Thu, 15 Sep 2022

SWOT Analysis for Australian cricket team ahead of World T20 2022

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Australia head into the tournament as the defending world champions. The Australians had to wait a long time to finally get their hands on the one trophy that was missing from their cabinet. When they beat New Zealand in the final, Australia completed the full set of ICC titles which only a few teams have completed.

Australia embark into the 2022 tournament as the defending champions as they are set host it for the first time. Australia’s record in T20 world cup isn’t as good as it is the 50 over format. In the 7 editions so far, they won the title once and finished runners up once in 2010 to England.

Strengths – Strong bowling and destructive T20 players

Australia possesses some of the most destructive players in the T20 format in David Warner and Glenn Maxwell. Also, one cannot forget the prowess of Marcus Stoinis in the middle order with the bat. Coming to the bowling, in Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood they have three of the best seam bowlers in the tournament. While Hazlewood gives them control and wickets with the new ball. Starc offers Australia with pace, swing and the ability to bowl Yorkers at the end. Cummins too can bowl with the new ball, but the Australia test captain bowls first change and is more than capable of unsettling the best with his hostile bowling.

Weakness – Finch’s form and spin bowling

Australian cricket team and its fans will be worried with the batting form of its captain. Finch has scored 247 runs from 9  games with 2 half centuries with a strike rate of 121. In the last 6 international games, he has scored mere 31 runs. This prolonged loss off form has led him to announce his retirement from ODI cricket, and from indications given he could follow suit from T20 post the world cup.

Australia just have Adam Zampa as a front line spinner, while Glenn Maxwell can roll his arm over when needed. Ashton Agar, despite having a good record in T20 cricket is in and out of the team. his last T20 series was against Sri Lanka in June this year. Zampa and Agar when in form can form a deadly duo, but just like the case with Zampa, the better players of Spinners could make a beeline to hit Agar over the top.

Opportunities – Tim David’s bow into international cricket

2022 T20 world cup will see the debut of perhaps one of the most destructive players in T20 cricket. Tim David, who was part of the Singapore team, was born to Australian parents. David stormed to fame with his power hitting during the various T20 leagues around the world. This year he was part of the Mumbai Indians team and showed his skills during the back end of the tournament. David, in 14 games has scored 558 runs with a strike rate of 158

Threats – The home pressure

Australia has no external threat, other than the one that comes from within. Australian team will be under pressure to retain their title at home. It could also be the last time that Finch, Warner, Smith and Maxwell could be playing the World Cup in the T20 format. Finch had already mentioned that, several Australian players could take retirement from the shortest format of the game post the 2022 T20 world cup.

Australian squad for T20 world cup –

Aaron Finch, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Tim David, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, John Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis.

Captain – Aaron Finch
Vice Captain – Pat Cummins
Wicket keepers – Matthew Wade and John Inglis 

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