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“Achieved something the greats of old never did” – Michael Vaughan praises Australia’s World Cup win
By SMCS - Nov 21, 2023 7:30 am
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes Australia’s 2023 World Cup win is one of the greatest wins in history, given India is the hardest place to achieve it. Vaughan praised the Aussies, saying that they deserve a massive amount of respect for showing they can dominate in all types of conditions as well.

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Australia annihilated India in the World Cup 2023 final

In his column for The Telegraph, Vaughan wrote: “This group of Australian players had the misfortune of following one of the greatest teams in history, that of the nineties and noughties. It is difficult to always be compared to legends of the past. By winning a World Cup in India, the hardest place to do it, they have now achieved something the greats of old never did.”

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“It’s been a very consistent group of Australia players. Seven of the squad won the World Cup in 2015, and 10 of them won T20 World Cup in 2021. Eight of the XI are part of the side that won the World Test Championship this year, and have shown they can compete in all conditions, which not all teams can, in India and England this year. They deserve a huge amount of respect,” Vaughan further added.

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Pat Cummins led Australia to another World Cup glory

However, Pat Cummins not only impressed as captain on Sunday but also as a bowler after being inconsistent throughout the tournament. The veteran finished with impressive figures of 10-0-34-2 in the final, dismissing Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer. Vaughan also added that Cummins also manages people brilliantly, citing his rotation of bowlers in the final as well.

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“Cummins is calm, precise, a great people person who understands cricketers and how to manage them. But inside he has the steel to drive the team. Tactically, he had a dream final. Choosing to bowl, then swapping his bowlers regularly, squeezing with the field, and bowling brilliantly himself. Australia’s bowlers were all excellent, and they fielded brilliantly,” Michael Vaughan concluded. “Travis Head led that with the catch of Rohit Sharma, a huge moment in the game, then played a superb innings with the bat. To be player of the match in the World Cup semi-final and final is very special. In no time at all he has become one of the most dangerous batters in the world, proving that you can improve over time.”