ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 14, 2012

Bailey confident T20 bases are covered

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George Bailey, Australia's Twenty20 captain, has said he expects the 15 men picked for the Twenty20 series against Pakistan in the UAE to be the same 15 who will carry Australia's hopes in the ICC World Twenty20 next month. Australia must name their final squad for the World T20 by Saturday and although a provisional 30-man group included surprise choices such as Dirk Nannes and Ben Laughlin, there are unlikely to be any wild-cards in the final squad.

That should mean a three-man spin attack including Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, and the uncapped Glenn Maxwell, while other exciting T20 performers such as Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Aaron Finch are likely to miss out. The 15 men who will take on Pakistan have been in Darwin over the past week for a training camp and Bailey said he was pleased with the mix the selectors had brought together ahead of the World T20 in Sri Lanka.

"Yeah I'd hope [it will be the same squad], all things being equal. Hopefully that group of guys performs and stays fit and I think that's the 15 that will be best suited for us to go as far as we can in that tournament," Bailey told ESPNcricinfo. "We've got all bases covered. If we want to go in with a spin-laden team we can, or with all-rounders, or we've got some genuine pace.

"I think we've got absolutely everything covered for whatever conditions are thrown up in Sri Lanka. Also a lot of the games are played on the same venues, so we're expecting towards the back end of the tournament perhaps some tired wickets."

That could mean plenty of work for the spinners and accurate seamers such as Clint McKay, although first Australia must get through their group matches against West Indies and Ireland. By the end of the group stage, Bailey will not even have played ten Twenty20 internationals, having been thrust into the captaincy from outside the squad in January.

Since then, he has led his country to two wins and two losses from four games: two matches at home against India in February, and two in the West Indies in March. Until they convened in Darwin, his men have not been together for more than four months, with some having played in Australia's one-day tour of England, others having enjoyed stints in county cricket, and others having spent the winter at home.

The three T20s against Pakistan in the UAE early next month will therefore be priceless preparation for Bailey's side, especially given that last time they played, in the West Indies, the T20 squad was augmented by ODI players due to the distance from Australia and the infeasibility of flying T20 specialists around the world for two games.

"The back end of that Dubai tour will be really good," Bailey said. "It will be the first time we've been able to get that squad together for an extended period. Even just the time in Sri Lanka for the warm-up games I think will be really important just to actually start to get a feel for our specific roles and just having the group together continuously. I think that's been our biggest challenge as a cricket team, Twenty20 wise, has been just finding out about being a team rather than just a group of guys thrown together."

Gelling as a unit will be critical if Australia are to go one better than in the 2010 World T20, when they reached the final but lost to England. Despite that effort Australia are ninth in the ICC's T20 rankings, with only Ireland and Zimbabwe below them, but Bailey reads little into the rankings and believes the World T20 will be wide open for almost any side to win.

"I reckon there's about nine teams that at this stage could put their hands up and say they can win the tournament," Bailey said. "We firmly believe we're one of those. Playing in the subcontinent means all the subcontinent teams will be pretty dangerous. England and South Africa have got great depth and consistency in their teams and the way they play at the moment they'll be dangerous.

"First and foremost our biggest worry is West Indies, who are in our group. They have a team that is absolutely made for T20, great balance of pace, good spin bowlers and some of the best hitters in the world. It's going to be really tough and it's going to be very much about gelling our team and getting our heads around the fact that if we can put our best cricket together for two weeks, something very special could be at the other end."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 17, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @thebrotherswaugh :- "I'd be bitterly disappointed if we lost the test series (2-1 AUS or 1-1 seems most likely)"... What Test series v Pak?... lol... "As for the ODI & T20 formats, PAK should dominate" - Why?... Eng 4-0 in ODI & 2-1 in T20's there a few mths ago - if anything it should be a close series, with Pak having better spinners while Oz have more attacking batters... Should be a good contest for both teams... Why not post under your normal moniker?... lol...

