T20 WORLD CUP PREVIEW – AUSTRALIA

SQUAD: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa

PREVIEW: A somewhat unknown team has been picked for the T20 World Cup, with the inclusions of Peter Nevil, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile raising eyebrows among journalists.

A reasonably strong batting contingent has been selected, with plenty of fire power and diversity to the lineup. The emergence of Ashton Agar as a genuine all-rounder puts more pressure on Mitch Marsh, with both bat and ball. The usual suspects of Steve Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch,  Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell will be looked to to get the job done. However, perhaps the most important batsmen in the lineup will be Usman Khawaja. The golden summer will need to continue in order to Australia to get out of their group and stop the run of poor performances in the T20 format.

Much like the batting contingent, the bowlers selected for the tournament are a diverse bunch, with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye, along with all-rounders Shane Watson and Mitchell Marsh providing some off-speed variations. Being on the sub-continent, spin will play a big role and it will fall to Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa to provide the spark which has often been the downfall for the Australian’s in the past. However, the most important bowler in the squad is James Faulkner. One of, if not the best bowler of variations, his ability to tie down an end can prove the difference between a run-chase of 180 and 245. Also, his happy knack for taking wickets at opportune moments will be ever-valuable.

All in all, a strong squad was selected, however our lack of exposure to world-class spinners and sub continent conditions will play a big role in the Australian’s inability to either make big totals or chase them.

Prediction:

The Unsportsman – Semi Final

The Sportsman – Semi Final

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