The third match of a World Cup campaign often provides the answers needed for the final push.
It certainly did for Australia when it won the title in the UAE last year.
We might be quick to remember those crushing wins over Bangladesh and the West Indies, Matthew Wade’s late heroics in the semi final, and a dominant chase spearheaded by Mitch Marsh in the final.
But the only game Australia lost in the tournament, its third match against England, offered the clarity that helped produce those performances.
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Australia tinkered with its line-up, adding spinning all-rounder Ashton Agar to bolster its bowling stocks over No.3 Marsh.
The top-order promptly crumbled, and Australia was bowled out for 125 — a total England chased down with eight wickets and 50 balls…