Former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath has stated that the national side should take cues from England in white-ball cricket. He feels Australia must play fearlessly and not be fearful of losing as well. However, Australia faced a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign on home soil where they were knocked out from the group stages mainly because of a 89-run loss to New Zealand in their first game.
Speaking to AAP in an interview, he said, “The Australian team always played fearless cricket. I wonder now if they are playing with more fear of losing. You just have to go out and back yourselves. That is the brand of cricket England are playing at the moment. When you play that brand of cricket things tend to go your way more.”
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The veteran continued, “I always say, if you can get players to go out there and play without fear, it’s amazing what you can achieve. You still have to play intelligent cricket. Don’t go out and throw caution to the wind with shots that aren’t there. It’s about getting that balance right, and that is where the Aussies need to get back to.”
However, England’s white-ball revolution started after the 2015 World Cup down under when they were eliminated in the group stage as well but after four years, they lifted their first 50-over World Cup under Eoin Morgan, while Jos Buttler became the second T20 World Cup winning captain for England as well.
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“I would have to disagree with (England being the best). There have been some quality and amazing teams over the years. I would like to say we could give them a decent run for their money, if not better than that. But they’re pretty handy this English unit, as much as it pains to me to say,” Glenn McGrath concluded.