After finally winning the T20 World Cup which had eluded them for all these years last year, Australia are all set to host the eighth edition of the T20 WC. In what happens to be the first game of the Super 12 stages, they will be facing New Zealand.
Besides, these were the two teams that made it to the final of the previous edition as well. However, just like the previous edition, the defending champions are placed in the group of deaths this time around as well. While the Aussies are placed in Group 1, the other teams in Group 1 are England, New Zealand and Afghanistan as of now.
Thus, their limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch was mindful of the fact that they are placed in a really tough group. He recently went on to speak about how knowing what the group looks like helps in the preparations.
When you throw in qualifiers like the West Indies and Sri Lanka, you’ve got to play really well: Aaron Finch
“Our planning was ultra-detailed last time and knowing what the groups look like nine months out is really helpful because it can help your level of detail in that planning phase more and more,” said Aaron Finch in a Cricket Australia (CA) release. He also spoke about how teams like West Indies and Sri Lanka are in the qualifiers and thus, it isn’t going to be easy.
“It’s a tough group though, and when you throw in qualifiers like the West Indies and Sri Lanka, you’ve got to play really well to get out of that group stage,” he added. The Aussie opener then reflected upon the previous edition which saw his side win their maiden T20 WC title.
“In the lead-up, there will be enough cricket in the T20 space. A lot of the guys will be at IPL as well. It’s about making sure you are fresh. We got that balance really right in the lead-up to the last World Cup with the right amount of preparation and rest, that was really important to be mentally and physically fresh for the tournament,” he said.
Australia’s ICC T20 WC 2021 fixtures
Oct 22: vs New Zealand, SCG
Oct 25: vs Group A winner, Optus Stadium
Oct 28: vs England, MCG
Oct 31: vs Group B runners-up, Gabba
Nov 4: vs Afghanistan, Adelaide Oval