Brett Lee
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Former Australian speedster Brett Lee believes that Aaron Finch and co. could well spring a surprise in the knockout stages of the ongoing T20 World Cup. They might be ‘underdogs’, but the momentum gathered in the Super 12 stage does put the Aussies in good stead, as per Lee.

Last night, the England side was subject to a stunning loss courtesy of some expert batting performance from New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham. With the World No.1 team out of the way, the trophy could be anybody’s from here on.

After almost a month of action, it all comes down to five days, four teams, and three matches at the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2021. And I reckon this could be Australia’s year. I sense the belief in the Australia camp and I think there is some real momentum there. Everything is clicking nicely ahead of Thursday’s semifinal against Pakistan.

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They have been underdogs in this tournament and going under the radar has really helped them. When you go in as one of the favorites like England, with their history and success, it breeds confidence but also expectations. If England don’t beat New Zealand and make the final, people will be asking questions just like India, who started slowly and didn’t peak at the right time,” Lee wrote in his column for the ICC.

“Key reason for Australia’s success is how they utilised spin” – Brett Lee

Brett Lee feels that Australia’s biggest ‘weapon’ in this tournament is leg-spinner Adam Zampa. The young leg-spinner has been one of their best – if not the best – in the tournament so far, and they will continue to rely upon him to provide breakthroughs against the star-studded Pakistan batting lineup.

A key reason for Australia’s success is how they have utilised spin. With the bat, we have some great players of spin and they have shown that in this tournament, but the big weapon is Adam Zampa.

Adam Zampa
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His form spinning the ball has been the key and Australia have embraced a different T20 style with him. Before, the method was always to try and score 170-odd and then try and blow teams away with the quicks. But they know they can’t do that in the UAE and introducing a bigger spin element has helped massively,” Lee added.

Australia takes on Pakistan in the second semifinal on Thursday, and the winner will face New Zealand in the finals.

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