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Questions for Australia: how many versatile is too many in an ODI XI?


With the ODI World Cup taking place in India during October and November, the next three matches are a valuable opportunity for Australia to work on some plans and tactics. They have more games, against South Africa at the end of August, before they have to name a team, but this series will give them a good handle on the conditions. Here are some issues that need to be determined before the tournament.

How many SUVs?

Last year Australia experimented with a deep batting order that sometimes had cameron green either Glenn Maxwell enters the no. #8. Maxwell has put together an excellent run at #8. the order, especially the winner of the 89 match was not against New Zealand. It’s a combination that could be on display again in India while the selectors determine whether it will be worth wearing at the World Cup. mitchell swamp (who will not bowl in this series), marcus stoinis they also fall into the all-round hitting category while Sean Abbott and agar ashton they are bowlers. The theory of a deep batting order is that if games are dominated by the bat, the impact of extra hitting will exceed what a specialist pitcher would bring and provide the power to set up or defend a target.

Does Marnus Labuschagne fit?

Australia’s top three will be David Warner, Travis Head and Steven Smith, but after that, there could be room for shuffling, depending on how many players from around the world play. marnus labuschagne he made his ODI debut in India earlier in 2020 and got off to a promising start with a century and two fifty in his first six innings. Overall, he is now averaging 32.16 with a strike rate of 84.54 and the question has been raised as to whether to have him and Smith at No. #3 and 4 is the best option. The value of having two Test batsmen in those roles was shown against New Zealand in Cairns last September when the ball was running fast for Trent Boult and Tim Southee. They added 116 to set up Australia’s victory. However, it is unlikely that the ball will move much in the World Cup. Labuschagne’s bowling has also faded.

Is there room for Josh Inglis?

Alex Carey he is the starting ODI wicketkeeper and has a good record in the format. Against New Zealand last year, he and Green added 158 for the sixth wicket to transform a chase from the depths of 44 for 5. However, jose english — a dynamic and versatile hitter solid with the gloves — is close on Carey’s heels. In the recent Marsh Cup final, he scored 138 of 110 balls and his overall List A shooting ratio is an impressive 112.97. There is a strong possibility that he will play a utility role in the World Cup squad, providing both batting and wicket-keeping cover, but it can be argued that he is worthy of a place in the starting XI.

Can Maxwell be the second spinner?

Maxwell is still on the road to recovering from the badly broken leg he sustained in November, but is expected to be able to play a reasonably significant role with the ball. He is likely to have a vital role to play at the World Cup. In 2019 and 2020, he went 13 matches without taking an ODI wicket, but has built on his influence significantly in recent years. He went 4 for 52 against New Zealand in Cairns in September and sent his full complement of 10 overs in four matches last year. Agar is the other frontline spinner in the team, but his ODI record is less impressive than his T20I returns.

Opportunity for Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis

Both Abbott and Ellis can be considered unfortunate not to have played more for Australia. with none Josh Hazlewood either pat cummins available against India, there could be a chance for one, if not both. Although they are not equal players (Abbott offers more with the bat), they may be fighting for a World Cup spot. Abbott excelled against New Zealand last year, sending off a remarkable 5-4-2-1 run in the second game. Meanwhile, Ellis, who replaced Jhye Richardson in this squad, had an excellent start to his T20I career and had a strong case to be the T20 World Cup squad.

Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood: two out of three?

Relative to fast bowlers (and again the all-round debate), it seems difficult for Australia’s Big Three to play in the same XI. It will not be resolved in this series with two of them not available, but the balance of the side could give an idea. Cummins has been appointed to the World Cup captaincy and Mitchell Starc is a great white ball player. That leaves Josh Hazlewood, who is also a noted limited bowler, facing being dropped from the XI. It’s also interesting to ponder whether there’s a scenario where, even as captain, Cummins doesn’t play every World Cup game.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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