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Australia has lost 16 of their last 24 T20 internationals going back to the start of 2020, but pacer Mitchell Starc said there was good reason for those disappointing results.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has said that not much can be read into the team’s recent poor form in recent T20 Internationals as they have hardly been able to play in the format with full-strength squads. Mitchell Starc said, however, that players are coming into the T20 World Cup in good form from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and they are looking to win the tournament.

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Australia Pic: Getty

Australia’s Pacer Mitchell Starc Says Australia Didn’t Always Have Full Strength T20I Team Available

Mitchell Starc said there was a good reason for those disappointing results.

“Over the last three years or so, we haven’t always had our full-strength Twenty20 team available,” he told reporters from Abu Dhabi.

“Now we’ve got everyone available we’re looking forward to getting stuck in and hopefully showing the class that we have. We’ve set out to win the World Cup, we don’t want anything less,” said Starc.

Australia's Mitchell Starc
Australia’s Mitchell Starc  Image Credit: AFP

Australia has lost the last 5 T20I series they have played against New Zealand, India, England, West Indies, and Bangladesh. Aaron Finch (knee) and Steve Smith (elbow) have been backed to return from injury for the tournament, with David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson also set to be back in action after sitting out the team’s tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh in July-August.

Australia’s recent form in T20I hasn’t been impressive either as they lost the T20I series in West Indies 4-1 and lost a bilateral series for the first time against Bangladesh which wasn’t the ideal preparation they needed. Aaron Finch suffered a knee injury while practising in the build-up to the T20Is against West Indies, which he aggravated in the fifth game of that series, following which he missed the subsequent Bangladesh tour.

Australia Now Have Got Full Strength Team Available And Have To Play Best Cricket From The Onset: Mitchell Starc

Australia’s form has been particularly poor in the shortest format this year, with only two wins from 10 matches on tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh, losing both the 5 match T20I series 4-1.

“We had some really young, inexperienced players and some young guys… thrown in the deep end really quickly,” Starc explained. “Yeah, not our best tour, but obviously now we’ve got our full-strength team available, guys coming off (the Indian Premier League) in really good form, it’s up to us now.”

Aaron Finch, AFP
Aaron Finch, AFP

Australia has been drawn in Super 12 Group 1 with West Indies, England, South Africa, and two qualifiers. With only five matches in the group and just the top two progressing to the semi-finals, Australia will need to hit their stride in their tournament opener against the Proteas in Abu Dhabi next Saturday, Mitchell Starc added.

“You almost have to play some of your best cricket from the get-go,” he said.

“It’s important for us to play well against South Africa and hopefully carry that through the tournament. It’s no secret that we haven’t won a T20 World Cup, so I’m looking forward to hopefully being a part of our first one.”

Australia will be commencing its journey in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 with a clash against South Africa. With the return of big names like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, and Pat Cummins the Aaron Finch-led side will be looking forward to gaining back the momentum. Notably, team Australia has never won a T20 World Cup and they will have an eye on lifting their first-ever T20 World Cup championship.