Australia’s Strengths and Weaknesses
Australia is the defending World Champions of the T20 format. The team will step on field in order to defend the title and they have all the means to do it. Their squad has all the right elements required for winning with almost no weaknesses. Here in this article, we have discussed Australia’s Strengths and Weaknesses.
In this World Cup, Australia will be exceedingly tough to defeat. The nation has already achieved a great deal thanks to its “Never say die” mentality. There are many match-winners on the team. Australia boasts a number of players that can win games for the team by themselves, making it one of the most brutal cricket teams in the world. Let’s examine Australia’s squad for the ICC T20 World Cup in 2022.
Australia’s Squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2022:
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Power hitters – David Warner, Tim David, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis
Anchors – Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, David Warner
Finishers – Matthew Wade, Tim David, Ashton Agar
Speed Guns – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson
Death Bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
Variation – Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa
Gun fielders – David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith
Wicketkeeper – Matthew Wade
Australia’s Strengths and Weaknesses:
Australia’s Strengths For T20 World Cup 2022
A deep batting lineup:
Finch and Warner form one of the most exciting opening pairs of the tournament. The team then has the services of Smith, Marsh, Inglis, Wade, Maxwell, and Agar. They have all the options only to get confused about which one to pick because all of them are good. Owing to the presence of plenty of allrounders in the team, it is a great batting lineup that should be a concern for the opponent’s bowling department.
Unfathomable bowling attack:
When the ball comes from a height of 7 feet on a bouncy Australian pitch, it becomes even more difficult to play it. As a result, the trio of Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins is enough to scare any batting lineup. Then there are allrounders in Marsh and Stoinis who know well how to take breakthroughs for the team. Adam Zampa is still unexplored by the rest of the world and together these players form a great bowling attack for the team.
In T20s this is a highly talked about aspect when it comes to winning matches. In the fast-forward game, the team needs to have the right amount of anchors, power-hitters, restricting bowlers, and breakthrough bowlers. The Australian team has all of them and in the right amount. The team has 5 all-rounders in its 15-member squad. They have a good anchor in Smith and Warner and great power hitters in David and Maxwell. Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins are formidable together. Even budding talent Richardson is such high quality that the team looks almost perfect.
Equipped with condition:
Playing at home has its own advantages. Australia is the host of the T20 World Cup 2022. They are equipped with the playing condition. Be it big grounds, fast pitches, or slow outfields. They won the last ICC tournament, i.e., the Men’s 50-over World Cup in 2015. The brash crowd will be on their side and it will definitely help them through the tournament.
Australia’s Weaknesses For T20 World Cup 2022
Even though Aaron Finch led the team to the 2021 World Cup victory, there were a lot of factors that helped the team achieve the target. Recently, the captain has been increasingly inconsistent. There is too much reliance on the talent of the team than planning and it can affect Australia’s performance.
The team on paper looks as good as it could get but in reality, Australia’s balance lies in its two pacer all-rounders, Marsh and Stoinis. Both have missed recent matches and if they recover and come back in the form will be a big question.
Too many options to confuse with:
As mentioned earlier, the team has way too many options. They have a long list of in-form batters and bowlers who are already established on the world stage. They have a lot of them and as there is a saying… “too many cooks spoil a broth”, Australia would like to avoid that.