Whenever we think about cricket World Cups, Australia is a side that is always in the mix. They may have been in a slight rebuilding process of the past couple of seasons, but the squad is looking formidable again. But can they go all the way in the United Arab Emirates?
To answer this question, we need to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current Australian squad. Let’s see what makes Aaron Fich’s men tick and what they need to do to become World Champions.
What’s in this Guide?
Australia men’s T20 World Cup preview
Like the West Indies, the Aussies have certain T20 stars that can wreak havoc in the tournament. The likes of David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxell would walk into most other international T20 teams.
These players travel around the world for ICC events and and they deliver on a regular basis. Marsh, in particular, was the only shining light for Australia on their recent Bangladesh tour. His performances have helped him guarantee a spot for T20 World Cup 2021.
The Aussie’s main problem is a group that includes the reigning T20I and ODI World Champions. They will have to face England, West Indies, and South Africa in the “group of death” as it has now become known. But if there is one side capable of coming through such a group, and even topping it, it’s Australia.
Australia T20 World Cup fixtures
Check out all of Australia’s upcoming International Cricket Council T20 World Cup fixtures here. Once group games are over, all finals fixtures will be added to this table.
|South Africa vs Australia||October 23||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Australia vs A1||October 28||Foxtel / Kayo|
|England v Australia||October 30||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Australia vs B2||November 4||Foxtel / Kayo|
|West Indies v Australia||November 6||Foxtel / Kayo|
Which providers will show Australia T20 matches
|Provider||T20 World Cup|
How to watch T20 World Cup
If you enjoy live cricket action then Fox Cricket (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the channel for you, televising every World Cup game Live and On Demand in HD. There are several options for watching and streaming games at home or with a mobile device. You can even check these providers out for free.
Stream Australia games with Kayo Sports
You can watch Australia in the T20 tournament with Kayo Sports, which has a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo free trial, you will have access to these same World Cup broadcasts as Fox Cricket so you can stream all Aussie games live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo Sports doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.
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Watch Australia T20 games with Foxtel
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You also have the option to watch Australian cricket online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10 day free trial. This option also includes the ability to stream World Cup games using the Foxtel Go app. Fox Cricket comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.
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Australia T20 squad
The Australian team features players who travel around the world making appearances in some of the biggest T20 tournaments like the IPL, CPL and The Hundred. They are all signed to Big Bash League sides too, so you could argue that they are one of the most experienced teams in this format of the game. Check out the squad below.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Micthell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Micthell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell.
There is a lot of strength that runs right through this Australian team, from the top order right through to their death bowlers. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why many of the bookies have them as favourites.
T20 cricket has star players across the globe. And Australian stars are well-known for dominating matches. Selector George Bailey has reinforced the team with players like David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins. These highly experienced players have faced some high-pressure situations, and are just the type of general you need alongside you when walking into battle.
Along with the above trio, captain Aaron Finch and Glen Maxwell are also out and out T20 stars that can single-handedly change games.
World Class T20 all-rounders
To win a T20 world cup, every team needs a couple of all-rounders that can contribute with the bat and ball, and Australia are blessed in this department. Similar to New Zealand, the Australian squad has all-rounders that can keep the team balance intact.
The white ball team has the likes of Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis. Add names like Dan Christian, Daniel Sams, and Nathan Ellis in reserve and we start to see some great depth.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be all about who can dominate in the field. Along with India and New Zealand, team Australia can win a match with exceptional fielding performances, and they will be expected to be strong again in this area. Their players are fit, agile and always switched on. Top on-field communication between a team made up of captains is also a plus in this department. Teams with fit athletes always have the upper edge.
The recent Bangladesh T20 tour was nothing but a horror show for Australia. However, they didn’t have players like Warner, Smith, and Maxwell in the side. Still, with the T20 World Cup within eyesight, George Bailey and Aaron Finch will need to address some weak points.
The spin trap
It’s a known fact that Australia suffers against quality spin bowling. With UAE and Oman being host nations, the T20 World Cup might have spin-friendly wickets. Thus, with Narine, Adil Rashid, Shamsi in the opposing teams will cause problems for the Aussie batters. In addition, if Bangladesh qualifies to group 1, the battle for Australia will be psychological.
Inconsistent middle order
The Australian white ball setup relies heavily on the top order. With Warner and Finch likely to open the batting, Mathew Wade might have to bat down the order. Also, Marcus Stoinis has been out of touch with the bat in India recently. So, the team’s lineup will feel a tad uncomfortable against England and co.
Absence of quality spinner
Australia has Zampa, Agar, and Swepson making up their spin attack. Oman and UAE pitches might play on the slower side. This means teams with high-class spinners might win more matches. Although Agar and Zampa are in the top 10 T20 bowlers’ rankings, they aren’t as threatening as Rashid Khan or Shamsi. So, this factor is definitely one of Australia’s weaknesses.
Can Australia win the World Cup?
At this time, sides like West Indies and England look clear favourites to qualify to the semis. So, Australia will have to get good results against these opponents on the group stage.
Still, Australia can advance to the semi-finals with consistent performances to move one step ahead to their first T20 trophy.
Other T20 World Cup teams
The upcoming ICC World Cup is about much more than one team. Check out our other dedicated team pages here.
Streaming devices for watching cricket
Here is a comprehensive list of devices for streaming cricket games on your home TV or mobile.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)