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Australia look to establish T20I pedigree

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Led by swashbuckling skipper Steven Smith, the Aussie top-order has Shane Watson sitting pretty at one end back amongst the runs, while Usman Khawaja and former skipper Aaron Finch battle it out for the other slot.

The Aussies may have mastered the art of grinding out results and outfoxing their opponents in the Test and ODI format, but it is in the T20s where the men from down under lack serious pedigree. The otherwise indomitable Aussies have been made to look beatable, having managed just one runners-up finish as their best in 5 editions of the World T20.

Led by swashbuckling skipper Steven Smith, the Aussie top-order has Shane Watson sitting pretty at one end back amongst the runs, while Usman Khawaja and former skipper Aaron Finch battle it out for the other slot. While Khawaja was one of the most prolific run scorers in the Big Bash League, Finch can be devastating on his day. Steven Smith and David Warner at number 4 pack some serious power into the middle-order, a sight most international bowlers would rue when on song.

AUSTRALIA’S ‘MAX’ POTENTIAL

Coming in at number 5 is the ‘Big Show’ Glen Maxwell, who can be the most devastating batsman since Chris Gayle in the shortest format. If he gets going – Australia can be serious title challengers this time around. What’s more, Maxwell, Shane Watson and Steven Smith can make valuable contributions with the ball – giving this Aussie side a much better chance of glory.

With Mitchell Marsh at number 6 and the mercurial James Faulkner at 7, this Aussie side boats of one of the most formidable units in the tournament. James Falkner has set the IPL alight in recent seasons, and will be looking to his record on Indian soil to take him through a stellar campaign. Peter Nevill dons the wicket-keeper’s gloves with less than 10 runs in his short international T20 career.

PACE KEY FOR THE AUSSIES

As it’s been most often pace is the key for Smith’s side. With no senior pacer in the squad – the responsibility lies firmly on the shoulders of John Hastings and Nathan Coulter Nile who can stem the flow of runs and pack in some firepower. Ashton Agar and John Hastings will battle it out for the final spot in the line-up, with leg spinner Adam Zampa too hoping to get a look in. All-in-all this Aussie side is capable of upsetting any team, and with New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh for competition in the Group of Death – who is to say they aren’t favourites for a semis berth.

 

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