Glenn McGrath names his semi-finalists for 2023 World Cup
By SMCS - Aug 8, 2023 10:40 am
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Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath has picked his four semi-finalists for the 2023 ODI World Cup, which will take place in India from October 5 to November 19. According to him, India, Australia, England, and Pakistan will make it to the knockout stage of the ICC event. However, Australia are the most successful team in the ODI World Cup, having lifted the trophy five times as well. Hosts India have won the trophy twice – the second instance coming in 2011 at home as well. While England are the defending champions, Pakistan won the World Cup in Australia in 1992 as well.


During his visit to the MRF Pace Foundation academy in Chennai on Monday, McGrath said: “Although the Test team is quite different to the one-day one, I think they will do well. Australia is one of the top four teams to make it to the semis of the World Cup. They like competing in big tournaments and big games. They perform well and have got enough experience, and also have some younger guys coming through. Also, they have enough matches in the sub-continent to prepare for the tournament. I put India and England as well. England has been playing some good one-day cricket lately. I will put Pakistan in there as well.”

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However, England are the current title holder of both the World Cup titles, having beaten Pakistan in the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as well. When he was Asked about whether England’s Bazball approach can work during their tour of India, McGrath added that it’s better to wait and watch how they perform.

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“They have proved it can happen in England and even in Pakistan. Bazball is quite an aggressive form of cricket. It’s all about playing with freedom. Teams have even played such cricket in the past, like the West Indies and even Australia during the Don Bradman era. But, how England plans to go in the Indian conditions, we will have to wait and see. But I like the concept,” Glenn McGrath concluded. “Undoubtedly, if you are scoring six/seven runs an over, it is quite lively. So, I think the bowlers need to adapt and adjust as well. It’s the first time they have come across such a thing in Test cricket to that extent. We have got to look after Test cricket. This is a new era, and you have got to play it like that. So, let’s wait and see what the future has for Test cricket and see if it’s sustainable.”