The ICC had decided that warm up matches are essential before the World Cup. Each team was scheduled to play two matches in the lead up to the World Cup. So here are the top three three things that we learned from the World Cup warm up matches:
1) Amazing Aussies
Most people considered England to be the favourites leading into the World Cup. This was because the England team had been playing some amazing cricket. However, in the first warm up match, they were beaten by Australia. The Aussies have been in fine form, winning their last two ODI series as they outplayed India and Pakistan. They are peaking just at the right time.
2) Inconsistent India
Many fans felt that India were also strong contenders for the tournament. However, they were outplayed by the Kiwis in their first game. They were bowled out for just 179, indicating that their batting needs to improve a lot if they are to challenge. They managed to win their second game against Bangladesh, but their top order needs to improve.
3) Improving Afghans
Afghanistan stunned Pakistan by 3 wickets in the opening warm up match. The result showed that the Afghans can be the dark horses in the World Cup. Their spinners can be a major threat to any team. Although they lost their second game to England, they are likely to trouble a few teams during the tournament.
To sum up, it is clear Australia are a team to watch out for. The Aussies have managed to come back in to the fray by showing some great form in recent matches. The other teams around the world need to be cautious!