Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg expressed his concern over the national team’s chances in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE in October. Australia are placed in group A alongside England, South Africa, West Indies, and two more teams from the qualifier. Brad Hogg stated Australia’s top four inspire little confidence, given their recent form.
Australia recently suffered a 4-1 defeat to the West Indies as their batting line-up failed on multiple occasions. Uncertainties remain on Steve Smith’s availability for the marquee tournament, while Aaron Finch will undergo a knee injury, ruling him out of the upcoming T20 leg in Bangladesh. Hence, the buck would lie with David Warner and Glenn Maxwell to carry their hopes.
Brad Hogg started by stating that Australia’s middle-order heavily relies on the top three of Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, and David Warner. The Western Australian remarked there is a cloud hovering on Steve Smith’s availability and their top-order gives little confidence for now.
“I am worried about Australia’s middle-order. They just rely so heavily on the likes of Maxwell, Warner, and Finch at the top of the order. I don’t know whether Smith is there and I don’t know whether the form of those top four give me confidence in that particular tournament,” Hogg told in his Youtube channel.
I just think the West Indies have got a good power game: Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg has little doubts about West Indies’ chances of reaching the semi-finals as he thinks the defending champions have a solid power game. The 50-year old further predicted that England, with their brand of aggressive cricket, would sideline Australia and South Africa.
“I just think the West Indies have got a good power game which is very hard to stop in the short format. This is where they are the most dominant in their brand of cricket. So they will get into the semifinals. And I think England with their aggressive cricket too will outplay the likes of South Africa and Australia,” he added.