Adam Zampa could be Australia’s spin weapon, along with Ashton Agar (Picture: IDI/Getty Images)
After two games at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India, Australia still does not look assured in the format – even after a blistering innings against South Africa in a three-match warm-up series.
Usman Khawaja’s purple patch continued with 58 in the win against Bangladesh, but Australia’s next highest score was 26 (15 balls) from Glenn Maxwell.
Adam Zampa’s 3/23 was also noteworthy, but there is still an overarching problem: the Aussies haven’t played to the conditions, and need to sort out a few more batting woes. Continue reading
The expressions from Bailey & Starc sums up Australia’s campaign (photo: Getty Images)
Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey had big shoes to fill, after the national side won an astonishing 12 of 13 games against England during the recent summer.
Travelling to Bangladesh red hot on form, things took a turn the moment Pakistan wielded the willow in their first group game in Mirpur. Continue reading
George Bailey at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup
Australia’s ICC World Twenty20 Tournament came to a close on Friday night on the back of a large 74-run loss to the West Indies. Chris Gayle led the charge and helped the Windies post 205. Australia never looked like threatening them, aside from a knock of 63 from captain George Bailey.
After scintillating and crushing form in their first four games, the Aussies seemed to “tone” things down against Pakistan, scraping through to the semi-finals on net run rate. Against the West Indies, the firepower of Gayle was the key in setting up a monstrous victory.
Having come into the tournament ranked 9th, the Aussies looked the goods until their Super 8 match against Pakistan, where the question was raised: ‘what do Australia care about?’ after their appalling loss to Pakistan.
It will also serve as a reasonable base coming into the Australian summer, which commences next month.
Here is a review of each player that took to the field for Australia: Continue reading
Shane Watson grabbed his third man of the match award in as many games as Australia cruised to a nine wicket win against India in Colombo overnight.
Watson scored 72 (including seven sixes) and earlier claimed 3/34 with the ball as Australia tested India with tight bowling and pressure. Irfan Pathan was India’s highest scorer with 31. Continue reading
Australia’s next World Twenty20 match is against India on Friday at Colombo. While the Aussies had to chase down 191 against the West Indies in a rain-affected match, India will be a much tougher task, given their squad depth. Continue reading