Australia’s batting order for tri series uncertain

Krishna Chopra / 02 June 2016
Steve Smith

A major reason behind Australia’s failure in the ICC World T20 2016 was the incompetent batting order. David Warner, who recently aggregated over 800 runs in the IPL while opening the innings, was asked to bat in the middle, just to find the correct team balance. Doing so turned out to be a rather disastrous move, as the side’s best batsman hardly got any time to find himself in the middle.

With the tri series in the Caribbean about to begin, the emphasis is once again on Australia’s batting order. With the likes of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja in the fray, there are several permutations and combinations in line for the Kangaroos. The middle order is likely to comprise of skipper Steve Smith, George Bailey, flamboyant all rounder Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh.

In a recent chat, Finch admitted that nothing was certain about the batting order. “There’s competition for the top three, there’s competition in the middle order, George Bailey has been outstanding in one-day cricket and we’ve got the young gun Travis Head coming in who had a real impact last summer,” said opener Aaron Finch. “Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh.  So you could say eight or nine doesn’t go into six and you still need Matthew Wade to wicketkeep,” said Finch.

“I think any time you get injured, it gives someone else an opportunity to get a look in at your spot. It’s always tough. “Uzzy has come in and played very well every opportunity he has had. “It is what it is. They’ve got to find two spots and whatever combination they go with – if there’s a spot there for the other player in the middle order – so be it,” said Finch.

Usman Khawaja on the other hand, hinted that the Finch- Warner pair would most likely open the innings.  “I love opening but I know Finchy and Davey have been doing it for a while,” Khawaja said. “I understand that and I’m just glad to be a part of this team because I wasn’t around at all last year or the year before that.

“That sort of stuff has no bearing on me, the selectors and coaches make those decisions and I just try and go out there and play cricket and do that to the best of my ability.”I’d be happy to play anywhere, I just love batting. “Anywhere in the top order would be nice, but at the same time we’ve got a lot of talented players here so it just depends what happens.”

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