Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Australia Squad for Twenty20 World Cup 2009 Lacks of Twenty20 Specialists

In the lead up to the first twenty20 world cup in 2009 in South Africa, Australia was considered to be most favorite on the back of their third consecutive world cup triumph just few months back. Australian team featured a number of cricketers who were regular in test and ODI formats. All of them were star in terms of their international record, but the team suffered due to lack of twenty20 specialists. In fact, there were not many enough emerging players in the Australian squad for the twenty20 world cup 2007.

Now, it seems that Australian selectors have made the same mistake this time too as they have called a number of test regulars in Australia’s twenty20 world cup 2009 squad. Except opener David Warner, there is no twenty20 specialist in the team. Players like Captain Ricky Ponting, stand-in captain Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, James Hopes, Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken are ODI specialists, while the players like Michael Hussey are test regular. Overall, the squad is very aged and does not feature many young players. So, I think, Australia should have featured a few more twenty20 specialists including hard-hitting batsmen and all rounder.

Here, I am giving the names of Australian squad for the ICC World Twenty20 2009:

Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Andrew Symonds, David Warner, Shane Watson.


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