Australia has been supremely dominant in the cricketing circuit in the last decade. The team has successfully made it to the semifinals of almost every tournament. Australia is one such board that has a say in the cricketing world equivalent to the BCCI. The team’s scouting abilities, their grooming facilities, and their sporting equipment and accommodations everything are top-notch. With the kind of resources at their disposal the Australian’s look formidable for getting a grab at the World Cup. Here’s a quick analysis of the Australian Squad: –
Strength of the Australian Cricket Team: –
The Aussies have a formidable batting line-up. With the kind of experience the players possess, they are certainly title contenders. David Warner, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell form their batting core. All of the above-mentioned players have experience playing on the UAE tracks. The two consecutive IPL seasons in the UAE have led to most of the Australians had the best hang of the situation.
Another strength is the presence of 3-Dimensional Players. Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis are three of the most important members. Their fielding, batting, and bowling make them the complete package.
Weakness of the Australian Cricket Team: –
An evident but unlikely weakness for the Aussies is their pace bowling unit. They have their highly experienced and professional trio of Cummins, Starc, and Hazelwood but we can’t ignore the fact that these individuals are not T20 specialists and lack game time of this format. Starc did show signs of good form in the series against the WIndies but at times he too was spraying the ball around and leaking runs. Most of the teams are getting in specialist individuals but the Kangaroos have gone with the tried and tested players.
Opportunities for the Australian Cricket Team: –
The UAE tracks are often expected to be spin-friendly and this brings up an opportunity for Mitchell Swepson. Swepson, the leggie banged on the international level after dismissing Virat Kohli in the T20 series against the Aussies. He was taken to the cleaners by Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya but his performance was impactful. With talks of Moises Henriques replacing Stoinis or Marsh in the team, Marsh can dismiss this rumor with a good performance in the World Cup.
Threats for the Australian Cricket Team: –
The Australian Cricket Team has the biggest threat in their experienced players failing at the big stage. The team has failed in this format most significantly because they haven’t established a domestic circuit for grooming these guys. After the inception of the BBL, the situation has improved. But if the likes of Warner, Smith, and Finch fail to score, the pressure will be back of the inexperienced crop of players.
Australian Cricket Team for T20 World Cup: –
First 15: –
Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Traveling reserves: –
Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams.