Australia – once the powerhouses in limited-overs cricket – have not been the same in recent times. While the Kangaroos have as many as 5 ODI World Cup titles to their name, they have none in the modern-day format of T20s. In the last six appearances in T20 World Cups, the Aussies have managed to reach the final only once in the 2010 edition, where they lost out to arch-rivals England.
With the 2021 edition set to take place in either India/UAE and many of the star Australian players available for the tournament, the big question is – Is it going to be Australia’s year of glory? Aaron Finch’s side would certainly want to believe that and will hope to break the deadlock and win the prestigious trophy.
With all the teams expected to be allowed to have a bigger squad in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, lets us have a look at the probable 17-member squad for Australia for the mega-event scheduled later this year.
Top Order – Aaron Finch, David Warner, Matthew Wade, Steven Smith
The Aussies will have one of the most destructive opening combinations in the tournament in the form of Aaron Finch and David Warner. The duo has opened the innings 25 times and has managed to score 944 runs at an average of 41.04. Both the players have a lot of experience playing in sub-continent conditions and will prove to be quite dangerous for the opposition.
While there is no doubt that the pair of Finch and Warner will be the preferable choice for the Aussie at the top. However, in case of any injury, explosive batsman and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is expected to fill in and will be a solid backup option for the Kangaroos. They are expected to slot in the experienced Steven Smith at the highly-important No. 3 position.