The Australian cricket team for the ICC T20 World Cup has been announced. The ICC T20 World Cup will be held at the home of the defending champions Australia. The team will be keen to reign supreme in their motherland. Australia is going to be very tough to beat. The “Never say die” attitude of the Australians takes them a very long way. The team is filled with match-winners. Here is an in-depth SWOT analysis of the Australian team before the ICC T20 World Cup:
Australian Squad for ICC T20 World Cup:
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Strengths of the Australian Team:
The biggest strength of the Australian team is their flexible nature. The team is filled with floaters and multi-faceted players. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, and Marcus Stoinis can flip the games in a matter of a few balls. The next strength is the fact that the Australians are aware of their home conditions and will have crowd support in abundance.
Weakness of the Australian Team:
There are no evident weaknesses in the team but a backup spin option looks concerning. The team had Mitchell Swepson earlier but now they only have Ashton Agar. Maxwell is also an option but he doesn’t assure you a full quota of 4 overs. The form of Mitchell Starc off-late is also a point to ponder. Starc is a true champion and a big-match player. He does know how to perform on the global stage but he needs to get the yorkers right.
Opportunities at the ICC T20 World Cup:
The opportunities are in abundance. A big opportunity for Australia is to defend the title for the first time in history. The next opportunity is for Tim David. David and his citizenship document were fast-tracked so that he gets an opportunity to play for Australia. With that being said, the international cricket circuit is waiting to see what he has in store for us.
Threats to the Australian Team at the ICC T20 World Cup:
The biggest threat is that of “Too many cooks spoil the broth”. There are just too many great players. When we make the playing XI, you do not see a place for Steve Smith. But players like Smith are the essential binding force of the batting unit. You certainly cannot play Stoinis, David, and Mitchell Marsh together. And if you play them where will Maxwell bat is the big question? The Australian team management is spoilt for choices.
Schedule for the Australian Team at the ICC T20 World Cup:
|Australia VS New Zealand||22 October||Sydney Cricket Ground||12:30 pm Indian Standard Time|
|Australia VS TBD||25 October||Optus Stadium||4:30 pm Indian Standard Time|
|Australia VS England||28 October||Melbourne Cricket Ground||1:30 pm Indian Standard Time|
|Australia VS TBD||31st October||SVG||1:30 pm Indian Standard Time|
|Australia VS Afghanistan||4th November||MCG||1:30 pm Indian Standard Time|
The team will easily qualify for the semifinals and will finish second in its group behind England.
To know more go to the official website of the Australian Cricket Board.