height="355" /> Marcus Stoinis (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>After a lacklustre show in 2018, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> started this year on a good note as they outclassed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> 3-2 in their own backyard before hammering <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a> 5-0 in the UAE. With such results, the defending champions are now being considered as favourites for the 2019 World Cup and allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/marcus-stoinis/news/">Marcus Stoinis</a> feels the turnaround in form has happened just at the right time. <p></p> <p></p>Also, the return of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steve-smith/news/">Steve Smith</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/news/">David Warner</a> has further strengthened the Australian team, who will be eyeing their sixth title at the showpiece event. <p></p> <p></p>"I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us," Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session. <p></p> <p></p>"We needed it. We had lost a lot of games over the last year or so. It's good timing. Everyone started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a team," he explained. <p></p> <p></p>Stoinis also said the transformation was not something which happened suddenly but it was a gradual process. "From outside, it might look like it happened all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details. Even in the time we were losing, we learnt a lot, started getting closer in a lot of games," he opined. <p></p> <p></p>Stoinis also felt the return of Smith and Warner will help the team in the showpiece event. "It [their returns] is a massive boost. People have stepped up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to a World Cup winning combination," he said. <p></p> <p></p>Australia will start their World Cup 2019 campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol before taking on West Indies on June 6 in Nottingham.