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | August 17, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @SwingKingPin. If we're talking the test format, 3-0 vs. ENG is one thing, don't expect a similar result against AUS. For one thing, we have a far superior bowling attack to the current popguns that dominate Pommy cricket (how long before they start trying to poach our home-grown talent, which we have in abundance at the moment). Batting wise we may struggle, but I expect the Big 3 to perform strongly in the UAE (Clarke/Ponting/Hussey). No doubt that PAK is a high-quality side, it should be a good contest, but I'd be bitterly disappointed if we lost the test series (2-1 AUS or 1-1 seems most likely). As for the ODI & T20 formats, PAK should dominate - we've been tinkering with those teams for far too long now, under the guise of giving young talent exposure at the international level, and for intents & purposes, it hasn't worked. Pick the best available team for each distinct format, and return to basics. It should be a good series.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 16, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree with comms - CA seems to use T20 & ODI matches to give Test prospects international experience, which is counter-productive of any team building, unity, let alone giving those that are in good form in the shorter formats a run... Shaun Marsh had 1 good one day game & got the no.3 spot for Tests - that worked out well :P ... Though I do think this squad is probably very close to being our current best for the pitches we'll get in the UAE & SL...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @whitesXI... Not a bad team for Oz conditions, but 1 spinner for slow, turning pitches would cost us dearly... Take out M Marsh or NC-N (actually McDermott goes as he is now on tour) & replace with O'Keefe; Faulkner goes for Hauritz or Krejza...

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Hard to say how they will go. The problem is Australia has never had any T20 team - every 'series' they play (usually onely two games) they put together a makeshift side, with no seeming plan for any team development. That reflects the fact that they prioritise ODIs and (increasingly)Tests. The great thing is that Australia have some real match-winners in players like Watson, Warner and the Husseys, while Hogg gives the bowling balance (ssuming he plays). But above all, they have heaps of players who have been very successful in the IPL and Champions League, so conditions shouldn't be a major issue. Warner in particular has scored numerous T20 centuries in the sub-continent - sorry to inform the poster who said he can't handle spinners. AUS have as much chance as anyone of succeeding - or failing.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 15, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @whitesXI why not just play Victoria? We all know how good they are. And where is White? Isn't he the best since Bradman?

  • POSTED BY ani100 on | August 15, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Ind team for t20 wc-Sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvraj,raina,dhoni,rohit,irfan,harbhajan,ashwin,zaheer.lookat the battng line up.this team can distroy any attack. and Aus xi-warner,watson,m.hussy,white,d.hussey,haddin,s.smith,hogg,pattinsan,cummins, bollinger.

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | August 15, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    As with any t20 game any team can win if one or two things g their way, which does bring the minnow nations into play. I think an Aus A team with no-one in the current 15-man squad would challenge the current Aus team 1.Finch 2.Hodge 3.S Marsh 4.Ferguson 5.Quiney 6.M Marsh 7.Hartley 8.Faulkner 9.Coulter-Nile 10.McDermott 11.Holland. It doesn't have as much class as the current squad but has decent enough strike power to worry most t20 squads

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | August 15, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    oh! I forget to include wade in the xi in my previous comment.My xi:Warner,Finch,Watson,White,M.Hussey,D.Hussey(c),Wade,M.Marsh,Mckay,Hogg,Cummins..David Hussey proved his leadership skills in this years IPL.So I don't think he can't guide this team to the glory.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 15, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    @katandthat3 - re: Marsh/Quinney & Finch. Marsh's IPL experience SHOULD count in his favour, although I've lost what shaky confidence I had in him. I think Finch deserves more of a go, & Quinney I'm not sure on. I find it really interesting that so many people want Quinney to get into the National side, yet his overall stats across 3 formats are not all that good, (his List A stats are good with a great S/R). Finch is the current player I think who is not getting the selections his merit deserves (in T20s). I wouldn't have him anywhere near the Test or ODI side, but his T20 stats are arguably the best in Oz, with an International ave of 104! Which says to me, he's done nothing wrong in his limited opportuniies!

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 17, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @thebrotherswaugh :- "I'd be bitterly disappointed if we lost the test series (2-1 AUS or 1-1 seems most likely)"... What Test series v Pak?... lol... "As for the ODI & T20 formats, PAK should dominate" - Why?... Eng 4-0 in ODI & 2-1 in T20's there a few mths ago - if anything it should be a close series, with Pak having better spinners while Oz have more attacking batters... Should be a good contest for both teams... Why not post under your normal moniker?... lol...

