Spin to win: Aaron Finch expects spinners to shine at T20 World Cup. Australia’s skipper, Aaron Finch, believes spin will be crucial in determining the champion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year.
Adam Zampa, an experienced leg-spinner, was instrumental in helping Australia win the T20 World Cup in Dubai last year. He finished the tournament with 13 wickets, enough for second-most.
Finch has hinted that spin will be just as crucial as bounce and movement off the pitch at this year’s tournament in Australia, which is notable because some Australian wickets are more well-known for their bounce and movement off the pitch.
Best of spin
Good spinners throughout the world will be vital at this year’s edition of the 20-over showcase, Finch said at the launch of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour in Melbourne on Friday.
Finch made these remarks as part of the festivities commemorating the passing of the 100-day mark till the start of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, in Australia.
“I expect spin to be particularly important in the middle overs because of the difficulty of hitting the ball to the boundary in this environment.”
The importance of wickets in the middle overs cannot be overstated.
“If you’re two down in the final five overs, it doesn’t matter who’s bowling, according to all the metrics. If you have the greatest bowler ever, they will still get hurt.”
Australia’s seamer Josh Hazlewood, currently ranked first in the ICC T20 Bowler rankings, is reliable in slowing down the scoring rate in the latter stages of an innings.
After going more than four years without playing any T20 cricket for Australia, Hazlewood has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis in recent years, dominating the shorter format of the game.
While Hazlewood’s climb to the top of the T20 seam bowling rankings has startled many, Finch says he is not astonished by it.
Finch remarked, “He’s always got the skill.”
Since he had been concentrating solely on Test cricket for so long, he never received a dedicated block of time in which to hone his skills in Twenty20.
“I think he earned that while playing all 14 games for Chennai (Super Kings) plus a couple of finals in the IPL leading up to the last World Cup,” the commentator said (also helped).
“He has a lot of expertise, so it’s not surprising that he can learn new things rapidly.”
“It’s astounding, but not surprising, how reliable and effective he is no matter the circumstances.”
Finch has hinted that Australia will employ much of the same strategies that led to their success at last year’s event, with the veteran right-hander poised to maintain his long-standing relationship with David Warner at the top of the order.
The Australian captain has hinted that his squad will use the numerous warm-up games to try out some new strategies, including giving star all-rounder Tim David his first T20 cap.
David, 26, was born in Singapore, but he is not expected to play for his natal nation in the forthcoming T20 World Cup Qualifier B. Instead, he may be invited to join Australia’s squad for their upcoming tour of India in September.
There will be a day when Tim can make his debut, Finch assured us.
In other words, he is a great asset. Many T20 teams could use a player with his combination of batting strength, bowling ability, and fielding prowess.
“In light of the sheer volume of cricket that will be played in the three months before the World Cup begins, I predict that there will be openings in that area.”