International Cricket: Predicted XI & Reaction from today’s announcement regarding Australia’s T20 Squad v Pakistan in the UAE

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Cricket Australia have earlier announced their Twenty20 squad that will face against Pakistan during late this month.

That will commence four days after the two-test contest wraps up in Abu Dhabi.

Aaron Finch who opens typically in the white-ball format gets the opportunity to lead this side.

So will Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey as vice-captains.

Apart from that, here’s the initial 14-man squad:

  • Aaron Finch (Captain)
  • Mitchell Marsh (Vice-Captain)
  • Alex Carey (Vice-Captain/Wicketkeeper)
  • Ashton Agar
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Chris Lynn
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Ben McDermott
  • D’Arcy Short
  • Billy Stanlake
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Andrew Tye
  • Adam Zampa

Bowlers

Adam Zampa continues to lead the wickets out of the spinners.

His leg-spin work will be the driving force on those subcontinent tracks throughout the three-match contest.

So does Billy Stanlake & Andrew Tye out of the quicks for Queensland & Western Australia respectively.

Nathan Coulter-Nile may have missed the majority of last summer & most of the first half of this year due to injury.

But he did respond well on his comeback with six wickets overall on his last three games:

  • 3/46, South Australia
  • 1/33, Victoria
  • 2/67, Tasmania

Coulter-Nile will make a significant impact on his return in the T20I format with Australia as long as he stays injury free.

Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon will get a bit of a run during the three-match T20I series.

But maybe not the first match as one of Starc or Lyon would need some much-needed rest from the Tests.

Though, the 2nd and 3rd contests would be most likely to opt both should they come in 1-0 down v Pakistan.

Not forgetting Ashton Agar in this regard where he may not get the first pick during the two test matches beginning on Sunday.

But like others picked earlier today, Agar will get a go at some point late this month in the T20Is.

Batsmen

Glenn Maxwell’s recent run of form may be mixed having not reached a 50 out of his previous six matches.

Though, he did make an opening game 80 v Queensland in Townsville three weeks ago.

But at least he’s scoring some of the runs and contributing the whole team well which is still what Australia needed.

Chris Lynn is another player who continued to make his statement of intent.

Five straight 50s and two 100s out of the last six looked pretty sharp.

D’Arcy Short is continuing the same trend alongside others who I mentioned in this post.

He scored a mighty 257 in Hurstville Oval last week v Queensland plus 63 v Tasmania a few days ago.

Another player who stands out well is Ben McDermott who plays for state team, Tasmania.

Four 50s and Two centuries over the past five matches.

This young man who made a name for himself with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash deserves a shot at International level.

If B.McDermott can transfer his magic into the International game, then no doubt that he will play ODI & Tests very soon.

Another shining young batsman that Australia should utilize from now on.

It’s up to Justin Langer to see plenty of his development & give McDermott a chance.

As always D’Arcy Short & Aaron Finch both possess big-hitting qualities when they open the bat.

So will Mitchell Marsh & Alex Carey in the middle-order.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s a well-balanced side where some of the guys have put themselves on the front foot through the 50-Over Cup.

No doubt the merits they justified at recent times will have an opportunity to take it wisely on the International soil.

Don’t forget it’s great to keep Starc, Lyon, M. Marsh & Finch a bit longer to add experience.

Yes, it’s crucial that they play in the white-ball format as most of the focus towards preparing for next year’s 50-Over World Cup.

For the batsmen, it’s lovely to have some big-hitters who are brave to take on the Pakistani bowlers all night.

And last but not least, the youngsters.

The decision to give Ben McDermott a chance is the best step forward in developing talent within Australian Cricket.

Predicted Starting XI

  1. D’Arcy Short
  2. Aaron Finch (Captain)
  3. Chris Lynn
  4. Glenn Maxwell
  5. Ben McDermott
  6. Mitchell Marsh (Vice-Captain)
  7. Alex Carey (WK/Vice-Captain)
  8. Andrew Tye
  9. Adam Zampa
  10. Nathan Coulter-Nile
  11. Billy Stanlake

Prediction

Australia to win the three-match contest, 2-1.

Would like a whitewash result regarding the heart.

But on the mind, Australia will need some time to get the whole new-look squad to gel.

It’s hard filling-in the spots established by David Warner and Steve Smith.

Though, some of the big-hitting qualities and talent made in the Big Bash League will hopefully beat the odds.

And it’s best that Justin Langer should use them wisely and get a series win v Pakistan in the UAE.

Not just Test Matches but the three-match T20I Series too.

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