The stadiums were empty, pitches covered up, players in lock down. The entire cricket world came to a stand still amid the lockdown. The IPL came as huge relief and in what can be considered as the beginning of the normalcy, we have the much awaited heavyweight clash between the Australians and India, which is set to begin on the 27th of November.
It is always exciting news for all the cricketing nations as the 27th will mark the start of the three series- Namely- India’s tour of Australia, England’s tour of South Africa and West indies tour of New Zealand. This will be the first time post the lockdown six nations will be playing at the same time.
As we know the Australia vs India series always promises to be a high intensity one and players give their best on the field. In recent times it has been very difficult to separate the two teams on sheets. We had a look at the 5 Indian players to look out for the T20I series. Cricwizz now takes a look at the 5 Australian players to watch out for in the all exciting T20I series which will get underway from the 4th of December.
1) Marcus Stoinis
The 31- year old was seen hammering the bowlers in the recently concluded Indian Premier League and also managed to pick up the crucial wickets when the team needed him to. Stoinis is having a dream year as he was on the charts in the Big Bash League as well. The all- rounder is currently the third highest run- scorer in T20 this year with 986 runs to his name.
Can the Aussie continue his form in the International level? The Australians will hoping he can and if he gets going the Indians could have a tough time on the field.
Marcus Stoinis has played 22 T20I for Australia and has scored 220 runs at a strike- rate of 122.91. His bowling has been handy too. He surely is a player to watch out in this series solely for the prime form he has been this year.
2) David Warner
The Pocket- Dynamite David Warner needs no introduction. When it comes to limited- overs cricket, there are very few batsmen who can match his consistency. The former Australian captain was a bit shaky in the initial stages of the IPL but set the stage on fire with his fearless batting once he got into the groove.
He would be looking forward to doing the same here for his country and we all know the destruction he can cause if he gets going.
The Left- hander has played 81 T20I for the baggy greens and managed to score 2265 runs at an excellent strike- rate of 140. He is also the highest run- getter for Australia in T20I.
3) Mitchell Starc
Also known as Mitc”hell” Starc, he is known to even make the best batsmen in the sport struggle at times. He has everything an ideal pacer should be having- Pace, precision, stamina. His only major concern has been his proneness to injury and for that reason the 30- year old has missed a number of matches both the domestic and International level.
He was not part of the IPL as he decided to pull out of the league to concentrate on the T20 WC. He was in the latest series against England. The spearhead will be hoping he can continue that form going to this series.
Mitchell Starc has played 34 T20I for Australia and managed to pick up 45 wickets at an economy of 6.91. He is currently the second highest wicket taker for Australia in T20I and only three behind the leading wicket- taker Shane Watson. Will he be able to top the list?
4) Pat Cummins
The most expensive foreign player ever in the IPL- Pat Cummins has been brewing well with the time and now is one of the key players for the Australian Team. His combination with Mitchell Starc could turn out to be deadly as both have abundance of experience and the required skill set. The duo on song could mean a tough time for the Indians, Will they be able to stop the spirited Indians?
The 27- year old was not able to express his true potential in the recently concluded IPL as he was not up to his mark in the wickets column given his standard. Though the conditions are different now, the all- rounder will be playing in his backyard. Can we see the vintage Cummins?
Cummins has played 30 T20I for Team Australia and has managed to claim 37 wickets at an excellent economy of 6.94.
5) Steven Smith
Another former captain makes it to the list, this time it is the 31- year old Steven Smith. The star batsman had a mediocre season with the Rajasthan Royals and was always seen having a poor time with the bat on some occasions. This series could be the right time for him to turn things around in his favor and given his potential, It would be exciting to see how he handles things against the Indians.
Smith has represented Australia in 42 T20I, scoring 712 runs at a strike- rate of 131.12. He could be the key factor in the Australian middle- order. Can he live up to the expectations?
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