Captain George Bailey is disappointed with Australia's performance at World T20. Source: AFP/couriermail.com.au
Following the Ashes triumph and the successful tour of South Africa, Australia inherited favouritism for the World T20 before a ball was even bowled at the tournament. But the Aussie assault has turned to anguish after losses to India, the West Indies and Pakistan. Now the Aussies must beat host Bangladesh or face the humiliation of returning home from the T20 World Cup without a single victory.
After the opening 16 run loss to Pakistan, George Bailey’s men let the match against the West Indies slip away, with our finishing bowlers unable to get the job done. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Australians lost their third game to the undefeated India by a whopping 73 runs.
In that match, six bowlers were used, with only James Muirhead ultra-expensive. With Glenn Maxwell, Doug Bollinger and Brad Hodge economical, India’s total of 7/157 looked gettable. However, the run-chase was forgettable.
Maxwell top-scored with 23, while Dave Warner (19) and Hodge (13) got starts, but didn’t go on with it. Everyone else couldn’t reach double-figures, with Cameron White, Shane Watson, Mitchell Starc, Muirhead and Bollinger outscored by extras (4). Ravi Ashwin had a field day taking 4/11 off 3.2 overs as Australia crumbled to be all out for 86 two balls into the 17th over.
Should Bangladesh spring an upset in front of their adoring fans, the Aussies would travel back to Australia having to deal with the tag of ‘fallen favourites’ and the entire campaign could be summed up as a ‘winless blunder from down under’.
In the other game on Tuesday night, the winner of Pakistan and the Windies will join Group 2 leader, India, in the semis.
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