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T20 International Cup: Australia have set out to win the event, we don’t want anything less: Mitchell Starc

By BetBarter Staff

October 17, 2021

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc has said the team’s recent form in the T20Is should not be a cause of concern. Australia have lost their last two series against West Indies and Bangladesh 4-1. During those defeats, the team was without their first-choice players. Now, the absentees such as David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, and Steve Smith have returned to the team for the upcoming International T20 Cup and Starc is expecting good results.

Starc said the team is looking in good shape and the players are also in good rhythm as they are coming off from a good Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Although, Australia have lost 16 of their last 24 T20Is, Starc said the team is keen on winning their maiden T20 International Cup.

"Over the last three years or so, we haven't always had our full-strength Twenty20 team available," he told reporters from Abu Dhabi.

"Now we've got everyone available we're looking forward to getting stuck in and hopefully showing the class that we have. We've set out to win the World Cup, we don't want anything less," said Starc.

Australia's form this year has been poor in T20Is as they  have won just two matches out of 10 completed games. However, Starc opined the losses were due to lack of experience in the team, adding that the results will be much better in the world events as all their big guns have returned to the team.

"We had some really young, inexperienced players and some young guys... thrown in the deep end really quickly," Starc explained.

"Yeah, not our best tour, but obviously now we've got our full-strength team available, guys coming off (the Indian Premier League) in really good form, it's up to us now."

Australia are placed in Group A alongside West Indies, England, and South Africa. They will be joined by two more teams from the Qualifiers. They open their campaign against South Africa on October 23.