The world’s number one T20I bowler Josh Hazlewood is convinced that bowlers will play a vital role in the coming T20 World Cup and that the teams will not be completely dependent on the power hitters. The 2022 T20 World Cup will be played in Australia in October this year and the tournament kicks off on October 16. The Australian team won the last T20 World Cup and will try to defend its title on home soil. This is Australia’s first chance to host the T20 World Cup. The tournament will be played at seven locations.
“Think T20 in Australia, it’s probably a little bit better for the bowlers in a lot of ways. The outfields are bigger, the wickets have a bit more speed, you can use those limits to your advantage,” Hazlewood said as quoted by ESPN.
Australia is in the middle of the table with a run rate of 8.22 in domestic T20 games played in the past two years, yielding a much larger sample than T20Is. During the Super 12s phase, Australia visits five different locations, so each opponent they encounter must adapt to a different playing surface.
In the past two seasons, T20Is have only been played in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra due to pandemic border restrictions, with Canberra not hosting World Cup matches.
The health of Australian death bowling has been under scrutiny, but in T20Is this year, with an economy of 9.85, they compare favorably with the other World Cup participants.
While Mitchell Starc was equipped for the India tour, a number of options were used in the final overs against India, despite the fact that three of them Cameron Green, Daniel Sams and Nathan Ellis are not in the World Cup lineup.
“It was a great test in that situation. A lot of guys got the chance to bowl at the end against some of the best batters in the game on the flattest wickets and small boundaries. There’s always something to work on, of course, which fields you want, what balls you want to bowl, but there’s no practice like that and we’ll be better off for the run,” Hazlewood said as quoted by ESPN.
Hazlewood, one of only two fast bowlers in the top 10 right now, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, is the current number one in the world in T20I bowling.
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