Australia’s Batsmen Do well as Leg-spinners Surprise and Impress in T20s

Australia has done a great job in the ODIs, fielding a full-strength side.

They saw crucial players like Finch, Maxwell, and Smith find form, as they put up high totals in each game.

Warner’s injury may have affected them in the T20s, as did Finch’s in the second T20.

The Australians indeed suffered from injuries as the series went on.

They lost Hazlewood as they didn’t want to risk him ahead of the Tests, and Starc due to personal issues.

Warner injured his groin and is now out of the first Test.

Injuries did allow Australia to look at new players as Henriques and Wade proved themselves.

Both players did well.

The bowling lost its steam as players went out of the side, affecting the Australians slightly.

The new-bowlers couldn’t make use of the opportunity, but the spinners did an excellent job.

Let us now look at the takeaways for Australia.

Opening Pair:

Australia

Aaron Finch and David Warner reunited at the top for the first two games.

The two batsmen did an excellent job of getting Australia after promising starts.

They set the platform for Smith and Maxwell to come in and boss the game.

Finch didn’t have the best of form coming into the series.

He endured a poor IPL but returned to form well in his home conditions and a format suited to him.

Warner also ensured the side got off to good starts and chipped in with crucial half-centuries.

In Warner’s absence, Matthew Wade filled in nicely.

He filled the hole by providing aggressive starts in the last two T20s and should take the credit for the third T20 win.

Leg-spin combination brings success:

Throughout the T20 series, the Australian leg-spinners did well to pick up wickets in the middle-overs.

Adam Zampa is known to have a good record against Virat Kohli, and the matchups were used well, as the leg-spin pair picked up eight wickets in the series.

Zampa and Swepson are the key reason behind the defense in the third T20.

The two bowlers managed to apply the brakes in the middle overs with the balance game, allowing pressure to build.

Steve Smith in Ominous Form Against India:

Steve Smith has always enjoyed playing in India.

Throughout his career, he has put up good records against them, particularly in the Test format.

He didn’t play the last time India toured Australia, and the signs shown during the ODIs are going to send shockwaves in the Indian camp.

He hit two centuries in the first two T20s, which proved the difference between a score in the low 300s and high 300s.

He has proven that he found his hands, and the knocks were of the highest quality.

He ran hard between the wickets and used his technique beautifully to find the boundary.

He maintained a high strike-rate, and if he manages to carry this form into the Test series, India will be facing a long tour.

Matthew wade, Glenn Maxwell, and Moises Henriques Find Form:

Matthew Wade found his place in the side during the T20s and opened the batting in the final two games.

He got Australia off to strong starts, with many boundaries, and showed his skills as an opener.

He also got the chance to lead the side as Finch was absent and added to Australia’s headaches as an opener.

The headache arises as it may seem challenging to decide who drops down once David Warner gets fit.

Like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell has come off a poor IPL, in which he only managed 108 runs.

He put the poor IPL behind him and ultimately took the game away from India in conditions he enjoys.

He hit three fifties and a quick forty in the first ODI as he returned to form.

His knock helped Australia propel the score and gave the side a magnificent finish.

Moises Henrique is another player making his comeback.

He was out of the limited-overs sides for a while and got called- up.

With Marcus Stoinis injured, Henriques got the chance to play and proved that he belongs in the Australian setup.

He was silent with the bat, putting up some handy scores, but provided some Australia a lot of options with the ball.

He filled in as the extra bowler and took some critical wickets during the series.

He finished with four wickets, and the dismissals generally were of some of India’s key batsmen and helped break partnerships.

Back-up pacers Struggle:

With Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood out of the last two T20s for various reasons, Australia got the chance to try some new fast bowlers.

Sean Abbott, Sams, and AJ Tye got the opportunity in the remaining games.

Though new bowlers were given the opportunity, neither managed to put up great performances, with Abbott going for runs on all three occasions.

Sams was also taken for runs, and AJ Tye did well in one of the games but struggle in another.

The fast bowlers were inconsistent, and it was the leg-spinners that helped keep Australia in the game.

With the back-up bowlers not living up to the expectations, Australia may have to work on their bench strength with more games coming up.

There was potential from Tye, but the others indeed have work to do.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.