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | August 17, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @SwingKingPin. If we're talking the test format, 3-0 vs. ENG is one thing, don't expect a similar result against AUS. For one thing, we have a far superior bowling attack to the current popguns that dominate Pommy cricket (how long before they start trying to poach our home-grown talent, which we have in abundance at the moment). Batting wise we may struggle, but I expect the Big 3 to perform strongly in the UAE (Clarke/Ponting/Hussey). No doubt that PAK is a high-quality side, it should be a good contest, but I'd be bitterly disappointed if we lost the test series (2-1 AUS or 1-1 seems most likely). As for the ODI & T20 formats, PAK should dominate - we've been tinkering with those teams for far too long now, under the guise of giving young talent exposure at the international level, and for intents & purposes, it hasn't worked. Pick the best available team for each distinct format, and return to basics. It should be a good series.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 16, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree with comms - CA seems to use T20 & ODI matches to give Test prospects international experience, which is counter-productive of any team building, unity, let alone giving those that are in good form in the shorter formats a run... Shaun Marsh had 1 good one day game & got the no.3 spot for Tests - that worked out well :P ... Though I do think this squad is probably very close to being our current best for the pitches we'll get in the UAE & SL...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @whitesXI... Not a bad team for Oz conditions, but 1 spinner for slow, turning pitches would cost us dearly... Take out M Marsh or NC-N (actually McDermott goes as he is now on tour) & replace with O'Keefe; Faulkner goes for Hauritz or Krejza...

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Hard to say how they will go. The problem is Australia has never had any T20 team - every 'series' they play (usually onely two games) they put together a makeshift side, with no seeming plan for any team development. That reflects the fact that they prioritise ODIs and (increasingly)Tests. The great thing is that Australia have some real match-winners in players like Watson, Warner and the Husseys, while Hogg gives the bowling balance (ssuming he plays). But above all, they have heaps of players who have been very successful in the IPL and Champions League, so conditions shouldn't be a major issue. Warner in particular has scored numerous T20 centuries in the sub-continent - sorry to inform the poster who said he can't handle spinners. AUS have as much chance as anyone of succeeding - or failing.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 15, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @whitesXI why not just play Victoria? We all know how good they are. And where is White? Isn't he the best since Bradman?

  • POSTED BY ani100 on | August 15, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Ind team for t20 wc-Sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvraj,raina,dhoni,rohit,irfan,harbhajan,ashwin,zaheer.lookat the battng line up.this team can distroy any attack. and Aus xi-warner,watson,m.hussy,white,d.hussey,haddin,s.smith,hogg,pattinsan,cummins, bollinger.

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | August 15, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    As with any t20 game any team can win if one or two things g their way, which does bring the minnow nations into play. I think an Aus A team with no-one in the current 15-man squad would challenge the current Aus team 1.Finch 2.Hodge 3.S Marsh 4.Ferguson 5.Quiney 6.M Marsh 7.Hartley 8.Faulkner 9.Coulter-Nile 10.McDermott 11.Holland. It doesn't have as much class as the current squad but has decent enough strike power to worry most t20 squads

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | August 15, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    oh! I forget to include wade in the xi in my previous comment.My xi:Warner,Finch,Watson,White,M.Hussey,D.Hussey(c),Wade,M.Marsh,Mckay,Hogg,Cummins..David Hussey proved his leadership skills in this years IPL.So I don't think he can't guide this team to the glory.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 15, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    @katandthat3 - re: Marsh/Quinney & Finch. Marsh's IPL experience SHOULD count in his favour, although I've lost what shaky confidence I had in him. I think Finch deserves more of a go, & Quinney I'm not sure on. I find it really interesting that so many people want Quinney to get into the National side, yet his overall stats across 3 formats are not all that good, (his List A stats are good with a great S/R). Finch is the current player I think who is not getting the selections his merit deserves (in T20s). I wouldn't have him anywhere near the Test or ODI side, but his T20 stats are arguably the best in Oz, with an International ave of 104! Which says to me, he's done nothing wrong in his limited opportuniies!

  • POSTED BY katandthat3 on | August 14, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Find it hard to believe that one of our best T20 batsmen in Shaun Marsh wouldn't make this side. He has been outstanding in domestic T20 and has a great amount of experience and success in sub continental conditions either in the IPL or his test tour of Sri Lanka. After this T20 WC, would hope to see guys like Finch & Quiney to name a few get further exposure in this format against international teams. I hopw we win it of course but I feel they have missed the boat on a few selections.

  • POSTED BY SWINGKINGPIN on | August 14, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @landl47, buddy!i like u frm the ENG's UAE tour when u n other barmies were in habit of making sweeping remarks only to be smacked hard by the Pak.again I will say you underestimate Pak team at your own peril.Only team to make it max times to the last 4 in ICC T20 tournaments! don't worry u ll get a taste of the Pak team when they square upto Aussies later this month, cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    BAILEY BECAME MAD OF NOT TAKING FINCH IN TEAM......

