Former Australian fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz believes that visitor’s inexperienced middle order that struggled in the ODI series won’t be an issue in T20s. There is hardly any time that is there to settle in a T20 match and you have to get going as soon as possible.
Kasprowicz believes that the tourist will be relying on their key players like Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell and with so much of IPL experience under their belt, the onus would be on their shoulders to fire once again.
Australia was not able to seize the crucial moments in the One-Day Internationals series and that cost them the whole series. Their batting department was not able to build on the pressure and especially the inexperience in the middle order went against them.
Australia will be banking on their experience players
Kasprowicz said while talking to PTI at an event organized by FICCI and Queensland government in New Delhi, “There isn’t a lot of time for the middle-order in the T20s. You are relying on your key batsmen. And I think that is what Australia has in David Warner, Steven Smith, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, who all have got plenty of IPL experience”.
It is never easy for any team to hit the ground running in Indian conditions and Australia have found the going tough. They would like to make most of their ODI experience and won’t like to repeat the same mistakes in the T20 series. Kasprowicz was part of the Australian team that was blown away by Sachin Tendulkar in Sharjah in 1998 and the fast bowler believes that the Master Blaster cannot be compared to anyone.
No one can be compared with Sachin Tendulkar
Kasprowicz added, “There can only be one Sachin Tendulkar though Virat has got a phenomenal record and he is leading the team pretty well. But you cannot compare anyone to Sachin.”
Australia will like to bounce back stronger in the T20 series after having lost the ODI series. The first T20 will be played at Ranchi tomorrow (7th October).