Australia’s resurgence in the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) has been a positive factor after having gaining momentum that was lost in the ODI series loss against England.
The seventh placed team in the ICC T20I Rankings, have found a new fervour in their unit with a couple of tweaks in positioning and the results have come by. This in turn will please coach Darren Lehmann and assistant Ricky Ponting in working their way out to get Australia to where they belong. The Aussies have seen a surge in the rankings to be placed at No. 3 after three successive victories.
In the ongoing T20I Tri- Nation Series, the David Warner-led side have won all three matches so far against England and New Zealand in a commanding fashion. This in turn have helped the hosts to book a berth in the final after a convincing victory against England on Sunday.
Australia in the ongoing T20I series:
- Beat New Zealand by 7 wickets
- Beat England by 5 wickets
- Beat England by 7 wickets
Ponting has been influential in getting the players up and helping them reach heights which they are capable of. The honesty and knowledge he shares with the players has given the team a lift and that has benefitted the likes of Glenn Maxwell & Co. Despite several regular stars being rested, the incoming players have been given a license to express themselves and credit to Ponting for stirring them up.
Big Show Maxwell: Glenn Maxwell has come out of his shadow and taken his impetus in the side to a new level. The star batsman, who hasn’t been given much of a go in the recent Tests and ODIs, has been the key factor for Australia’s renaissance. The big-hitter has now somewhat made the No. 4 position his own and he will hope to bank on consistency to be a regular in the side.
Maxi has been stupendous with the bat with 182 runs already in three games that includes a ton. He has been well supported also by Chris Lynn. Maxi’s heroics has received words of praise from coach Darren Lehmann. According to the Herald Sun, Lehmann said that they have got the rewards after wanting the all-rounder to fire in the biggest stage.
“He’s finished games off for us and won us games, and that’s what we’ve been asking for and he’s delivered on the big stage for us, it’s been excellent the way he’s gone about it,” Lehmann said.
Maxwell: Matches 3, Runs 182, Best 103*, Average 182.00, Wickets 3
WATCH: Maxwell brings up his 100 with a six against England
HOW GOOD WAS THAT?! 💯
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Bowlers have been in top form: The bowling has been a plus with the BBL stars banking on their form and transforming that into the internationals. Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar have shown that with commendable outings. Moreover Andre Tye has been phenomenal and has transformed his form of the ODIs into the T20Is as well.
Tye has been Australia’s most successful bowler and has been well backed by the pace duo of Richardson and Stanlake.
Tye: Matches: 3, Wickets 6, Best 4/23, Economy 6.66
After fears were heightened following their ODI thrashing against England, Australia have rebounded and pulled up the strings quickly to ensure that they can finish the summer at home with a lot of zeal.