  • POSTED BY India_One_Rupee_Country on | August 14, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    IF SHANE WATSON PLAYS IN T20 WORLD CUP THEN AUSTRALIA WILL NEVER WIN THE WORLD CUP JUST LIKE 2011 WORLD CUP...............................SHANE WATSON IS AN ORDINARY BOWLER AND A SLOGGER OPENER NO WHERE NEAR GILCHRIST......................

  • POSTED BY crazytaurean on | August 14, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Would love to see Steve Smith in the squad. Liked his spirited batting in the IPL. Also Finch should be a given a go ahead. Too much reliance on Warner and Watto at the top. We need another big hitter in the top 3.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @ KASU Rox we will c u in the world cup no benefit of saying anyhting here.... we'll speak from our bats.... GOOD LUCK :D

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | August 14, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    White and MHuss being there makes the team look a lot more dangerous. I'd also like to see Finch in the side but he's probably just out of the first XI. My choice for captain would be DHuss because while I like Bailey I don't think he's a definite first XI player. My XI: Warner, Wade, Watson, DHuss, White, MHuss, Bailey, Maxwell, McKay, Cummins, Harris

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | August 14, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    IN THE WORLD 20 CUP. IT IS AN OPEN GAME BETWEEN INDIA, ASTRALIA AND PAKISTAN. PAKISTAN IS HAVING ALL THEIR # 1 PLAYERS PLAYING IN SSLIPL. THEIR BOWLERS HAVE MADE VERY LITTLE IMPCT. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE YOUNG BASTMEN " STEP OUT AND HIT AMJAL. AMJAL HAS 0 FOR 65 IN TWO MATCHES. WITH INFAN ON GOOD FORM, THIS WILL BE A CHALANGE FOR A LOT OF BATSMEN. AUSTRALIA BOWLING IN 20/ OVER I SUSPECTED. WEST INDIES IS THE OUT SIDE HORSE. WITH NARAINE DOING MAJAIC ON THE ASIAN SOIL. I AM SORRY TENDULKAR IS NOT PLAYING. HE COULD BE A AN UPSET TO THESE BOWLERS AND TAKING ON THE BOWLING IN THESE CRICKET. HE IS A PARTNERSHIP BUILDER. HOPE TO GET SOMEONE TO "LASH THE BALL". 20 OVER CRICKET. S.N.SINGH U S A

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    would love to see aaron finch and rob quiny in this t20 setup of australia

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | August 14, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    My top xi Warner,Finch,Watson,White,M.Hussey,D.Hussey,Bailey,M.Marsh,Mckay,Hogg,Cummins..this team can win the wt20

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @sachin you dont remember that sri lanka played without sanga and kula bt india played full side ................................................and the poor fielding gave to india the series...............other wise india got another whitewash

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 14, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @bobagorof - mate I agree 100% with what you said. I was very critical of White a while back. I have noticed though, he started coming into form during the IPL, which IMO, SHOULD be a good guide to how he'd go in SL. Bailey has grown on me, but I don't think he is a T20 batsmen, I think Tests & ODIs are more suited.

  • POSTED BY phendel on | August 14, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    i dnt think AUS will mind if they finish first or 2nd out of their group esp since they hold WI in such high regard....by the super 8 stages they shud hv enuf time together to put together strong enuf performances & maybe win the cup.....but WI still favorites for me

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | August 14, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @Kasu Rox i forget to mention that India will once again thrash Sri Lanka as usual

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | August 14, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    First of all i dn't see any chances 4 non.sbcntinental teams to make it to top 4 for few reasns,1.they r awful against spin,2.there bowlrs r cnditn dependnt n are seamers mostly so they gona prove ineffctive here,so in light of these logics,i gues even bd gonna prove betr than eng,aus,nz and wi.ONE MUST DESCARD WI,SA AS THEY GONNA SUFFR IN D HANDS OF PAKI SPIN,wi z way too over.ratd while sa have been kickd out twice by pak in ths format.so its eithr pak vs sl,or pak vs ind final.@landl,a batng cmprisng of nazir,akmals,razaq,afridi,malik can nevr b cnsidrd feeble in t20s especialy when they r havng a feel of thse pitchs in slpl,they can thrash any atack plyng in asia,

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 14, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Australia do have bases covered but rely heavily on openers and Mike Hussey.. They three are the game changers with the bat and bowling need to improve a lot.. You never know what track you will get in SL.. Every ground has its own specialties with one flat, one swinging and one slow and spinning.. The end result will be based on which subcontinent team plays on which track.. India are best on flat tracks, SL on swinging track(with Mathewsm, Kula and Perera) and Pakistan on spin track with the best spin combo on offer.. BD is also coming up nicely with their spin attack.. I guess a subcontinent team will lift the trophy..

