Australia are ready to peak at the right time in the World Cup, warns their fast bowler Mitchell Starc.
Aaron Finch’s men are currently top of the World Cup group stage with 14 points from eight games, having won seven of them.
There has been definite improvement over the weeks for Australia, culminating in their big 64-run win over England, with Starc in particular impressing with figures of 4-43, while he also took 5-26 in the 86-run thrashing of New Zealand on Saturday.
And, speaking ahead of their final group match against South Africa next weekend, the 29-year-old pace man says they have scope to get even better.
“I think our chances of winning the tournament are as good as any other team now,” said Starc.
“We’ve always talked about peaking at the back-end of the tournament.
“We’ve shown glimpses of what we’re capable of but we’ve still got room to improve and that’s exciting.
“I don’t think we’ve quite had the perfect game, if you like, as a bowling group.
“But we’re finding ways to scrap and restrict teams – and we keep improving every game.
“We’re finding ways to win. A big part of that is our calmness.”
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