Australia don’t have a lot going for them in the build-up to the 20-20 World Cup. They were thrashed by India in their second warm-up game. Moreso, the form of David Warner and Aaron Finch is not that promising either. Most of the senior players are short on game time and have not played since the Test series against India. These are just too many negative aspects heading into a massive event such as a 20-20 World Cup. Given the form, most experts feel that Australia are going to have a hard time in the tournament. However, former Australia pacer Brett Lee has put his weight behind the team. Lee feels that Australia have the players who can turn things around for the team.
“For me, the expectation is that Australia will go and win the tournament. I know they might be high expectations but if you don’t go and set the bar very high, you are not going to succeed. “We have not had a lot of success in this format — it is time we changed it and we do have a side that can take it all the way. It obviously won’t be easy, especially when you look at how strong teams like England, India and New Zealand are.”
Meanwhile, the pacer also backed the underfire batter David Warner to come good in the marquee event. Warner is going through a lean patch and has failed to get going in the two warm-ups. However, Lee feels the southpaw is a big game player and thrives on big occasions.
“But this Australian side is loaded with talent and for me, the key is David Warner. I would like to say he is saving the runs for the games that count after his IPL form! He was really harshly dealt with there and it may have knocked some confidence out of him but he thrives on the big stage. Everything should be rosy for him here, class is permanent,” he added.’
Lee also feels that Australia’s bowling will be a threat for the teams in the showpiece event. “I will also put a lot of weight behind Mitchell Starc. There has been some debate in the last year about Starc being past his best but he would be in my team every single time, Josh Hazlewood has had a good IPL and Pat Cummins is a superstar. He is the David Beckham of the team, whatever he touches turns to gold,” he added.