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Smith return likely vs NZ as Aussies gear up for T20 World Cup

Smith return likely vs NZ as Aussies gear up for T20 World Cup

Australia has conceded 200+ runs in four consecutive T20s, including victories against the West Indies and New Zealand.

While Australia tasted victory in a nail-biting final-ball thriller against New Zealand, T20 captain Mitch Marsh acknowledged the challenge of consistently chasing down massive totals. He also hinted at a potential return for Steve Smith in the next match, while praising newcomer Tim David’s match-winning heroics.

Tim David the Matchwinner:

Despite their batting lineup boasting power-hitters like David Warner, Travis Head, and Matt Short, Australia opted for a different combination in the first T20 against New Zealand, leaving Smith out. However, their strategy paid off, with David emerging as the unlikely hero. His unbeaten 31 off 10 balls sealed the win, showcasing his ability to thrive under pressure in the crucial finishing role.

Big Scores the New Norm?

Australia has conceded 200+ runs in four consecutive T20s, including victories against the West Indies and New Zealand. While Marsh admits this isn’t ideal, he suggests it might be the new reality in T20 cricket. He highlighted the need to adapt to defending or chasing such high scores, especially with upcoming matches on small grounds in the T20 World Cup.

Steve Smith Return on the Horizon?

Although the current batting order has yielded positive results, Marsh hinted at potential changes for the next game. He stated that while Head and Warner were preferred as openers for the first match, “Steve will come into calculations for the next game.”

This opens the door for Smith’s return, though Marsh emphasized the focus on experimenting and offering opportunities to various players in preparation for the World Cup.

Adapting to Big Scoring:

The recent trend of high-scoring T20 matches presents a challenge for bowlers. While acknowledging the need to improve their bowling attack, Marsh believes Australians need to adjust to both defending and chasing big totals as they gear up for the World Cup.

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