Although his country has not won a T20 international series since February 2020, former Australia batter Michael Hussey is hopeful about the team’s chances in the World Cup for the shortest format. The opening round of the event began on Sunday in Oman. Prior to the championship, Australia had lost five series to England, India, New Zealand, the West Indies, and Bangladesh. “I’m genuinely quite bullish about Australia’s chances.” I believe we have a really excellent, dangerous squad. If they can gain confidence and adjust effectively to the circumstances, I believe they will be a very good squad. “Hopefully, they can get going,” Hussey told foxsports.com.au.
The event will be conducted in the UAE and Oman, with the final set for November 14 in Dubai.
Hussey lauded all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for his performance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the just completed IPL in the UAE.
Maxwell scored 513 runs in 15 matches, including six half-centuries, at an average of 42.75 and a strike rate of 144.10.
“He’s been fascinating to watch. He’s been on a roll. He’s been upbeat, and the good news is that it’s under those conditions in the UAE (he has performed). So, ideally, he can take his IPL success into the World Cup, since he will be an important component of the squad.
“It’s a difficult job to play in the middle order in T20 cricket, so if you’ve got someone who’s in great form and on top of their game, we’ve seen he can be a match-winner on his own,” Hussey said.
Australia will kick off their Super 12 campaign against South Africa on October 23 in Abu Dhabi.