Australia are primed for the menace posed by India at the beginning of their T20 World Cup marketing campaign subsequent month with head coach Matthew Mott going so far as saying they’re the most feared T20 batting line-up on the planet.
The Australia-India match on the Sydney Showgrounds Stadium on February 21 has the makings of a excessive-octane begin to the match however earlier than that the groups will meet in a tri-sequence, additionally involving England, which is able to present an intense construct-as much as the competitors.
India and England are the one groups to have crushed Australia since January 2018 – all in T20Is – with India getting the higher of the group stage match on the final T20 World Cup within the Caribbean though it had no bearing on Australia’s development by means of a match they ultimately gained.
India will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur, who struck an unbeaten 171 towards Australia within the semi-remaining of the 2017 World Cup, with the highest order additionally together with the prodigious 15-year-outdated Shafali Verma.
“There’s no doubt their strength is the batting. They’ve got four world-class batters and when I say world-class I mean top of the tree guns. They will always be a threat,” Mott advised ESPNcricinfo. “Their bowling, their plans have worked quite well over the years but I think that’s their biggest area for growth. They probably need to produce some more fast bowlers. In a T20 they would be the most feared batting line-up – ours is pretty feared but with them you know that if you take a wicket another good player just keeps rolling out.”
“That tri-series comes at a perfect time. We’ve always viewed the next month as a really good opportunity to play against the two other best teams in the world. It can’t get any better. If we dropped a couple of games there it’s not the end of the world and we expect to be taken to task.”
Australia, who will title their T20 World Cup squad on Thursday, are in what is taken into account to be the harder of the 2 swimming pools on the T20 World Cup alongside India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with the highest two progressing to the semi-finals, however they see advantages in starting their title defence towards one of the contenders for the prize.
“For us it’s almost a blessing playing India up front, it will be a real test of how we are going as a group and how they are going as well,” Alyssa Healy advised ESPNcricinfo. “They are a world-class side and when they are playing well they are hard to stop. I actually think they are very strong in Australian conditions as well, they have a lot of players who have been out to play Big Bash and a lot of players in that India A series. They’ll be hard to stop, but we know if we are playing our best cricket we are the No. 1 team in the world and we should be able to handle it.”
Due to scheduling clashes with their tour of West Indies there we no India gamers on this yr’s first standalone WBBL. But lots of different names who will function within the match have been on show, led by the prolific Sophie Devine who was named participant of the match, and Healy believes it’ll deliver groups nearer collectively on the sphere.
“Hundred percent, and that’s what’s been so good about the WBBL, a lot of players from around the world get experience in our conditions,” she mentioned. “Being slightly biased we’d have loved them not to play this year just to take that out of play, but it’s great to have them here. Sophie Devine is in red-hot form and to have New Zealand in our pool, I think we have a really tricky pool, and the two teams that go through to the semis are going to have to earn it. Hopefully they don’t take too many learnings from the Big Bash into their own sides, but hopefully there’s some good cricket.”