The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is getting closer and closer, with cricket fans able to watch 45 matches from the United Arab Emirates and Oman, and we begin our team profiles with Australia.
Australia and India (3/1 – Outright Winner) have lost out on hosting the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but all 16 squads will be doing everything they can to get their hands on the trophy and dethrone West Indies in the process.
Australia are one of the leading contenders to win the competition at 13/2 and we have taken a look at their squad ahead of the main stage of the tournament, which starts on October 23.
T20 World Cup Results
It might surprise some, but Australia have never won the T20 World Cup despite playing in every tournament since the inaugural edition back in 2007.
The best result for the Aussies came in 2010 when they reach the final of the competition, only to lost out to England in the showpiece event.
In total, Australia have won 16 of their 29 matches at T20 World Cups – a win rate of 55.17 percent.
In 2007 and 2012 they reached the semi-final stage, so they do regularly go deep in the tournament, but they did fail to qualify for the knockout stages in 2009.
Australia’s form heading into the tournament is a worry. Justin Langer’s men have lost their last five T20I series’ and a few of their squad could be rusty for the opening few games.
Marcus Stoinis has struggled with injury, while Steve Smith has shown signs of inconsistency. Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson have struggled to feature for their respective clubs, while Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa have struggled to play due to the Covid-19 lockdown rules back home.
However, Australia do still boast a star-studded squad and they could rely on the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood, who are in superb form in the IPL.
Maxwell is one of the world’s leading all-rounders in T20 cricket and he will be crucial to Australia’s chances of lifting the trophy for the first time.
The 32-year-old has been playing in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore of late, producing some impressive performances for the franchise, while he has over 1700 runs in the T20 format for his country.
Maxwell’s batting average in T20 cricket stands at 31.78 and he is also a dab hand with the ball, taking 31 wickets in this format.
Aaron Finch will captain the Aussies this autumn and he has already confirmed he will open the batting alongside David Warner, who can be explosive at the top of the order.
Finch is widely regarded as the third-best batsman in international T20 cricket at present and his aggressive style will hopefully give the Aussies something to cheer about.