Australia got here into the T20 World Cup on the again of an unbelievable title win in final yr’s event within the UAE and put up some constant performances within the bilateral sequence that adopted. With this yr’s World Cup on house soil and having their title-winning squad just about intact, Aaron Finch’s males had been the pre-tournament favorites.
However their title protection unraveled in spectacular vogue as they had been knocked out within the Tremendous 12 stage of the competitors. The Kiwis just about sealed the Aussies’ destiny with an enormous 89-run win within the opening recreation of the Tremendous 12s, whereas any hopes of a semifinal end had been quashed by the climate in Melbourne.
On paper, a report of three wins out of 4 accomplished video games would not seem like a nightmare event by any stretch. They had been within the harder of the 2 teams and even collected extra factors than Pakistan, who completed because the runner-up. However the method of performances has left so much to be desired.
Even within the three matches that they gained, they struggled to kill the sport early, a really un-Australian trait based on Aussie legend Michael Clarke. Their embarrassing loss towards New Zealand meant that they had been taking part in catch-up for the remainder of the event and wanted some huge wins to qualify for the semis. Chasing 158 towards Sri Lanka, there was no sense of urgency from the Australian batters and solely a quick-fire fifty from Marcus Stoinis received them over the road.
They’d Eire on the ropes at 25/5 in a chase of 180 however ended up conceding 137. They did not dispatch Afghanistan of their final recreation with Rashid Khan giving them a correct scare and solely managed to win by 4 runs. Greater than the loss to the Kiwis, the failure to complete these video games off early harm the Australians extra.
“I believe Australians on the whole, on the most important stage below essentially the most quantity of stress, all the time put it in on the road and have a crack,” Michael Clarke stated on Sky SportsRadio.
“We’re not scared to lose. But we picked an aggressive 11 on this World Cup squad but performed very defensively. Very un-Australian.”
A part of the blame for the Aussies’ lack of depth might be put right down to the packed cricket calendar. Skipper Finch stated in October that his gamers had been already drained even earlier than the event kicked off. The Australian facet has been on the highway for the reason that begin of the yr, which included full excursions to Sri Lanka and Pakistan and residential sequence towards Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand previous to the T20 World Cup.
“There’s nonetheless angst round Justin Langer being sacked”: Michael Clarke
Fingers are additionally starting to be focused on the teaching employees and the tradition being cultivated by head coach Andrew McDonald, who has the backing of the gamers and Cricket Australia. McDonald, who unceremoniously changed Justin Langer earlier this yr, has created a relaxed atmosphere within the dressing room, opposite to his predecessor’s depth and micromanagement.
The general public outrage brought on by Langer’s sacking was quietened by a historic sequence win over Pakistan and a draw towards Sri Lanka. However the facet’s performances within the T20 World Cup have meant that the brand new regime has as soon as once more been put below the microscope.
Langer had a variety of help from the general public and former gamers throughout his tenure and the best way his departure was dealt with did not go down effectively with a variety of sections of the Australian cricket group. It’s being argued that a part of the rationale for the low turnout for the video games that includes the house facet was the general public angst in the direction of the removing of Langer.
“I stated it on right here just a few weeks again — in the intervening time it looks like there’s a actual dislike for the Aussie group,” Clarke added. “I wish to see that change. We have already received messages this morning. So many individuals are completely happy that Australia misplaced.
“There’s nonetheless angst round Justin Langer being sacked, or resigning, no matter occurred there. There’s nonetheless angst round our fashion of taking part in and the way we’re taking part in.”
The subsequent vital factor is the personnel itself. Does the Males in Yellow want an entire reset of their T20 squad? It’s arduous to place the blame on the squad that gained the World Cup simply 12 months in the past with just about the identical gamers, nevertheless it’s clear that that is an ageing facet. Finch is 35 and has already retired from ODI cricket, whereas David Warner and Smith are 36 and 33 respectively. Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are all above 30.
The common age of the Aussie squad was 31.26, the best of the event. With T20 cricket evolving at a fast tempo, the injection of recent blood is the necessity of the hour. With the subsequent T20 World Cup in 2024, there’s a first rate period of time for a squad overhaul.