The current World T20 champions Australia are gearing up to retain their crown. And this time they are hosting the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Thus, this is an attempt to give our users an overview of T20 world cup betting tips and some predictions about the hosts.
Australia's path to the Final of the WC T20 is a little tricky as they have been added to a group with New Zealand, England, and probably the Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka.
Cricket Australia announced the squad recently for the T20 World Cup 2022 with just one change from the group which won the T20 World Cup title in UAE last year. It’s power hitter Tim David. David has been phenomenal playing across all T20 leagues across the world. Australia will be playing a three-match T20I series against India in India followed by two matches against West Indies, three against England, and two warm-up games back at home in early October before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
Australia won their 1st World T20I title last year in UAE. They won all their games on the road to glory. The only concern was that they never defended the target. All wins came by chasing which is a normal thing when you play in UAE. So, will it be enough to defend the title this time? At least the home conditions are a big boost for Australia. Plus, 10 T20I games before the World T20 2022 will give enough idea to skipper Aaron Finch to find the right combination of playing eleven.
Here are some t20 world cup betting tips for our readers.
Team Australia – Current form and t20 world cup betting tips
Australian skipper Aaron Finch announced his retirement from ODIs subjected to the struggling form. But he is the leading run-scorer for Australia in the T20I format. Finch has scored 247 runs in 9 games with two half-centuries. But his strike rate is 121.67. This can be a problem on the fast pitches in Australia. He will have a breather from the opposite end as David Warner is back in the squad. Warner played just three games this year. He scored 130 runs in these games at a strike rate of 149.42 – the second highest by an Aussie. For t20 world cup betting tips, he is our choice as the top batter from the Australian side.
Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith will be the ideal members in the top order. Maxwell’s strike rate this year is not justifying his aura. But 132.06 is good enough to play at home conditions at number three. Steve Smith will be playing under a lot of pressure after the inclusion of Tim David. Smith has just 65 runs in 5 games this year at a strike rate of 120.37. On the other hand, Tim David who will be getting his debut has a strike rate of 164.12 in T20s. Though his form tailed a little in The Hundred this season, his strike rate is the second best for the players who have batted at least 20 times at number 5 or below. Smith might be given the go-ahead of David after getting his first century in two years against New Zealand earlier.
Marcus Stoinis will be the all-rounder to watch for. Stoinis has the highest ball-to-run conversion rate this year with the bat as well as the second-best economy for Australia with the ball. But his injury will be a concern for Australia. If he doesn’t get fit before the T20 WC, Cameroon Green might replace him in the squad. Jos Inglis will be chosen over Matthew Wade as the latter has been in a fiery form.
Four pacers and a spinner are an ideal combination to play in the Aussie conditions. The 15-player squad for the T20 World Cup will definitely make any opposition fear with the quality of bowlers Australia have. Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, and Kane Richardson! Woosh! It’s deadly! Hazelwood is unarguably the best bowler in the T20Is format. Hazelwood has 14 wickets this year at an economy of 5.08. This includes two four-fers.
Australia Squad Details:
Captain: Aron Finch
Vice Captain: Pat Cummins
Wicket Keepers: Josh Inglis & Matthew Wade
Ashton Agar, Tim David, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Kane Richardson sits just below him with 13 wickets though his economy of 8.96 is worrisome. Looking at the names of Starc and Cummins, one might find an excuse not to face them. But both of them are not in the game for a long time. The duo has played 5 games this year and has taken 5 wickets only at an economy of 8. Finch might go with Nathan Elis who had an excellent English summer this year. Elis who played just one T20I for Australia came up with a figure of 4 wickets for 28. Among these five, we will go with Hazelwood for the top bowler from the Aussie camp.
Adam Zampa will be playing the role of the specialist spinner. Zampa was the second leading wicket-taker in the last World T20 campaign with 13 wickets in 7 games at an average of 12.08.
T20 World Cup Australia predictions 2022
Australia will start their T20 World Cup campaign against New Zealand. They have 3 wins in the last four T20Is against the neighbour.
Surprisingly, Australia has faced New Zealand only twice at home and has managed to win both. They are likely to win the opening game too. Australia will probably play Sri Lanka in the second game. Though Sri Lanka has won their 6th Asia Cup title recently, they have lost 11 of their last 13 T20I games against the hosts. It will be an easy walk for Australia at The Perth.
The tricky part starts with Australia’s third game against England. The only stats that favour Australia here are that they have 7 victories in 8 T20Is at home against England. But the recent history tilts towards England as they have 4 wins in the last 5 T20Is against the hosts. This game will be a nail-biter for sure.
It will get easier for Australia in the final two games of the group stage. They might see Ireland in the fourth game followed by Afghanistan in the last. If Australia manages to lead the points table, they will play semis at their favourite stadium – Sydney Cricket Ground where they have 9 wins in 10 matches. But a slip in the table will force them to play at the Adelaide – where they have a 40% win rate.
Australia is the favourite to win the ICC World T20 2022, as per the top betting websites like Parimatch and Crickex. Though they haven’t played much T20I cricket this year. They have 10 matches to figure out their winning combination before the T20 WC. They are going with the same squad which won the world cup last year with just one change. And that change has already created a buzz. For Australia, it won’t be difficult to enter the knockouts.