We are looking to end our T20 WC drought: Australia skipper Aaron Finch
Dubai/UNI: Australian Captain Aaron Finch believes his squad possesses the talent to finally end their T20 drought, who failed to reach the knockout stages in both 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups, Captain Aaron Finch believes his squad possesses the talent to finally end their T20 drought.
"It would be huge, obviously it is the one that has eluded us, we have been close a couple of times but we’ve also been quite a distance off in other times," he said at the pre-event captains’ media sessions.
Australia have been searching for their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title ever since they lost out to India in the semifinals of the first edition of T20 World Cup in 2007.
They reached the finals three years later but lost to England. "We are still very confident going into it. We have got a group here that has played a lot of T20, not a huge amount together, and guys are at different stages of their preparation.
"It comes down to getting it done on the day. Every team can win any game, we know that in T20 cricket, there are match-winners right across the board so we just have to turn up at the right time."
New Zealand, on the other hand, are also searching for their first title in the T20 format, having previously reached the semifinals in the 2007 inaugural tournament and again in 2016.
They are a tough team to beat as they are sailing high with their superb form in all major international series. They had only narrowly lost to England in the ICC Men's ODI World Cup finals in 2019 before claiming the inaugural ICC World Test Championship this year.
Captain Kane Williamson said, no team can be taken for granted as they are all capable of winning matches on a day.
"It is an amazing competition and it has obviously been a long time coming. There are match-winners throughout and anyone can beat anyone on the day," Williamson said.
"There are going to be a number of challenges along the way. It is a pretty short tournament so you want to hit the ground running, you want to try and get a bit of momentum early.
"But in these world events when you’re playing a different opposition every three days at a different venue there’s some adjustments to make quite quickly.
"Having a world event is always an exciting opportunity to showcase all the talent around the world and the T20 format naturally makes things exciting and ultra-competitive.
"The match-winners that are in every side that are involved in this tournament means that on any given day anything can happen. It is a fantastic event and one all teams are looking forward to."