You're worried about Lithuania, who we beat by 30 something in 2016. You're worried about France, who we beat by 20 in 2016 and who've only really got older. You list CHINA among all others as a team we need to worry about. Spain who we almost beat in 2016 and who've only got older. Serbia, who we beat in the first game in 2016?
We're going to have a better team than in 2016 yet you're worried about teams we wiped off the floor back then - teams who have got older while we've got better?
Honestly, I'm not too worried. We will either beat all teams in group 1, or drop 1 game which will put us in the crossover against the group with France and Germany. We would actually be favorites to win both of those games, launching us in the top 8 and likely avoiding the US in the first crossovers, probably putting us against one of Greece, Turkey or even New Zealand. Once again, on paper we'd even be favorites against those teams although, sure, I'd hardly be as sure about that as against France and Germany.
The absolute lowest threshold of success for this team should be top 8. On paper, we are anything from second to fifth most talented team at the cup. Probably second at this rate. Make no mistake, the Boomers 2019 team is going to be a big upgrade on our 2016 team. We had a very weak bench in 2016. In 2019 our bench is likely to be something like Dellavedova, Blanchfield or Gliddon, Sobey, Thon Maker, Brock Motum, Andrew Bogut, and possibly guys like Deng Adel or Mitch Creek. While you still would never want to play our full bench at any given time, there is certainly way more length, speed, athleticism and scoring punch off this bench than there was in 2016.
We're basically spoilt for riches yet you're worried about China?