Former Australian player Brad Hogg believes there is a lot more for the Australian cricket team to do before the next T20 World Cup.
Australia emerged the champions of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after defeating trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by eight wickets on Sunday in Dubai.
Australia’s duo of David Warner (53) and Mitchell Marsh (77*) paved the way for the team’s chase of 173 with their impetus partnership of 92 runs before the former departed in the 13th over.
Glenn Maxwell hit 28 runs off 18 balls to finish the game along with Marsh in the remaining part of the game.
Although Australia won the title but Hogg is of the opinion that there are many things the team needs to fix to defend their title at home next year.
Need more aggressive batsmen: Brad Hogg
Hogg talked about the places of captain Aaron Finch and stylish batsman Steven Smith in the Australian T20I team.
“Lot of things for Australia to resolve by the time the next T20 World Cup comes around. Need more aggressive batsmen. Hopefully Finch finds his form, his place in the team is under the radar,” Hogg said on his YouTube channel.
“Apart from aggression at the top by one of the openers, No.4 is also an area of concern. Have to assess whether Steve Smith is a good for T20 or not. That’s where Josh Inglis might come in,” he added.
Australia still have a lot to work: Brad Hogg
Hogg cited the examples of India and England cricket teams to be superior in all formats building their bench strengths. The former left-arm wrist spinner feels the same needs to be done in his country as well.
“The last 5-8 years, it has not exactly gone to plan, we have rested on the laurels a bit. A few nations have caught up with us, Australia still have a lot to work to do. India have set the bar when it comes to playing in ODI, Tests and even T20s. They were unlucky in this particular tournament,” Hogg said.
With the T20 World Cup, Australia have now eight ICC titles in their cabinet with five 50-over World Cups and two Champions trophies.