Australia batter Mitchell Marsh has hailed the success of the extra unheralded groups on the World Cup as “nice for world cricket”.
5-time world champions Australia meet the Netherlands in Delhi on Wednesday and are eager to keep away from an upset much like those that reigning champions England, Pakistan and South Africa have skilled at this 12 months’s match.
Afghanistan have surprised England and Pakistan to boost hopes of a semi-final spot, whereas the Netherlands claimed an analogous end result in opposition to South Africa in Dharmashala.
“Groups have gotten higher and I believe that is nice for world cricket, definitely in tournaments like this that may be fairly lengthy,” stated Marsh.
“We have stated a number of instances on this match there aren’t any straightforward video games.
“This recreation isn’t any completely different for us. We respect the Netherlands, they’re enjoying some good cricket and it is going to be a troublesome problem.”
Australia have recovered from opening defeats to India and South Africa to revive their top-four ambitions with wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Marsh made 52 and 121 on the prime of the order in these video games, however might bat at three ought to Travis Head be match after fracturing his hand six weeks in the past.
“Each recreation from right here on in is absolutely vital,” stated Marsh. “Some groups have misplaced a pair, and each World Cup recreation is excessive stress and excessive stakes.
“We had a sluggish begin and we had been put below stress at instances. However we have performed actually good cricket within the final two video games, and our vibe is excessive.”
Netherlands all-rounder Logan van Beek hopes the crew can proceed breaking boundaries forward of Wednesday’s recreation.
“I hope that one other of couple wins, [then] they’ll virtually cease joking about cricket within the Netherlands,” he stated.
“They [can] begin speaking severely about how that is really certainly one of our greatest sports activities groups within the nation.”
Watch Australia face Netherlands on the Cricket World Cup stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket and Sky Sports activities Essential Occasion on Wednesday, October 25 from 9am. Additionally stream the entire tournament and more with NOW.