Team Australia: Strengths and Weaknesses – ICC Women’s World T20 2020

If I had to ask you your favorite team going into the World T20 that will be played in Australia later this month, without a second thought, I reckon, the answer would be Australia.

Team Australia has dominated women’s cricket like no one and it is quite evident from their performance in the World T20 over the last six tournaments. The four-time champions, as well as the defending champions, would look to reign over the competition this year, as the tourney will be played in their own backyard.

Year Host Performance/Result
2009 England Semi-Final
2010 West Indies Champion
2012 Sri Lanka Champion
2014 Bangladesh Champion
2016 India Runner-Up
2018 West Indies Champion

 

The 15-member Australia squad is as follows: Meg Lanning (captain), Rachael Haynes, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wicket-keeper), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

 

Australia Women's Cricket Team
Australia Women’s Cricket Team pic credits: cricket.com.au

 

Australia’s performance over the years suggests that it is a side that is almost invincible, therefore, it will be interesting to look at its strengths that have brought Australia glory and also some weaknesses which if overcome can make the team even better.

Strengths

The Australian batting is one of the best in the world as it has a perfect mix of balance and aggression. On one hand, you have the likes of skipper Meg Lanning, who can anchor the innings, while on the other you have, Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney and Rachael Haynes that can take the game away from the opposition in no time. These power hitters score at a strike rate of over 100 and are very destructive.

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Beth Mooney. Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Beth Mooney. Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

 

The Australian bowling led by Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt looks well-balanced. Tayla Vlaeminck who recently had a fantastic outing in the T20I tri-series will look to carry her form into the World Cup. Vlaeminck is the quickest of the lot and has the ability to hurry the batter. In the spin department, Jess Jonassen with her enormous experience is a parsimonious bowler and offers no freebies.

Additionally, the Aussies are blessed with a wonderful all-rounder in Ellyse Perry who is not a bits and pieces player, but a complete cricketer.

 

Ellyse Perry. Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Ellyse Perry. Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

 

From the fielding standpoint, the Aussies are undoubtedly one of the best in the lot. Their fielding is nothing short of electrifying and can be intimidating to any opposition. With the home crowd supporting them, there will be more firepower in their groundwork.

Weaknesses

Alyssa Healy’s form would be a concern for the Australians. Off late, Healy has not been able to get off to starts. Her role at the top of the order is very important as she is responsible for setting the foundation.

From the bowling standpoint, though they have talented bowlers in their ranks, there is little inexperience. Tayla Vlaeminck, Annabel Sutherland, and Sophie Molineux have just entered the Australian scheme of things and might take time to adjust to the international standards.

With respect to their fielding, there is seldom any weakness. The home crowd is like a double-edged sword; it can make you feel good, it can also put you under pressure. Let’s see how the Aussies tackle this since it is for the first time they will be hosting Women’s World T20.

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