Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg believes that the struggling pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch have to come good if Australia needs to taste success in the T20 World Cup. Australia managed to win one warm-up fixture against New Zealand while they lost the next one against India. They did not look convincing in both the games, especially with the top order not firing.
David Warner has been going through a lean patch from the IPL 2021, where he was sacked from captaincy by the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise and hasn’t made considerable runs after that despite playing four innings. Aaron Finch is coming off an injury straight away, and he was dismissed early in the warm-up fixture as well, exposing the middle order quickly.
Brad Hogg Explains The Importance Of The Australian Openers
Brad Hogg mentioned that the key players to Australia’s success will be from the top order of David Warner and Aaron Finch, and he believed that the openers cannot afford to be dismissed early. He added that Maxwell will have to play a key role at No.4 as he has been the in-form batsman from the IPL 2021.
“For me, the key players would be Warner and Finch at the top. Warner has to get in form because if you don’t get a good start at the top of the order, if the openers don’t do the job, you’re on the back foot straightaway. Maxwell at No.4 is an important component,” Brad Hogg on Deep Dasgupta’s Youtube Channel.
Brad Hogg Opines On Mitchell Starc’s New Ball Abilities
Brad Hogg reckoned that Josh Inglis could come into the side with his 360-degree batting strokes and noted Mitchell Starc’s role with the new ball to pick up wickets upfront. He also added that Starc should get his rhythm at the death overs to provide the difference in the side.
Josh Inglis should come in at No.6, he has got 360 arc shots and could prove to be a difference in the batting unit. Mitchell Starc is the key with the ball. He has to pick up wickets with the new ball and in the death as well,” He added.
Australia will start its Super 12 stage campaign against South Africa on the 23rd of October.