Australia will hope to start the T20 World Cup against South Africa in the Super 12 Group 1 match here on Saturday, when it is in a poor state of the top game.
Australia is looking for its first T20 title and entered the game in a terrible game, losing to Bangladesh, West Indies, New Zealand, India and England in a bilateral series. Many preferred team members skipped the most recent white ball tournament, during which time Australia only won 5 games and lost 13 games. Therefore, most of their players are not prepared.
Lack of competition practice
David Warner’s state is worrying, but the team firmly believes that the opener will reverse the situation. He doesn’t have a dark complexion in the IPL; after scoring 0 and 2 last month, he was eliminated from the team for the second time this year. In his two warm-up games, his troubles continued and he scored 0 and 1.
Captain Aaron Finch, who is undergoing knee surgery, also lacks game training, as does Deputy Captain Pat Cummins, who has not played any cricket since the first round of the IPL in April. He arrived in the UAE even later than the others.
Another area of concern is the team’s general struggle against spin bowling.
It has a solid intermediate sequence, including Steve Smith and all-around player Marcus Stonys, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh in good condition, they can accelerate scoring at any given point, and is a recognized game Winner.
The depth of bowling in Australia is very large, which leads to selection difficulties. Spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa may play a key role in the UAE circuit suitable for spinning, leaving limited places for a series of walkers including Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood.
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On the other hand, South Africa will win three consecutive series against the defending champions West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka and two practice matches. Their spirit and form will be full of vitality.
After the revival, the team did not have the superstars of the previous Proteas team, so the expectations of winning the game were low, eliminating the huge pressure burden that usually casts a shadow on the team in every ICC game.
South Africa has a lot of openings (Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks), and when they perform poorly, the game becomes difficult for them. The shallow middle order and lack of solid finishers didn’t really help this situation. The state of power batsman David Miller is a big issue.
However, Proteas has a strong bowling attack, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje are in charge of the speed frontier, while Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are in charge of the spin department. Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan Mulder are their seam bowling all-rounders.
The world’s number one Shamsey, a star player in South Africa, has the ability to control the game. He has been perfecting his changes and is the leading T20I ticket inspector this year. He will be the key to Proteas.
- Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hadeswood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell , Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Stark, Marcus Stonys, Mitchell Swimpson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zan Pa.
- South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Preshamtorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamtorius West Van der Dusen.
- The game started at 3:30 PM IST.