What might Australia look like at the 2024 T20 World Cup?
There is likely to be a significant turnover of players but some positions look harder to fill than others
The openersAaron Finch has likely played his last T20I for Australia. It remains to be seen whether David Warner has too. He will be just a few months shy of his 38th birthday at the next World Cup although he will likely still be playing in the IPL and could still be Australia's best opener.
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Middle orderAustralia's middle order is interesting in terms of the age profile. Mitchell Marsh will be 32 by the next World Cup, Glenn Maxwell 35, Marcus Stoinis 35, Tim David 28, and Matthew Wade 36. Wade had indicated earlier this year that the 2022 World Cup might be his last assignment for Australia but he is playing the best T20 cricket of his career and has been one of Australia's most reliable players over the last 12 months.
BowlersAustralia's current selection panel will pick their bowling attack as a unit rather than the best four individual bowlers. They showed loyalty to Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins at this World Cup despite diminishing form but it's hard to see how both fit in Australia's best side at the next tournament, particularly on slow low pitches. Josh Hazlewood, should he remain fit and at his current level, will lead the attack. Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar will likely still be Australia's two best spinners in two years' time as they will only be 32 and 30 respectively and both could play in the same team in the Caribbean and the USA given how the pitches will play and Green's flexibility with the ball.
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo