Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has said the team’s recent form in the T20Is should not be a cause of concern heading into the upcoming T20 International Cup, which is set to begin on October 17 in Oman and UAE.
Australia’s form in the shortest format has not been that great as the team has won just two matches in their 10 completed games against West Indies and Bangladesh. The team was without their first-choice players as David Warner, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, and Adam Zampa missed the away tours due to personal reasons and injuries.
Starc said the team was not at their full-strength and so the results didn’t go in favor of the team. Now, the scenario has slightly has changed as the big guns have returned to the side and Starc is expecting Australia to come out with flying colours.
“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.
Starc further opined that eight losses against West Indies and Bangladesh were due to some inexperienced players in the team, who either were debuting or played few games.
“We had some really young, inexperienced players and some young guys… thrown in the deep end really quickly,” Starc explained.
Australia are placed in Group A for the showpiece event alongside West Indies, South Africa, and West Indies. Two teams are set to join them from the Qualifiers, which gets underway from Sunday (October 17).