Australia issued a warning ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup – Clinical 3-0 sweep over South Africa

The five-time World Cup winners completed the series whitewash on Sunday with yet another strong effort as they rolled to a five-wicket victory behind opener Travis Head’s career-best T20I innings of 91.

Travis Head was named Player of the Match as Australia chased down South Africa’s respectable score of 190/8 with more than two overs remaining after he hit eight fours and six sixes during a fun 48-ball stay.

For this year’s 50-over showcase, Head was chosen to Australia’s provisional World Cup team last month. With his first T20I half-century against the Proteas, the left-hander demonstrated he could be a significant contributor to the event.

Head remarked, “It’s nice to be back and contributing.”

“This format has had little opportunity for a time. I had been having a little trouble figuring out my tempo and strategy for the top.

Mitch Marsh, an all-arounder, was voted Player of the Series for his 186 runs. If he can maintain the hard-hitting form he shown against South Africa, the Australia skipper might play a significant role in his team’s World Cup assault in India.

The 31-year-old Marsh was thrilled that in his first series as Australia’s new T20I captain, his team could cruise to a comfortable series victory.

A relatively young team that came over here and won the series 3-0 makes me really pleased, Marsh added.

We worked really well as a team. We did a great job of preparing for the game.Although we occasionally had some luck, as a team we always tried to be optimistic.

While South Africa greatly missed the talents of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje throughout the series, white-ball coach Rob Walter was not providing any explanations for his team’s underwhelming results.

There is no getting around the fact that their batting prowess was superior to what we had to give with the ball, Walter said.

“We learned a painful lesson about not using our skills. The bowling unit found it to be eye-opening.

The sides will now play a five-match ODI series in South Africa over the course of the following two weeks to acquire some crucial 50-over practise in advance of the World Cup. On Thursday, Bloemfontein will host the first game of that series.

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