The Australian Cricket Team suffered a humiliating 8-wicket defeat against England in the last game against England. The Aussies could only manage to score 125 runs in the first innings.
It was never going to be enough against a star-studded England batting unit. Jos Buttler’s sensational 71-run knock off 32 balls meant England chased down the score in just 11.4 overs.
That defeat have dented Australia’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals. They now have to win both their remaining matches and with a significant margin to give themselves a chance of making a top-four finish. Australia are slated to play their next game against Bangladesh on Thursday. Here’s a look at our predicted playing XI of Australia for the match:
AUS vs BAN: Australia’s (AUS) Predicted Playing XI Against Bangladesh (BAN) – ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Match 34
Openers: David Warner and Aaron Finch
David Warner and Aaron Finch returned to form with notable innings against Sri Lanka. Warner scored 65 off 42 balls, while Finch amassed 37 off 23.
Warner, however, couldn’t play a similar knock against England as he got out for 1 off 2 deliveries. Finch, though, fought hard for his 49-ball 44. For Australia to keep their hopes alive for a top-four finish, David Warner and Aaron Finch have to set the tone with vital knocks at the top.
Both are proven match-winners and you should expect them to come good in must-win matches.
Middle-Order: Steven Smith and Mathew Wade
Steve Smith played two crucial knocks in the first two games but couldn’t make a vital contribution against England. Post Australia’s dismal show against England, question marks were raised over Smith’s place in the playing XI.
Having said that, the team management is likely to back him for the next game against Bangladesh. Wade scored 18 runs off 18 balls against Bangladesh and should continue donning the gloves for the team.
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis
Glenn Maxwell’s failure in the ICC T20 World Cup hasn’t kept Australia in good stead. He was in scintillating form prior to the start of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. However, the Australian cricketer hasn’t been able to replicate his IPL performances in the ICC event.
Ahead of the next game against Bangladesh, Australia would be hoping that he gets back his groove. Mitchell Marsh sat out in the last game as Ashton Agar replaced him the eleven. However, with Australia not doing well with the bat, you expect him to come back into the playing XI.
Marcus Stoinis is likely to continue taking the role of the finisher. He finished the game with crucial cameos in the first two games but unfortunately got out early in the last game. Stoinis has shown great form and one can expect him to play another vital knock if gets the opportunity to bat.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Josh Hazlewood
Australia’s pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood endured a poor outing in the last game against England. All three were at the receiving end of Jos Buttler’s carnage.
However, it doesn’t take away the fact it the one of the best pace attack and Australia are unlikely to make a change. Adam Zampa has done little wrong in the tournament. It is safe to say that he has been the best bowler for the side and should complete the playing XI.