India are the ‘team to beat’ at the World Cup, according to Michael Vaughan who says ‘dated’ Australia must change their approach to defend their title.
Virat Kohli’s side comfortably beat reigning champions Australia in the first heavyweight clash of the 2019 World Cup on Sunday.
The 36-run win ensured India maintained their unbeaten record in the tournament while inflicting a first defeat on Australia, who won the World Cup on home soil in 2015.
After the victory, former England captain Vaughan said: ‘Outstanding from India… they are the best team I’ve seen in the tournament so far.
‘They look a very committed team. They’ve settled in the UK and Kohli has got the team buzzing. They’re playing very well in every facet. They look like the team to beat in this tournament.’
India defeated winless South Africa in their opening game and Vaughan added: ‘They’re a wonderful team and have every ingredient you’d want to win a World Cup.
‘I haven’t seen a team throughout the tournament who doesn’t look beatable but so far I’d say India are at the top of the tree and are the team to beat.’
After India posted 352-5 at the Oval – thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s century and contributions from Kohli, Rohit Sharmi and Hardik Pandya – Australia were bowled out for 316 in the final over.
David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey all posted fifties but Australia were never up with the rate and Vaughan says they need to adjust to defend their title.
‘I’d advise Australia to change their approach but that’s the way they have played. They play this style back at home – a very old-school way of playing,’ he told BBC Test Match Special.
‘But I think they could be a bit riskier, a bit more aggressive.’
On Twitter, he said: ‘This is dated play by Australia,’ before adding: ‘Officially not worried about Australia.’
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