AARON FINCH of Australia celebrates scoring a century during game two of the One Day International series between Australia and England at The Gabba in Australia. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Australia are on the verge of returning to their heyday of the early 2000s with their depth of their playing talent, World Cup captain Aaron Finch says.
Australia's world title defence are just one facet of the tour of England, with an Australia A one-day series being played concurrently and a four-day series to follow.
The A-squad have opened their account with two massive wins, with Matthew Wade starring with centuries in both games against counties.
Both opponents have lacked their full-strength bowling attacks, but Wade's form comes after he hit more than 1000 runs in the Sheffield Shield last season.
The performances haven't gone unnoticed in the top squad, with Andrew Tye, Mitch Marsh and Ashton Agar also impressing with the ball.
"I think it's a sign of the strength that we are building over the last couple of years," Finch said.
"The depth of Australian cricket is starting to get back to what people call the heyday, the glory years of the early 2000s and times like that.
"When the competition underneath the men's and women's international team was so fiercely competitive; it's starting to get back to that."
"Guys are getting an opportunity, whenever it might be, they are putting their hand up and being counted."
Meanwhile Australia's hierarchy are continuing to manage players' workloads off the field during the World Cup with three months still left in England.
Just over a month into their visit, Australia are only a quarter of their way through their tour with a five-Test Ashes series to follow.
By the end of the World Cup, Australia will have spent more than 24 hours on the road between cities and travelled about 2200km.
David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are the players set feature in both series, while others could also double up.
Players have been given days off between games and travel to play golf and get away, with more expected in their week-long gap between New Zealand and South Africa fixtures.
"The last few days, and pretty much through our whole tournament, if there's been a couple of training days, one of them has always been optional," Finch said.
"Just to make sure that the guys are remaining as fresh as they can.
"Because I know when you're on the road a lot and you tend to be in your hotel room, in a dressing room or out there playing, or on a bus travelling up and down the motorway."