Australia may be seventh on the ICC’s rankings, but there will still be a target on the team’s back as the nation hunts for its first men’s T20 World Cup title in the UAE.
With names such as Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc on your team, it’s hard to fly under the radar.
Nonetheless, Australia has rarely made a habit out of winning in the game’s shortest format, and has had its struggles against spin and off-pace bowling.
So, does Australia have what it takes to win the T20 World Cup this year?
We’ll leave it to our Fox Cricket experts to explain why Australia will win — or why it won’t.
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Why Australia can win: They have a very well balanced bowling attack with good spin and pace options and two form batters and potential matchwinners in Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell.
Why Australia can’t: A lack of match practice for a large portion of the squad and injury clouds over several important players, like Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis.
Why Australia can win: Experience and squad depth.
Why Australia can’t: I believe they will win, however, a speed bump to get over will be playing against spin and pace-off bowling.
Why Australia can win: They have the team to do it if they can all fire together.
Why Australia can’t: Too many inconsistencies in recent times and a lack of match preparation bowling in UAE conditions. When compared to other teams, it might cost them.
Why Australia can win: They can win if the top three score heavily.
Why Australia can’t: With the pitches getting slow and low towards the end of the tournament we will have to play spin very well. Australia will struggle if we don’t.
Why Australia can win: This is our most balanced team for a long time providing we play players in the correct positions. Glenn Maxwell’s IPL form is also very encouraging.
I think Steve Smith will bat at No.5 and control the middle overs of spin — that’s been Australia’s Achilles’ heel over the past couple years and he’s our most consistent player of spin, rotating the strike.
Why Australia can win: They have an experienced and stable team that have been playing together for a few years now. There are very clear roles and responsibilities. It’s a balanced team with all basis covered.