The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in Australia from October 16 to November 13, 2022. While 16 teams will participate in this event, 8 of them have already qualified for the Super 12 round. The rest of the teams will qualify based on their performance in the qualifications. The mega tournament kicks off with Sri Lanka taking on Namibia on Sunday, October 16.
The Australian captain, Aaron Finch, stated that his players are a bit tired from the hectic schedule and need to freshen up before the mega tournament. The defending champions have a golden opportunity to defend their title in their own conditions.
Australia have been playing cricket nonstop for the past few months. The Aussies hosted Zimbabwe and New Zealand before travelling to India and then hosting the West Indies and England T20I series at home.
We’re In A Position To Be Peaking At The Right Time – Aaron Finch
“I think the guys are probably a little bit tired at the moment. The schedule has been so packed over the last six to eight weeks that we identified a couple of months ago that we wanted to make sure that we’re in a position to be peaking at the right time of the World Cup and not beforehand,” Aaron Finch said at the press conference in Brisbane.
“So it’s going to be important over the next couple of days to try and freshen everyone up as much as we can,” he added.
England captain Jos Buttler admitted that the T20 format is unpredictable, but Australia are still the team to beat and remain the favourite to win the T20 World Cup in 2022.
Australia Are The Favourites For The T20 World Cup 2022 – Jos Buttler
“T20 is one of those games that can be unpredictable, but I think history tells you that, generally, the host nation are slight favourites in big tournaments,” Jos Buttler said.
“Many of us have travelled and played in Australia and know the conditions, but of course no-one is going to know the conditions or be as accustomed to them as the Australian team. They are also reigning champions, so you have to pick them out probably as favourites for the tournaments,” he added.
Defending champions Australia will open their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on October 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia defeated New Zealand in the ICC T20 World 2021 final to lift their first-ever World Cup in the shorter format.