Australia has a reputation for being slow to get going. For the record, Australia had a rough start to the first edition in 2007.
Brett Lee backs Australia: Losing to Zimbabwe by a score of 5 wickets in their opening match.
They bounced back to reach the semifinals, and their rocky relationship with T20 continued in 2009 when they lost at the group stage.
The Kangaroos advanced to the semifinals in 2012 after being soundly defeated by rivals England in the final in 2010. When they couldn’t get past the Super 10 in both 2014 and 2016. It appeared as though the rest of the world had abandoned them. But a thrilling run to the final the following year cleared everything up.
“The last thing you want after the first game is to have to play catch-up. That previously occurred to India, and I personally experienced it in 2009. Then, Chris Gayle and the West Indies put us in a difficult situation—a game at the Oval I’d rather forget! starting strong in that first game and then playing with a little more freedom after that, “In his ICC column, Lee wrote.
Despite keeping the core of the team that won the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE in 2021, Australia has added a few new players, including Tim David and Cameron Green.
David and Lee will be held to a high standard; Lee, who is rooting for his team to win back-to-back championships. Stated that David would undoubtedly be one of the players to watch in the ICC premier event.
“Tim David is the team’s new face, which shows how stable the reigning champions. And is a major factor in my belief that they can repeat as winners,” said the author.
Marcus Stoinis is one of the many all-around players in the Australian side. Which has always been fortunate to have them.
According to Lee, this might be Stoinis’ World Cup.
“Over the past year, Marcus Stoinis has really impressed me. During the most recent World Cup, he performed admirably when called upon, however he only bowled in one game and batted in four of the seven. His form has been excellent, so there’s a possibility that we’ll see more of him this time around with both bat and ball.”
Regarding the “slow starter” hypothesis once more. Lee claimed that Australia is unstoppable if they can get off to a strong start.
It would be somewhat disingenuous to ignore whatever difficulties the Australian team. May have encountered in the lead-up while trying to emphasize how much a series victory in a new format would mean. However, a few of those games required coming back from really hopeless situations to win, which can only be beneficial psychologically.
“There’s no reason Australia shouldn’t be right in the mix at the business end of the tournament.” Lee continued, citing their experience and quality with both bat and ball.