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Day: September 9, 2022

Smith targets big role at T20 World Cup

Australia’s Steve Smith believes he can play a bigger role in this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign, should he be used in the hosts’ tournament defence.

Making just 69 runs across four innings in last year’s campaign, Smith has found fitting into Australia’s T20I side tricky in recent times, often deployed to rebuild an innings after a poor start.

In spite of concerns of his game not being suited to the shortest format, the 33-year-old believes that he can be a valuable asset in national colours, as shown by a knock of 37* (27) to help the side to a series win against Sri Lanka in June.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

“I feel like when I’m playing good T20 cricket, I’m in that team for sure,” Smith told reporters on Tuesday.

“I think the role that I’ve been given in the last couple of years is the Mr. Fix-it sort of role, and that tag’s been taken away from me now (since) the Sri Lanka tour.”

While not known for brute force with the bat, Smith has played a number of dashing knocks in Australian colours, with all four of his half-centuries in T20Is coming at a strike rate of better than 140. 

Should he be entrusted to up the run rate in the middle order, Smith feels he can compliment the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and others around him, either posting ominous totals or chasing targets down in front of home fans.

“I felt like I could go out and just play with a lot more freedom naturally (in Sri Lanka) and not have any kind of hesitation in the back of my mind, like I need to be a bit more reserved or anything.”

“I can just take the game on and if I want to smack someone for six first ball, then I’m able to do that freely. When I’m playing my best, I play freely. I watch the ball and hit the gaps and just look to use the middle of my bat as much as possible.”

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Australia’s preparations for the tournament meanwhile have been struck a minor blow with news of Mitchell Marsh nursing an ankle injury.

Set to miss ODI Super League matches against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, the Australians are hoping to take the all-rounder to India in late September, with a three-match T20I series ideal preparation for their tournament defence.

Marsh is a rival to Smith for the No.3 spot, though Smith acknowledged his team-mate will play a big part in the home campaign.

“It’s obviously not ideal for Mitch. He’s been playing some really good white ball cricket recently.”

“He was obviously a big part of our T20 World Cup campaign last year and I’m sure there’s big plans for him this year, so I think the priority is to get him right for that.”

Australia’s T20 World Cup defence begins on 22 October, when they take on New Zealand in a re-match of the 2021 final in Sydney.

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India Vs South Africa T20 World Cup

India Vs South Africa: India is the Best Team for T20 World Cup

India Vs South Africa: With team India’s campaign in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 receiving almost done and dusted. The Men in Blue will now tackle up for the all-important T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. The show-piece ICC event will be staged Down Under, preliminary 22nd October. Rohit Sharma and Co are on verge of exiting the Asia Cup 2022 after suffering two consecutive overthrows in the Super 4 stage against Pakistan and Sri Lanka correspondingly.

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India is the Best Team for T20 World Cup
India is the Best Team for T20 World Cup

India’s Asia Cup 2022 loss is nothing

India now requires a lot of luck and help from other teams to bring up promising results. India’s Asia Cup 2022 loss is nothing but a severe dent in the Indian lineup. Despite performing exceedingly well in the bilateral, India slips down in the multi-nation competition. This has been India’s story in every big competition so far, and this needs to be broken.

Nevertheless, team India will now appear ahead of the T20 World Cup. Which is the ultimate goal for any T20I lateral in the world. With just about a month left for it, the Men in Blue would hope to come out better prepared. And fetch a productive outcome from it. Notably, Australia, England, and South Africa have already announced their difficult squad for the T20 WC. The BCCI is yet to name India’s squad for the same as the intelligence suggests. That the Indian lineup will be out in the next couple of days.

Here is India’s Best Predicted Team for Australia’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Ishan Kishan will be India’s inaugural options for the T20 World Cup 2022 with Rohit Sharma foremost on the side and KL Rahul acting as the deputy. Virat Kohli has returned in form and is scoring runs reliably. He will be the man to complete India’s top instruction. Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant will be on the lateral as middle-order batters. To know more about India T20 World Cup Tickets click here.

Virat Kohli  and Ravichandran Ashwin
Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin

Although Rishabh Pant hasn’t achieved well in the recent past. India desperately needs a left-hand batter in the middle order and so far. India hasn’t found a well-intentioned alternative for him. Besides the names mentioned above, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, and Hardik Pandya will be the other middle-order batters. While Hardik will be mostly used as a halter in the squad, Karthik and Hooda have been extensively tested to deliver solid finishes to the innings.

The spin bowling choices for team India would be Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, and Ravi Bishnoi. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s presence in the Indian team for T20 World Cup is subject to fitness. If Jadeja fails to prove his fitness, Axar Patel can be added to the squad as his spare. The fast-bowling unit will create a huge change in Australia. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, and Arshdeep Singh will form India’s primary step attack.

To add a spice element, Umran Malik’s intense pace can be added to the squad. India’s Predicted Team for T20 World Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja/Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

South Africa broadcasts squad for T20 World Cup 2022

India Vs South Africa: Cricket South Africa (CSA), on Tuesday, named its 15-men robust T20I squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Experienced skipper Temba Bavuma is back in the side. And will lead the South African campaign Down Under in the show-piece event, preliminary 22nd October 2022. Right-arm batter Rassie Van der Dussen has missed the final squad as he lasts to nurse his finger injury. Which he suffered against England. To know more about South Africa T20 World Cup Tickets click here.

South Africa broadcasts squad
South Africa broadcasts squad

 Van der Dussen is predictable to undergo surgery in the coming few weeks. Which will keep him out of action for at least six weeks. Bavuma, who had sustained an elbow injury, has healthier and will be leading the Protea side. Bavuma opted for traditional treatment instead of surgery to get fit for the imminent World Cup. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram. And David Miller among others has made it to the final 15. Meanwhile, Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen, and Andile Phehlukwayo are named as standby players.

The pace trio of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi will lead the bowling bout with the help of Tabraiz Shamshi and Wayne Parnell. Notably, this same South African squad will travel to India for the three-match T20I series ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. South Africa’s India trip will begin on 28th Sep.

South Africa T20 World Cup Team

Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Rillee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.

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