There is not much time left for the teams to fix their jigsaw before the T20 World Cup. One of the teams that are struggling big time is Australia, who have lost their last five T20I series, with a 4-1 drubbing against Bangladesh their most recent setback.
Another issue for Australia is the lack of game time for their ace players. The regulars have not played cricket since the first leg of IPL and might be a little rusty. However, most of the players will participate in the second leg of IPL in UAE which former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting feels is the best thing that could have happened to them. Ponting feels playing quality cricket before the T20 World Cup will help the Australians get into their grooves.
“Those guys that haven’t played for three or four months now, they need to get back into the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the best players in the world,” said Ponting on SEN Radio.
Given the IPL and T20 World Cup will be played in the same country, the players will get used to the conditions before the mega event begins. Ponting emphasized the same point and said playing the IPL is Australia’s best preparation for the T20 World Cup.
“No doubt it’s their best preparation to be in those exact conditions, playing in probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world,” said Ponting as quoted by cricket.com.au while talking with Australia Test captain Tim Paine in a conversation on SEN radio.
Meanwhile, most of the Australians barring Pat Cummins have confirmed their availability for the second leg. Cummins is expecting his first child and thus want to be with his fiancé.
“For the second half of this season, it’s going to be really tough to get over there. We’ll see how it plays out but at this stage, it might be a bit too hard, but with the World Cup straight after that, I’m hoping to be good to go for that,” said Cummins earlier in his Vlog on YouTube.