Does anyone actually know how often the T20 World Cup is supposed to take place? We thought it was every two years but then there was that inexplicable five-year gap between 2016-21…
Anyway, fast forward 12 months from the last one and you could be forgiven for thinking not much has changed at all. England, India & Australia dominate the top of the betting. Here, we look at the key contenders…
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Just 12 months on from winning the title in the UAE, the Aussies are favourites to defend their title on home soil @ 11/4.
This could be skipper Aaron Finch’s final act after he announced his retirement from ODI cricket earlier this year. He’ll be keen to bow out with a bang on his possible swansong. Backed by some serious batting firepower as well as a devastating bowling attack in the form of Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins, they’re the ones to beat in familiar surroundings…
Following a dismal display Down Under by the Test side, Jos Buttler and co. are looking to make amends in the game’s shortest format.
England’s explosive batting lineup, including young gun Harry Brook and the returning Alex Hales, coupled with an experienced bowling attack gives England great balance in their bid to go two better than last time around.
In trademark fashion, T20 cricket’s founding nation again have a vast pool of talent to choose from, though they’re without a pair of their most dangerous assets.
Jasprit Bumrah misses out, while Jadeja is also on the sidelines with injury. Their batting line-up remains as fearful as ever, however with Rohit Sharma, Rishadh Pant and of course King Kohli ready to rock n’ roll. They’re a popular selection to end their seven-year wait for T20 silverware.
Pakistan played out an enthralling seven match series with England in the build-up to this and look well-assembled to make a significant title charge.
Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan proved their quality at the top of the order vs England, putting on 203 to totally dominate the second game.
In Shaheen Shah Afridi, they have the fastest bowler in the world and he’ll be tailor-made for Australia’s fiery, bouncy pitches.
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Has there ever been a more peculiar warm-up schedule for a major tournament than South Africa’s? The Proteas warmed up with a three-match ODI series vs India’s B Team but nonetheless clicked into gear with a demolition of New Zealand to round off preparations…
Rabada and Nortje are well-established in the IPL and are classy operators at the highest level but it could be the other side of the ball that South Africa may struggle. Their batting has been a little hit and miss recently and will need to improve if they’re to challenge for top honours.
The Kiwis appear to be lacking confidence heading into the World Cup and despite an array of international stars on the biggest stage with both the bat and ball, they whimpered to a 3-0 warmup series defeat to favourites, Australia.
Since, they’ve beaten Bangladesh in the build-up and supporters can point to the fact that Trent Boult and Kane Williamson could muster up some magic on home soil and take them into the latter stages…
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