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Australia Cricket Team 15-Man Squad For T20 World Cup 2022

Here’s our detailed breakdown of Australia’s 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup in October, announced today.

Oct 21, 2022

Australia Cricket Team 15-Man Squad For T20 World Cup 2022
Australia Cricket Team 15-Man Squad For T20 World Cup 2022

Home team and defending champions Australia have announced a 15-man squad for their quest to secure back-to-back T20 World Cups in October.

Aaron Finch may have recently retired from ODIs, but the big hitting Australian is still key to his country this year as he leads the T20 World Cup team. Tim David adds extra firepower as the ex-Singaporean national earns a call up at the cost of Mitchell Swepson, while the rest of the team remains stable from the squad that defeated New Zealand to win the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Despite nursing an injury that has seen him ruled out of Australia’s upcoming series, Mitchell Marsh has been included in the World Cup squad, with the hopes that last year’s star will yet again be able to shine on the big stage.

Below we present a detailed analysis of the full Australian squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup, breaking down each selection by position.

Australia’s complete squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup this October

Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Ashton Agar, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.

Batsmen – Top Three Bring Power and Experience

With the exception of perhaps India, Australia has named a top three batting line up that is the envy of the cricketing world.

The three specialist batsmen Australia are taking to the T20 World Cup in October are as follows:

  • Aaron Finch (captain)
  • Steve Smith
  • David Warner

These names virtually all speak for themselves, with all three batsmen having captained Australia in the past and been around for well over a decade.

Aaron Finch will more than likely be playing in his last T20 World Cup, with the 35-year-old retiring from all other forms of international cricket recently. The 92-cap T20I batter has accrued 2855 runs at this level with an impressive strike rate of 145.29. Opening the batting, Finch has the ability to almost single-handedly win a match within the powerplay, as his high score of 172 in T20Is evidences.

Smith and Warner join Finch at the top, and bring equally as impressive stats to the table. Smith has 57 T20Is with 928 runs, dwarfed by his 8161 Test runs. However, at a strike rate of 125.75, Smith is the kind of batter who can play second-fiddle to a power hitter, while still rotating the strike and scoring at a healthy rate. Warner, on the other hand, is a carbon-copy of Aaron Finch, and will look to go big from the get go. With a record of 2684 runs across 91 T20Is at 140.89, as well as 5881 IPL runs at a similar strike rate, Warner is a devastating run scoring machine, that has every chance of leading Australia to a second consecutive World Cup trophy.

Overall stats for Australian Players in T20Is - Batsmen

Player Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Highest Score
Aaron Finch 92 2855 35.24 145.29 172
Steve Smith 57 928 26.51 125.74 90
David Warner 91 2684 33.55 140.89 100*

T20I stats for Australian players in Australia - Batsmen

Player Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Highest Score
Aaron Finch 35 927 31.96 138.15 74
Steve Smith 18 350 31.81 130.59 80*
David Warner 23 767 45.11 148.35 100*

All Rounders – Quality Options Bolstered by Tim David Call Up

Andrew Symonds will be smiling down on the Australian cricketing selectors, with five quality all-rounders named in the 2022 T20 World Cup squad.

With one bowling all-rounder and four batting all-rounders selected, here are Australia’s all-round options:

  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Ashton Agar
  • Tim David
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Cameron Green

Tim David is the only new face in this Australian side, with the 26-year-old getting called up to the national squad for the first time this month. However, the batting all-rounder has represented Singapore 11 times in T20Is, scoring 429 runs at a strike rate of 157.72 with a high score of 92. Recent years have seen David make a name for himself in the IPL, CPL and Big Bash T20 leagues, earning his spot in the national side as a power hitter who can contribute with a bit of right-arm medium pace too.

Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar present spin bowling options for Australia, with 83 T20I wickets between the two of them. Agar has an impressive T20I economy rate of 6.48 across his 46 matches, while he can swing a bat as well, adding 277 runs across his career. Maxwell, on the other hand, has 2017 runs at a strike rate of 153.38, earning him the nickname ‘The Big Show’. His batting contributions are versatile, with three T20I hundreds showing his ability to construct an innings batting up the order, but while he can also hit big coming in late in the death overs too.

Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh round out the multi-talented players in Australia’s side. Last year’s T20 World Cup final saw Marsh rise to the challenge and strike his highest score, with 77 off 50 leading his side to victory. The batting all-rounder will be hoping to recover from an ankle injury in time for a repeat this year. Stoinis is also known for standing up in the big moments, and with a strike rate of 140.69, is adept at hitting big when needed. Both can also contribute overs with the balls, sharing 28 international wickets between them.

