T20 World Cup: Australia will begin their campaign against New Zealand on Saturday, 22 October. The Aaron Finch-led side hope to become the first team to defend their T20 World Cup title.
Aaron Finch-led Australia will look to defend their title in 2022 World Cup. (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has backed Australia to win the T20 World Cup. Lee, in his latest column with the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that Australia are a stronger team in this World Cup than they were in the 2021 edition of the tournament.
Australia begin their World Cup campaign against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground. This is the first time that the nation will be hosting the World Cup, which gives them an added advantage at home conditions. The team chose to make only one change in their winning 2021 squad, where they brought in lower order big hitter Tim David in place of spinner Mitchell Swepson. David was drafted straight into the playing XI for his special ability to hit the ball very hard.
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"The fact that Tim David is the new face in the team is an indication of the stability of the defending champions, and a big reason why I think they could do it again and go back-to-back.," Lee said in his piece.
The player also warned the opponents about the Australian pace bowling attack, who have shown the tendency to blow hot and cold in the recent times.
"…If they are going to do that, the bowlers will probably need to pick it up after the big guns struggled in Canberra, but write off Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood at your peril. Those guys have done it time and again on the big stage, and will thrive in the Aussie conditions," Lee said about people writing off the Australia pace attack.
Lee wrote that he expected the team to do well and even lift the World Cup trophy.
"Between their experience and the talent with both bat and ball, there is no reason why Australia should not be right in the mix at the business end of the tournament," Lee said
"And considering this is the first time the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is being played in Australia, expect it to be an amazing event with the crowds cheering on Aaron Finch and the guys – starting with an electric atmosphere at the SCG," he concluded.
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Oct 22, 2022
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