The T20 series of 2022

Australia - T20 World Cup Ultimate Tournament Guide

Oct. 20, 2022

Depth Chart

Predicted Playing XI: A Finch ©, D Warner, M Marsh, G Maxwell, M Stoinis, T David, M Wade (wk), P Cummins, M Starc, A Zampa, J Hazlewood Spot backups: None Injury backups: S Smith, C Green, A Agar, K Richardson Australia is as straightforward as they come in this World Cup, as evidenced by the fact that none of the four players on the bench are spot backups. They all come into play only if someone is injured. The team has improved since trading Steve Smith for the explosive and multidimensional Tim David. Despite his recent numbers, David is one of the few right-handers in the world you wouldn't mind sending in to bat when an SLAO and legspinner are working in tandem. He is also one of the few players in the world capable of absorbing wicket and run rate pressure at the other end. Normally, players slow down when wickets fall at the other end or when they come in after a slew of wickets, but David is so destructive and confident in his hitting abilities that he can play at the same pace whether the scoreboard reads 42/2 in 7 or 70/0 in 7. Glenn Maxwell's form and Aaron Finch's declining batting ability are concerns, but with Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis showing signs of rediscovering their best form, the hosts have more than enough in the tank to cruise to the top four. With Steve Smith out, it'll be interesting to see if Australia uses Pat Cummins as a Powerplay floater if the second wicket falls in the first four overs. Cummins is a useful option against pace, as highlighted by the Matchups and Cheat Sheet sections, but his batting has been underutilised at the international level. Pushing a low-value wicket up front and asking the player to go all out against bowling types he likes and field sets that favour him is always worth a shot.

Team Rating – 6.8/10

alt sl squad home Australia's bowling unit may have some of the biggest names in world cricket right now, but don't be fooled - it's their Achilles' heel. When Zampa is your most T20-style bowler, it's usually a red flag. Outside of the powerplay, teams with solid back-foot players are starting to figure out Hazlewood's bowling style, whereas Cummins would struggle to find a spot in the T20 XI if it weren't for his big-name reputation and all-round value. Hazlewood's splits: A cause for concern T20I career: vs ENG-IND-SA: 50-1-480-13 (37/9.6) vs REST: 88.4-3-557-40 (14/6.5) In the last 10 games: vs IND and ENG: 16-0-174-4 vs WI and SL: 16-2-95-5 Mitchell Starc's limited overs bowling abilities haven't improved over the years, and he's one of the world's most expensive bowlers at the moment. With an economy rate of 8.7, the left-arm quick ranks ninth among the 74 bowlers who have bowled more than 15 innings since 2021. And this despite the fact that Australia used the vast majority of his overs in the first 16 and not in the 2-2 or 1-1-2 templates. They also have a problem with the fifth bowler. While Maxwell will make it easier to manage against teams with a lot of left-handed batters, they will have to try to get at least three overs out of Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh - two pacers as gentle as pace can get - against RHB-heavy teams like India. If the pitch favours spin and David Warner is out early, Australia will struggle to deal with slow bowlers, especially with Glenn Maxwell out and Tim David batting only at No.6.

Rating Scale Explainer

BATTING Batting Quality - A match-winner each in the top (No.1-2), middle (No.3-4) and lower-middle order (No.5-7) Batting Depth - A minimum of 8 batting options Complementary openers - Opening pair to be complemented by both hand and type Spin Hitting - Exceptional hitting ability vs spin in the middle order (No.3-5) Pace Hitting - Exceptional hitting ability vs pace by lower middle order (No.5-7) BOWLING New ball Pace - At least 20 balls of quality seam and swing bowling ability up front Express Pace and HTD - At least 20 hit-the-deck balls at 140+kph between Overs 7 and 16 Death Bowling - A well-balanced blend of yorkers, slow balls, and hard length at a pace ranging from 17 to 20 overs. Bowling Depth - At least six 4-over options Spin (Quality & Complementary) - Both away-spin (SLA/wrist-spin) and in-spin (off-spin); Quality - Self explanatory

Squad Home

alt sl squad home Records from the last three years are not as useful as most people believe, so I like breaking them down into three individual years to assess how a player has performed/progressed - whether his average of 40, for example, is the result of one spectacular year or two good years, and so on. This is why we went into such great detail here. The "in Australia" category is self-explanatory. The World Cup is being held in Australia, which has very different conditions than the rest of the world. As a result, a player's record in the country offers substantial value in helping you understand more about the individual. Form - Based on player performance in the 10 games leading up to the World Cup.

Fantasy Board

Rank 1-11: D Warner, J Hazlewood, M Stoinis, M Marsh, A Zampa, M Starc, G Maxwell, A Finch, P Cummins, M Wade, T David David Warner is a no-brainer for the No. 1 spot here - he's an exceptional all-round, all-conditions player. Australia uses their pace trio in an unusual way, which has a negative impact on Starc's fantasy potential. From a fantasy standpoint, whether or not Starc is one of the world's most expensive bowlers is irrelevant, as most scoring systems happily reward "junk" wickets. But it is to this cheap wicket potential that Australia's usage poses a threat to: instead of bowling two of his overs at the death like most teams use their biggest name bowler, Aaron Finch and Co. adopt a 1-2-1 template. And given how easy it is to get wickets at the death, that's a major fantasy downer. This is also why Marcus Stoinis, the only fit pace bowling all-rounder in the Australian XI at the moment, has a higher fantasy potential than usual; in some of the games, the 33-year-old will be asked to bowl an over at the death. Hazlewood, the man the hosts usually turn to at the end, benefits from this as well. Glenn Maxwell would have been a huge asset if it hadn't been for his batting form, and Mitchell Marsh's fantasy value will rise once he's fit to bowl. Consider prioritising Matthew Wade if you're using scoring systems that reward SR well. Top Pick(s): David Warner Top Budget Pick(s): None Top Differential(s): None Steal(s): Marcus Stoinis

Fantasy Cheat Sheet

alt sl squad home It is simple: if you are not in the world of House of the Dragon, then the colour green is your friend. So whether it's season or daily fantasy, go with the player who has the most greens. All stats since 2021 Sheet Key M - Matches Played BF - Balls Faced BFPM - Balls Faced Per Match Runs - Runs Scored RSPM - Runs Scored Per Match Bat SR - Batting Strike Rate Overs - Overs Bowled OBPM - Overs Bowled Per Match Wickets - Wickets Taken WTPM - Wickets Taken Per Match Bowl SR - Bowling Strike Rate ER - Economy Rate C - Catches

Matchups that Matter

alt sl squad home Green – Good; Yellow – Average; Red – Poor This is my favourite part of the whole thing, and you can learn a lot from it. It's a particularly effective tool to have before game day. Here are some observations, for example: How to counter Australia - To counter Australia, you must first neutralise Warner, so here is your best shot at him:
  • Left-arm pacers who can move the ball in the powerplay
  • Pacers who can crank it
Then, in general, especially once Warner is gone, use a combination of SLAO, legspin, and raw pace between Overs 7 and 16. No off-spin at all costs, unless the deck assists spinners. Use a lot of right-handers from the top to the bottom of the batting order. This is what it does:
  • With the exception of Josh Hazlewood, it weakens the majority of their main bowlers.
  • Takes away Maxwell's off-spin value, forcing Finch to bowl Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh's gentle pace.
From a fantasy standpoint, here's how to take advantage of this:
  • Select left-handed new ball quicks against Australia.
  • Consider dropping Warner from 50% of your lineups against teams that have high-quality left-arm new ball pace bowlers like Trent Boult, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Sheldon Cottrell, especially if they also have the express pace of Lockie Ferguson and Haris Rauf.
  • Choose legspinners and SLAO all-rounders if the deck even hints at assisting spin.
  • Select express pacers such as Haris Rauf, Lockie Ferguson, and Anrich Nortje.
  • Pick star right-handers.
  • Avoid left-handers unless they are absolutely world-class against new ball swing and off-spin.