Overall stats for Australian Players in T20Is - All-Rounders

Player Matches Runs Batting Average Strike Rate Wickets Economy
Glenn Maxwell 87 2017 30.56 153.38 36 7.47
Mitchell Marsh 38 869 30.89 125.31 15 7.76
Ashton Agar 46 277 12.04 101.46 47 6.48
Tim David 14 558 46.50 158.52 5 9.32
Cameron Green 7 136 19.42 174.35 5 9.16
Marcus Stoinis 44 612 27.81 140.68 13 8.25

T20I stats for Australian players in Australia - All-Rounders

Player Matches Runs Batting Average Strike Rate Wickets Economy
Glenn Maxwell 26 647 32.35 151.16 14 7.10
Mitchell Marsh 2 13 13.00 92.85 1 7.50
Ashton Agar 12 43 21.50 93.47 13 5.34
Tim David - - - - - -
Cameron Green 3 16 5.33 100 2 9.88
Marcus Stoinis 13 175 29.16 149.57 4 7.36

Wicketkeepers – Incumbent Wade

In what seems to be excellent transition planning for Australia, both a veteran and apprentice have been picked in the wicket-keeper batsman role.

This year’s T20I World Cup squad sees two men selected as wicketkeeping coverage:

  • Matthew Wade

Wade represents the incumbent wicketkeeping option with 63 T20I caps for Australia. The 34-year-old has over 1500+ runs for Australia in ODI and Test cricket, and 828 runs in this format of the game. His strike rate of 128.57 means Wade is an option to contribute at the back of an innings, play support to a top order batsman, or bat alongside the bowlers as well. This will likely be Wade’s last World Cup with Father Time knocking on the door, so the veteran will want to go out with one last contribution to his country.

Overall stats for Australian Players in T20Is - Wicket Keepers

Player Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Highest Score
Matthew Wade 63 828 23.00 128.57 80

T20I stats for Australian players in Australia - Wicket Keepers

Player Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Highest Score
Matthew Wade 17 349 49.85 149.14 80

Bowlers – World Class Fast Bowlers Hoping to Stay Fit

Australia is known for its proliferation of excellent fast bowlers, and they’ve named a bowling attack to support that reputation.

With four fast bowlers and a spinner selected for the 2022 T20 World Cup squad, alongside the bowling options of their four all-rounders, here’s what Australia’s bowling attack will look like:

  • Pat Cummins
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Kane Richardson
  • Adam Zampa

In an era dominated by big bats and small boundaries, Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc is a pace attack to strike fear through the heart of even the bravest T20 batsman. With 153 wickets between them, and all consistently bowling above 140 km/h at an economy of seven or so an over, Australia’s pace trio has the ability to decimate T20 sides and restrict batting teams to small totals for their side to chase. Provided that all three are able to stay healthy, they will play a huge role in Australia’s defense of the T20 World Cup this year.

With 42 wickets from 33 matches, Kane Richardson would usually be a premier fast bowling in any squad. However, he very much plays a supporting role here, unlikely to make the playing 11 unless one of Cummins, Hazlewood or Starc is rest or injured. Australia is lucky to have such a strong back up option on the bench.

Rounded out the bowling options is Adam Zampa, who comes into the side as the specialist spinner. An economy of 6.79 across 62 T20Is is Zampa’s big asset, with the ability to tighten up in the middle overs, following Australia’s fast bowling attack. However, the 30-year-old is also a genuine wicket taking option, with 71 scalps at an average of 21.23.

Overall stats for Australian Players in T20Is - Bowlers

Player Matches Wickets BBI Average Economy
Pat Cummins 39 44 3/15 22.77 7.05
Josh Hazlewood 30 46 4/12 18.02 7.22
Mitchell Starc 51 63 3/11 23.14 7.55
Kane Richardson 33 42 4/30 22.33 8.15
Adam Zampa 62 71 5/19 21.22 6.79

T20I stats for Australian players in Australia - Bowlers

Player Matches Wickets BBI Average Economy
Pat Cummins 13 14 2/23 21.92 6.26
Josh Hazlewood 7 13 4/12 16.61 7.71
Mitchell Starc 13 14 2/18 24.14 6.85
Kane Richardson 15 20 3/18 22.10 7.80
Adam Zampa 18 22 3/14 19.13 6.47

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