ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia Cricket Team Preview

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia Cricket Team Preview

The 2021 champion, Australia is heading to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with the intention to win it all after a disappointing performance in the last T20 World Cup on their home ground. The World Cup is scheduled to begin on 2 June 2024 and is to be held in the United States of America and the West Indies. Australia is a powerhouse this year after winning the ICC ODI World Cup in 2023. Fans are excited to see how well they do in the short form of cricket.

Mitch Marsh will lead the Aussies in tip-top shape going into the tournament. The likes of Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc have shown off a brilliant performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The squad also has some new faces along with some notable players missing.

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The Australian Team Announced for the T20 World Cup

The final 15 announced by the Australian Board came as a surprise to every cricket enthusiast. The team has the notable exceptions of Veteran batter Steve Smith, young gun Jake Fraser-McGurk, experienced seamer Jason Behrendorff, and all-rounder Matt Short.

The Squad:

David WarnerBatsman
Travis HeadBatsman
Mitchell Marsh (c)All-Rounder
Cameron GreenAll-Rounder
Tim DavidBatsman
Ashton AgarAll-Rounder
Glenn MaxwellAll-Rounder
Josh InglisWicket Keeper
Matthew WadeWicket Keeper
Pat CumminsBowler
Josh HazlewoodBowler
Mitchell StarcBowler
Marcus StoinisBowler
Nathan EllisBowler
Adam ZampaBowler

There are currently no traveling reserves announced for the Australian team.

A curious inclusion to the squad is Ashton Agar who has not played in T20s since last year due to injuries. 

The Batsmen

The Australian batters have made a name for themselves for being some of the best in the world. Each player in their lineup is a hard hitter and has the potential to change the tide of a game at any moment.

The Top-Order Batsmen

The top-order is led by the tried and true duo of David Warner and Travis Head. Each of the players is exceptional in their craft and always puts up big numbers on the board. David Warner boasts a strike rate of 142/65 and it, therefore, comes as no surprise as to why he has been a staple of Australia’s opening duo. His partner Travis Head also has an impressive strike rate of 147 which also seals him as a phenomenal opener for Australia. Captain Mitch Marsh is likely to take the helm after the opening duo and the all-rounder is a force to be reckoned with as well.

The Middle-Order Batsmen

Leading the middle order is led by Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell is probably Australia’s most valuable player at the moment. He was single-handedly responsible for Australia’s spectacular performance in the ODI World Cup 2023. He is continuing his incredible performance in the IPL. He has a strike rate of 155, an astounding figure that shows how easily he can put up runs on the board. Tim David will be helping Glenn in his conquest. Tim also has a high strike rate of 163.63 and is capable of holding his ground in dire situations.

The All-Rounders

The Aussies have a squad that is mainly composed of All-rounders. Captain Mitch Marsh. Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green are both great batsmen and bowlers. Mitch has a strike rate of 135 and a bowling economy of 7.74. He can hit hard to get runs on the board and restrict his opponents from hitting hard. He also is a great leader and can lead his team in whichever role he is playing. Glenn besides being great with the bat is also a great bowler who can slow down the pace of the game by bowling slower balls. He has a bowling economy of 7.98.

The Wicketkeepers

Matthew Wade and Josh Inglish are about to put on their gloves for the Australian team. Inglis has demonstrated that he could be the next strong middle-order batting choice outside the current players and proved his ability by scoring a century against India last November when he batted at number 3. Australia’s decision to stick with Wade as their wicketkeeper has been justified by his performance statistics. Since the beginning of the 2021 World Cup, he has maintained an average of 52 with the bat and a strike rate of 151.60 in 25 innings, mostly from number 7.

The Bowlers

Australia has a great blend of spinners and pacers. The big three of Australia’s pacers, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc, are a part of the squad surprising no one. Each of them is an accomplished pace bowler and boasts some incredible figures. Mitchell Starc has an outstanding 74 wicket record in the 60 T20 games he has played.  He is also killing it in the IPL taking 15 wickets in the 13 games that he has played in. Australia’s spin lineup is also equally impressive. Adam Zampa is one of the best spinners in the format. He sat out the IPL and should be in top form by the time of the tournament. He has 92 wickets in his name out of the 80 T20 games that he has been a part of.

The Ideal Playing XI

Australia has many ways they can arrange the playing XI. The ideal playing XI according to us are:

David Warner, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Ashton Agar.

Mitch Marsh will be able to make some amazing plays with the bowling lineup. This also has the hardest-hitting Aussies in the top order who can easily put up a huge total on the board.