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    What abt Rob Quiney power hitter

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    t20 is an unpredictable game.bt i can predict that india have no chance to win it.pak,sl,wi and sa have real chance....................

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | August 14, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    T-20 World cup 2012 Prediction: England will end-up there tournament very early and Australia will join them. South Africa will choke as Usual, West Indies will not live to there expectation and will be beaten before they cruise to semi final. NZ as usaul dark horse and this time bangladesh can provide more upsets. Team winning the tournament will be one of the Top Subcontinent team who plays better through out tournament. I predict India vs Sri Lanka Final.

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | August 14, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I would like to have Mitchell Marsh instead of Christian in final 15. Surprised to see NCN not even in 30 probables, he is tailor made for limited overs cricket.

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | August 14, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    WI is fav team to win the game provided they pick right team. They have potential but their selection policy and sometime their strategy letting them down. SA and India are the fav too...

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 14, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    @landl47: I agree with you on a certain level about India's chances. Yes, India don't have potency in their bowling. Their batting is mighty but in T20 cricket, the bowling and fielding is what wins you games. India could be in trouble if they don't set big targets after batting first. On the easy paced pitches of SL, chasing down targets should be easy if you got a decent batting line up. If India chase most of the time, they are well on their way to victory 9 out of 10 times thanks to our IPL influence. Coming to the other teams, sorry buddy, I cannot see England as favourites one bit. They got a poor record in Asia mainly due to their bowlers becoming docile without pace and swing. I do see the other Asian teams along with WI, SA as favourites. NZ are dark horses as always. Australia are unlikely to win it too. But T20 is unpredictable so let's see.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | August 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @Meety: I agree that White is a more destructive batsman than Bailey, but 9 months ago his form was shot and he couldn't score a run, hence why he was dropped. I haven't seen enough of Bailey to make an informed decision, but everyone else rates his captaincy highly. Maybe a case of picking the Captain and then the team, but Bailey himself has had some good innings in Twenty20 before so hopefully he'll be able to do a job with bat in hand.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    pak are hot favourites for this world up as they have best bowling for lankan pitches.afridi and company can chock any opposition.as far as batting concerned,i dont see any problem in a t20 as they have some big hitters too and some class players who can play 20 overs..2nd favourites will be sri lanka due to home advantage.teams with zero percentage chance are england(they will collapse like pack of cards against spinners),south africa(they will choke yet again),newzealand as usual ..windies are always hit and miss team(if gayle goes,rest usually collapses).australia and india have half half chances..

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | August 14, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    @ landl47, agree with your views, seems very logical. I would in fact watch out for teams like Ireland,Zim, BD, they could prove giant killers.

  • POSTED BY jeauxx on | August 14, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    I'd hate to just be another Bailey-basher, but Australia have some very strong T20 batsman and I think Bailey's spot as captain really doesn't justify someone else missing out. I think our best batting side would be 1. Warner 2. Wade 3. Watson 4. White 5. D-Huss 6. M-Huss 7. Maxwell, and Hughes is in excellent shape as well. That said, White and D-Hussey can have their rough patches. Hopefully Georgey can reward the selectors' faith in him.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 14, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Australia has a good all-round squad and the great advantage of being a side that never gives up (see Mike Hussey's innings in the semi-final of the last T20 World Cup for proof). Their problem will be getting enough runs if Warner and Watson don't fire. I'd rank South Africa as favourites, with West Indies a good bet, too. England in their last 3 T20 series have beaten India in India, Pakistan in the UAE and West Indies in England, so they must have a chance. India doesn't have enough bowling and Pakistan doesn't have enough batting, so I don't like their chances much. Sri Lanka is the home side and that's a big advantage for them. The winner to be one among SA, WI, SL and England.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on | August 14, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    England,NZ,SL,BD have no realistic chance of winning this T20 competition.

    Winner will be one among South Africa,West Indies,Pakistan and India.

  • POSTED BY theswami on | August 14, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Will he be in the 15 ???!!!!????

