Before and during this T20 World Cup, Australia has been facing a challenge to maintain its balance. Non-availability of special players before the tournament, five consecutive series losses, injury to the captain, increasing pressure on the coach, question marks over team selection and form, as well as early exit from the tournament after a crushing defeat to England. There were speculations too.
Before the semi-final against Pakistan, the team played two matches that had to rely on math to make it to the last four, but a reversal in England vs South Africa did not change their schedule.
Such was the journey till the final
Initially this team did not seem that special. The team from South Africa won the match in the last over. After this, the team returned to form with the match against Sri Lanka. The team lost to England badly by 8 wickets but with big victories over Bangladesh and West Indies, the team reached the semi-finals.
The best part for the team is that their opener David Warner is back in form. Josh Hazlewood has been consistently taking wickets and spinner Adam Zampa has also taken 5 wickets.
The biggest feat Australia did against Pakistan. Australia defeated the Asian team by 5 wickets in a very exciting match against Pakistan, who looked undefeated so far.
Now it is in the final and is in front of neighboring New Zealand. Australia has never won a T20 World Cup before and this is their best chance to win a T20 World Cup title.
Captain Aaron Finch said, “It doesn’t take long for the story to change in cricket. Till ten days ago our team was being called old but now we are being called mature. But from day one I had full faith in this team. We Came to win this tournament from day one and I believe that even today.”
The team has struggled on tours of New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh this year, but there was a belief within the team that helped them reach the final of the World Cup.
Australia went through these difficulties too
Although all the big names were present, the road to success did not seem very easy. Finch himself was recovering from knee surgery. David Warner’s IPL experience was worth forgetting. Marcus Stoinis was hurt. Adam Zampa had to practice with a local club in Byron Bay due to the lockdown and Matthew Wade was asked to bat in new conditions.
The true form of Australia’s success will be known only after Sunday night but Finch believes the team’s position has improved further due to these difficulties. He said, “One thing that excites me is the depth in our T20 cricket. Some players get opportunities that may not have been available if all the players are available. We will be able to nurture some good talent.
Finch has the opportunity to do what no Australian captain has been able to do till date. T20 World Cup title win.