In the history of 50 Over international cricket, Australia are the most successful nation with five World Cup titles. It’s therefore surprising that the Aussies have yet to win a major trophy in the T20 format but Aaron Finch’s men will get the perfect opportunity to address that issue later this year.
The 2020 T20 World Cup takes place in Australia from October with the final scheduled for November 15th. The host nation will have the benefit of home advantage but how is the team shaping up as they go in search of their first title?
Australia are certainly warming up nicely for a title tilt and their most recent T20 outing delivered a 2-1 series win in South Africa. The scoreline may be close but the result flattered the home nation who suffered two heavy defeats and won narrowly in the second encounter.
It was certainly an encouraging warm up for the Aussies who are now quoted as 5/2 favorites with bet365 in the World Cup cricket betting markets for 2020. Aaron Finch’s men will have some selection issues to address in the weeks leading up to the tournament but the host nation should be the team to beat.
India are just behind Australia in those markets and the first side to win the World Cup, back in 2007, will feel that a repeat is overdue. England are also highly fancied and, having claimed the 50 Over title a year ago, Eoin Morgan’s men will be confident of landing the double.
The shortest form of the game can still produce surprises and a number of teams will feel they are in with a chance of the trophy. New Zealand, agonisingly lost out to England in that final last year while the West Indies are the defending champions and the most successful team in the tournament’s history.
It will be tough road for any side to take to the final in mid-November but can the Australians justify their position as pre-tournament favorites?
The key to Australia’s success at the 2020 World Cup could lie with their bowling unit. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummings are two of the best white ball bowlers in the game and both were influential in that recent series win over South Africa. The issue with this twin spearhead lies in their fitness and both Cummins and Starc have struggled with injuries in recent years.
Within the batting order, the Aussie top three of Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith has a perfect balance of explosive power and steady accumulation and it’s likely to be the best in the tournament. There could be some questions in the middle order where Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will be looking to step in after issues with form and availability.
In the shortest format, nothing is ever going to be certain but this is an exceptionally strong Australian squad and with a few minor changes in personnel, they look to be on course for their first-ever T20 World Title.