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 14, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    The T20 squad is a pretty good one. There are probably only 2 positions I'm not overly confident in 1. Bailey himself as a batsmen or captain, 2. Hilfenhaas. Happy if they blitz their way thru to winning the W/Cup with starring roles. I probably anti-Hilfy in the T20 squad mainly as I prefer bowling S/R over economy, (Hilfy's e/r in T20 is top shelf). I'd probably would of preferred Finch, (or even Hughes), over Bailey & had White as captain. However, neither player is a poor choice. == == == With Narine & Gayle, the WIndies have the ability to win the Cup, the problem as I see it is, they possibly don't think they can & do have one or two bad games in them. I think if they make the Semi's & play to their best, they'll be hard to beat. Oz v WIndies final!

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 14, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    The T20 squad is a pretty good one. There are probably only 2 positions I'm not overly confident in 1. Bailey himself as a batsmen or captain, 2. Hilfenhaas. Happy if they blitz their way thru to winning the W/Cup with starring roles. I probably anti-Hilfy in the T20 squad mainly as I prefer bowling S/R over economy, (Hilfy's e/r in T20 is top shelf). I'd probably would of preferred Finch, (or even Hughes), over Bailey & had White as captain. However, neither player is a poor choice. == == == With Narine & Gayle, the WIndies have the ability to win the Cup, the problem as I see it is, they possibly don't think they can & do have one or two bad games in them. I think if they make the Semi's & play to their best, they'll be hard to beat. Oz v WIndies final!

  • POSTED BY theswami on | August 14, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Will he be in the 15 ???!!!!????

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on | August 14, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    England,NZ,SL,BD have no realistic chance of winning this T20 competition.

    Winner will be one among South Africa,West Indies,Pakistan and India.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 14, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Australia has a good all-round squad and the great advantage of being a side that never gives up (see Mike Hussey's innings in the semi-final of the last T20 World Cup for proof). Their problem will be getting enough runs if Warner and Watson don't fire. I'd rank South Africa as favourites, with West Indies a good bet, too. England in their last 3 T20 series have beaten India in India, Pakistan in the UAE and West Indies in England, so they must have a chance. India doesn't have enough bowling and Pakistan doesn't have enough batting, so I don't like their chances much. Sri Lanka is the home side and that's a big advantage for them. The winner to be one among SA, WI, SL and England.

  • POSTED BY jeauxx on | August 14, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    I'd hate to just be another Bailey-basher, but Australia have some very strong T20 batsman and I think Bailey's spot as captain really doesn't justify someone else missing out. I think our best batting side would be 1. Warner 2. Wade 3. Watson 4. White 5. D-Huss 6. M-Huss 7. Maxwell, and Hughes is in excellent shape as well. That said, White and D-Hussey can have their rough patches. Hopefully Georgey can reward the selectors' faith in him.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | August 14, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    @ landl47, agree with your views, seems very logical. I would in fact watch out for teams like Ireland,Zim, BD, they could prove giant killers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    pak are hot favourites for this world up as they have best bowling for lankan pitches.afridi and company can chock any opposition.as far as batting concerned,i dont see any problem in a t20 as they have some big hitters too and some class players who can play 20 overs..2nd favourites will be sri lanka due to home advantage.teams with zero percentage chance are england(they will collapse like pack of cards against spinners),south africa(they will choke yet again),newzealand as usual ..windies are always hit and miss team(if gayle goes,rest usually collapses).australia and india have half half chances..

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | August 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @Meety: I agree that White is a more destructive batsman than Bailey, but 9 months ago his form was shot and he couldn't score a run, hence why he was dropped. I haven't seen enough of Bailey to make an informed decision, but everyone else rates his captaincy highly. Maybe a case of picking the Captain and then the team, but Bailey himself has had some good innings in Twenty20 before so hopefully he'll be able to do a job with bat in hand.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 14, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    @landl47: I agree with you on a certain level about India's chances. Yes, India don't have potency in their bowling. Their batting is mighty but in T20 cricket, the bowling and fielding is what wins you games. India could be in trouble if they don't set big targets after batting first. On the easy paced pitches of SL, chasing down targets should be easy if you got a decent batting line up. If India chase most of the time, they are well on their way to victory 9 out of 10 times thanks to our IPL influence. Coming to the other teams, sorry buddy, I cannot see England as favourites one bit. They got a poor record in Asia mainly due to their bowlers becoming docile without pace and swing. I do see the other Asian teams along with WI, SA as favourites. NZ are dark horses as always. Australia are unlikely to win it too. But T20 is unpredictable so let's see.

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | August 14, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    WI is fav team to win the game provided they pick right team. They have potential but their selection policy and sometime their strategy letting them down. SA and India are the fav too...