#NewsBytesExplainer: Reasons why Australia could win maiden T20 WC title
With the return of marquee players, Australia finally look like a complete side. The Men in Yellow had a terrific campaign in the 2019 World Cup, barring the painful defeat to England in the semi-finals. While Australia have always ruled the 50-over World Cup, they are yet to clinch the coveted title in T20Is. We decode why Australia could win the T20 World Cup.
A star-studded batting order
With Steve Smith and David Warner at the disposal, the Australian batting line-up has the potential to give any opposition a run for the money. The latter makes a perfect combo with skipper Aaron Finch at the top. Smith at number three braces the top order. Australia have a solid middle order batsman in form of Alex Carey, who will be pivotal for them.
Australia's potential game-changers
Australia will enter the tournament with a splendid bunch of superstars. Players like Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar and Matthew Wade could single-handedly change the course of the match. Ashton Turner's exploits against India in the Mohali ODI give an account his propensity to take the game away. Meanwhile, Maxwell is the flag-bearer of Australia's potential list of game-changers.
A magnificent bowling line-up
The ferocious Australian pace attack needs no introduction. Two of fastest bowlers in the world, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will spice up the action on Australia's lively tracks. Kane Richardson is another seamer who has risen to prominence in recent past. Australia's prized possession Adam Zampa will duly dent the plight of opposition batsmen, especially at the SCG and Adelaide.
Australia will make the most of home advantage
Australia are hosting the T20 World Cup for the first time. The tournament was previously played in South Africa, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India respectively. Just like the 2015 World Cup, the advantage of playing at home will work in Australia's favor. Notably, the host team has never won the title in tournament's history. Australia may script history, this time around.
Australia's recent record in T20 Internationals
Australia have not lost a single T20I series since November 2018. They have won nine out of 10 T20Is (complete), having lost mere one. At home, Australia have clinched ten victories in 16 T20Is since the previous edition of the T20 World Cup.