Australia 15 man squad: G. Bailey (capt), S. Watson (vc), D. Christian, P. Cummins, X. Doherty, B. Hilfenhaus, B. Hogg, D. Hussey, M. Hussey, G. Maxwell, C. McKay, M. Starc, M. Wade, D. Warner, C. White.
Australia are traditionally a side that refuse to give up. Until the umpire calls the game to an end they fight to win it. They dig in, they are gritty and hard working, tight knit and high class. They may not have the players of the past but they are still playing high quality cricket. They need their inexperienced seamers to fire if they are to win.
T20 World cup record : P15 : W:9 Win %: 60% , L: 6 NR/T:0
Best performance: Runners up in 2010
With the bat :
Watson has a SR of 152, with 7 fifties and 43 sixes which is 3rd on overall list. He offers a reliable start and has shown ability to play very well especially straight. His runs are invaluable before the experienced Husseys anchor the innings later.
David Warner has a SR of 140.35 with 6 fifties, and 38 sixes which is 5th on overall list. He will be Watson’s opening partner and is capable of big hitting all around the ground. He does occasionally give it away so could be an early wicket and teams will target this. He is a seriously explosive player though and can take any side apart on his day. Look out in the crowd !
David Hussey: Has a SR of 112 , 3 Fifties, and 33 Sixes. He is experienced. Perhaps not what he used to be, but still a very solid middle overs batsmen. His Brother Michael Hussey is obviously also a very high class batsmen especially in pressure situations. David Hussey has struggled in the sub C against spin occasionally.
With the ball – Seamers:
Starc is a Left arm fast bowler that has taken 13 wickets in the Big Bash and 22 wickets in the English T20 league (the most). He is the ‘next big thing’ of Australian cricket for many. If he turns up for Australia in the same way he has domestically then he could be really special.
Clint Mckay could be the control that Bailey needs. He has limited T20 experience but is a fine line and length bowler. He is disciplined and able to vary his pace. He could be the control that Bailey has.. If he plays. Hilfenhaus is also a good experienced line and length bowler
Pat Cummins is a 19 year old injury prone, quick right arm fast bowler. He can move the ball at pace. If he stays fit he could be an exciting prospect. He is relatively unknown as he is so young and has not played a huge amount of cricket. He is in somewhat of a battle with James Pattinson for the fast bowling spot in the test side.
With the ball – Spin:
Hogg, Left arm Chinaman – Now past forty years old has come out of retirement and collected 13 wickets in the big bash. He averaged 18. He is unorthodox to many as left arm Chinaman is not a common trade. He could collect some wickets with his flight and variations, especially his lethal flipper and googly. In Sri Lanka a good spinner is vital so Australia need him to fire as Doherty is not a big spinner of the ball if he also plays. I expect Hogg to be the front line spinner.
Cool head: Michael Hussey – Experienced in all forms of the game. He has performed in test matches, County cricket in Australia and England, One day cricket, T20, IPL, Big bash spin and seam bounce and no bounce. He has done it everywhere from opening to finishing an innings, he is calm under pressure. He can take his side from a nervy chase put them in strong position from difficulty. If he is solid Australia are fine.
Lack of experience in T20: The absence of Michael Clarke will be a hit. George Bailey’s captaincy and batting is also relatively unknown and arguably weak so it could be a challenge holding his side together to win it. Australia’s leading experienced T20 bowlers i.e. Tait, Lee and Nannes are all absent so the new crop of Hilfenhaus, Starc, Cummins McKay, Maxwell Christian and Doherty have to step up. Despite limited amounts of T20I cricket, they have showed promise in the One day format.
Never underestimate the Aussies. The West Indies are their main threat but I expect Australia to beat Ireland to the super eights. They are a strong, gritty and hard working side. Often a tight bowling unit with capable big hitters. They could be the surprise package in the tournament with a relatively unknown side. The likes of Maxwell, Starc, and Christian have all done well domestically and will need to transfer this form over.