Australia look favorites against Pakistan

Coming into the World Cup, Australia were plagued by concerns around their form.

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

The batting order felt all wrong; they were too many anchors and openers jammed into the middle order.

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

Josh Phillipe's non-selection seemed to compound the problem of too few power hitters,

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

while the express pace Australia packed in their fast bowling attack didn't look as if it was built for the UAE.

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

But since the tournament started, it turned out Finch and David Warner have ensured there's little the lower order has needed to do,

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

while Mitchell Marsh appears to have found form flying in the face of historical evidence.

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

Mitchell Starc and co. have demonstrated they aren't one-trick ponies, while the spinners - Adam Zampa in particular - has been one of the performers of the tournament.

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

It seems like the sort of thing you'd say about their trans-Tasman neighbours, but Australia are playing like a team better than the sum of their parts.

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Australia look favorites against Pakistan

With more ICC trophies than the other three semi-finalists combined, the business end of the tournament seems like a bad time to run into Australia.

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