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“If the pitches play very slow, they can be trapped” – Aakash Chopra on Australia’s weakness
By SMCS - Jun 8, 2024 9:50 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra added Australia can be trapped if they get to play on extremely slow pitches in the 2024 T20 World Cup as well. However, he admitted that Australia are a formidable unit as well. They will take on England in a Group B game in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday, June 8 as well. They also started their campaign with a 39-run win over Oman at the same venue three days ago.

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Australia t20 team

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “Only one thing seems to be a weakness. If the pitches play very slow, they can be trapped. The opposing captain in the last match also said the same thing, that they don’t have the technique for slow pitches. If the ball sticks a little on the pitch in Bridgetown, Barbados, or the later pitches, they might get slightly stuck. A big weakness other than that is not seen. If the ball is sticking, their own lack of spin – Ashton Agar and Maxi (Glenn Maxwell), they might not have spin of that quality.”

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While bowling all-rounder Ashton Agar is unlikely to be in the playing XI, Glenn Maxwell can bowl a few overs of spin. On the other hand, Aakash Chopra noted that Australia have a well-balanced side for the shortest format.

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Australia

“What is this team’s strength? It looks like a proper T20 squad. When you see Australia, you say everything is right. The fast bowling is looking good and you get two spin options in Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa. Maxi does a bit of spin bowling. Luxury of all-rounders is this team’s huge strength as they have Maxwell, (Marcus) Stoinis, Cameron Green and the captain Mitchell Marsh. The batting order is also such, from Travis Head to Tim David, if he plays, that if they want to flex their muscles a little, everyone has the ability to keep hitting and make it a laundry bay,” Aakash Chopra concluded.