T20 World Cup 2021: Australia team guide, key man, fixtures, squad, strengths, weaknesses and more

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Australia are chasing their maiden T20 World Cup title as the tournament gets underway this month, but will have to overcome a far from ideal preparation.

The Aussies have played a limited amount of cricket since the start of the pandemic and in the shortest form of the game they have endured a disastrous run of five straight series defeats, including consecutive 4-1 thrashings against West Indies and Bangladesh - admittedly with depleted squads - earlier this year.

The likes of David Warner and Steve Smith have struggled for form and playing time in the IPL, Marcus Stoinis has missed much of Delhi’s campaign injured, while key bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc have hardly played any cricket anywhere and may find the UAE’s slow, used wickets especially unhelpful.

On the plus side, Glenn Maxwell has enjoyed a superb IPL, while Mitch Marsh has been in excellent form for most of the year.

Key man - Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell’s form in the IPL has been the one major plus for Australia in recent weeks. The all-rounder has averaged almost 50 for Royal Challengers Bangalore since the tournament resumed and will have to carry that form into the World Cup to give his team any chance.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Australia squad in full

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

Australia fixtures

Super 12 stage

  • Australia vs South Africa (11am, Saturday, October 23)

  • Australia vs A1 qualifier (3pm, Thursday, October 28)

  • Australia vs England (3pm, Saturday, October 30)

  • Australia vs B2 qualifier (10am, Thursday, November 4)

  • Australia vs West Indies (10am, Saturday, November 6)

See full T20 World Cup fixtures, results and standings here.

Read More

Miliband urges PM to ‘get off sun lounger’ and treat Cop26 with ‘seriousness’

New gas-giant planet found orbiting white dwarf star

Daughter of 1930s Stonehenge custodian shares her memories of historic site

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting