Cricket Australia to review World T20 performance
Cricket Australia (CA) Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard revealed that the board will launch a review of the performance of the Australian team in the recently concluded 2016 ICC World T20.
Australia failed to qualify for the World T20 semi-finals after suffering defeats in their first and last games of the Super 10 stage against New Zealand and India respectively.
The final Super 10 stage match against India was a virtual quarter-final for both the teams, but India romped home to a six-wicket win on the back of an unbeaten 82 from Virat Kohli.
Howard said that the board believed that the squad picked for the World T20 tournament in India had the potential to win the elusive title.
“Players are currently playing a lot of world class T20 cricket in domestic competitions around the world,” Howard said.
“We will review all aspects of our preparation and performance because we genuinely believed we had a team that could win.
“The World T20 in Australia in four years’ time will be in different conditions and we also know that the tactics of the game will evolve, but our preparation for that tournament will progress over the next two years, as it was for the World Cup in 2015.”
However, former Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin feels that there was no problem in the approach of the team in the shortest format of the game.
Furthermore, Haddin said that it was only a matter of finding the right balance as Australia’s current priority lies in Test cricket.
“I think we’ve got it right,” Haddin said of Australia’s priorities.
“Look at how successful the Big Bash has been.
“We’re doing some really good things in T20s, we’ve got some of the best T20 players in the IPL.
“At the moment we haven’t quite clicked in tournaments, it’s a bit of a balancing act to make sure we do prioritise Test cricket and cherish every moment of that.”
In six attempts at winning the World T20, Australia managed to reach the semi-finals twice, in 2007 and 2012, while finishing as the runners up in the 2010 edition of the tournament.
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