Former Australian cricketer Mike Hussey believes spinner Adam Zampa and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will play a key role in the team’s bid to win the World Cup in India later this year.

Leg-spinner Zampa, 31, was first picked in Australia’s limited-overs squad in 2016 and since then has played 79 ODIs and taken 131 wickets. With Indian conditions expected to adapt to spin bowling, Hussey believes Zampa will be the preferred bowler for Pat Cummins’ team.

The wrist-spinner played a key role in Australia’s maiden T20 World Cup win in 2021 in the UAE with a skidding stock delivery, and took 13 wickets at an economy rate of just 5.81.

“Adam Zampa can play a big role for Australia throughout the tournament,” Hussey said on Friday.

“He’s been really good the last few years.”

The former cricketer said that the confidence with which Marsh is playing can have a huge impact on the fortunes of the team.

“And I think Mitch Marsh is someone who can definitely make a big impact. He’s been given a great role, he’s batting in the top three now and he’s playing with tremendous confidence. So, If he builds up his confidence, he could be a very difficult man to stop.”

Hussey was part of the Australian team that won the 50-over World Cup in the West Indies in 2007 and was most recently part of England’s coaching setup during their victorious campaign in the T20 World Cup last year.

He also cautioned that Australia would need the services of seniors like Steve Smith to complement the efforts of Zampa and Marsh.

“You can’t rely on just one or two key players to win the World Cup and it will take a collective effort. But I think for Australia to do really well, they have to really take the lead.” Guns are needed and I think when you think about it, you think about Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.”

The 48-year-old also believes that Australia will be prime contenders for the World Cup, starting on October 5, as the team has “found a bit of consistency”.

“I think Australia have a very good chance because they have put together a great group of players for a while. They all know their roles very well and they’ve got a bit of continuity in their team as well. “

Even though Australia were knocked out of the 2019 edition of the World Cup by eventual champions England, Hussey feels their chances of success are high as they keep trying to find new ways to win.

“I think they are trying a few different things. They did well in the series against India (in March) in Indian conditions and that will give them a lot of confidence coming into the World Cup.”

Australia defeated India 2–1 in the three match ODI series.

“And Australia have a great history in World Cup events. So, I know they will be determined to do very well. There are a lot of great teams out there. It’s hard to pick favourites, but I think Australia can prove themselves to be a Will give a big chance.” Right over there.”

Australia was the first country to announce its squad for the World Cup, with the five-time champions leaving out star batsman Marnus Labuschagne and including uncapped spinner Tanveer Sangha in a group of 18 players that was reduced to 15 before the cut. will be given. Off date on 28th September.

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