New Zealand fast Trent Boult has declared Australia the staff to beat on the World Cup after Saturday’s 86-run defeat to their Trans Tasman rivals at Lord’s.
Boult grew to become the primary participant to take a one-day worldwide hat-trick on the residence of cricket however watched on as his center order collapsed with New Zealand all out for 157.
The win put Australia three factors clear on the high of the World Cup desk – albeit with India holding two video games in hand – and warranted them a top-two end to the group stage.
David Warner and Aaron Finch stay the main run-scorers within the competitors whereas Mitchell Starc has taken probably the most wickets in Australia’s bid for a sixth title.
“They’re performing effectively and there’s solely a few weeks left, they’ll be those to beat,” Boult mentioned.
“World Cups, they flip up for them. They clearly have a particularly good report at them they usually’re peaking properly now.
“Clearly there are some high quality sides right here but it surely’s all about timing for my part.”
New Zealand’s finals hopes will now relaxation on their final match in opposition to England, though they might nonetheless qualify with a loss if outcomes go their manner.
Both manner, there’s each likelihood they might play Australia within the semi-finals, after having additionally been overwhelmed by them within the 2015 closing.
However Starc mentioned he didn’t imagine the Aussies might take any sort of psychological benefit out of Saturday’s win.
“The 2 semis are completely different circumstances utterly,” he mentioned.
“It’s Edgbaston and Manchester, very completely different circumstances. Could possibly be completely different staff make ups.
“Whether or not we play New Zealand or India or anybody, we’re going to should plan very well after which execute on the day.
“Nice consequence (at Lord’s) however one win right now will not be going to win you the World Cup.”
In the meantime, Boult’s hat-trick was the primary by a Black Caps participant at Lord’s in any worldwide format, and the fourth general.
He completed with figures of Four-51, bowling Usman Khawaja and Starc earlier than trapping Jason Behrendorff lbw.
It marked his second in one-day worldwide cricket, his first coming final November in Abu Dhabi.
“Any quick bowler goals of getting three in a row wherever however to it out at Lord’s was fairly thrilling,” Boult mentioned.