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Australia Aims for T20 World Cup Glory After World Cup Double

June 5, 2024
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Fresh off conquering the Test and ODI World Cups in 2023, Australia sets their sights on the T20 crown, starting their journey against Oman tomorrow in Barbados.

Australia seeks to become the undisputed champions across all cricket formats. Their first hurdle comes in Oman on Thursday, with a 6:30 AM Nepali time start.

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The 2010 T20 World Cup finalists, Australia fell short to England in the Caribbean. After a long wait, they lifted the trophy in 2021 but couldn’t defend it on home soil last year. Many key players remain and hunger for another title.

On paper, Australia appears heavily favored. Oman, their first opponent, lost a close Super Over encounter against Namibia. However, Australia’s preparation hasn’t been ideal.

A shortage of players due to the IPL meant the coaching staff had to field an under-strength team in a warm-up match. Players like Mitchell Starc reportedly took a significant amount of time to reach Barbados, and some luggage faced delays.

Under new leadership with Mitchell Marsh as captain, Australia’s likely starting eleven boasts experience and firepower. David Warner and Travis Head are expected to open, followed by Marsh at three. Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, and Matthew Wade form a formidable middle order.

Adam Zampa is the lone specialist spinner, supported by Maxwell’s part-time spin. The pace attack features Test captain Pat Cummins alongside Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Oman is likely to stick with the team that faced Namibia. Kashyap Prajapati and Naseem Khushi are expected openers, with captain Aqib Ilyas batting at three. Former skipper Zeeshan Maqsood and youngsters like Khalid Kail and Ayan Khan Mohammed Nadeem form the middle order. Bilal Khan and the impressive Shakeel Ahmed, who shone in the last over against Namibia, lead the bowling attack.

While Glenn Maxwell’s recent IPL form raises questions, his record for Australia suggests a potential match-winning performance. Bilal Khan’s pace will be a key weapon for Oman.

Oman, according to their captain Aqib Ilyas, relishes the opportunity to challenge strong teams. With nothing to lose, they enter the match with a fearless attitude.

Yukesh Chaudhary

Yukesh Chaudhary is the CEO and Founder of Niriv, The parent company of The Ditible. He writes on sports news and trends, He has been writing sports news from 2021 and has been writing here.

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