T20 World Cup: Glenn Maxwell wants Australia to repeat last year’s Super 12 final Cricket News


MELBOURNE: Australia’s Super 12 position at the T20 World Cup is similar to that of last year’s victorious campaign, said all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, predicting his side will once again reach the semi-finals with comfortable wins in their last two matches.
Aaron Finch’s men beat Bangladesh and West Indies in their last two group matches to reach last year’s semi-finals and went on to win their first T20 World title in the United Arab Emirates.
They are part of a four-team attack in Group 1 on three points, after defeat to New Zealand, and had to share points with England after Friday’s match in Melbourne was washed out.
“We have Ireland and Afghanistan. If we can do our job during those two games and try to win them comfortably,” Maxwell told reporters on Saturday about their knockout chances.
“It’s pretty similar to where we were last year when we were waiting for the last few games to see … if we were going to make the top two.”
The all-rounder described the competition as “brutal” and showed how quickly batsmen like his teammate Marcus Stoinis and New Zealand’s Finn Allen turned a game on its head.
“We just have to make sure that we can stop the opposition from having that effect and then for our own players we try to have that effect on the game.”
Australia face Ireland on Monday before concluding their Super 12 campaign against Afghanistan on November 4.
Net run rate is likely to determine the top two teams of the group, but Maxwell said the immediate target will be to win the remaining matches without getting bogged down by the numbers.
“When you go into the game and think about the net run rate, it can make it really difficult.
“If we look back at the West Indies and Bangladesh matches last year … before the match there was no talk of net run rate.
“Once we get into a really strong position … then the conversation can start about ‘OK, let’s try to do this really quickly’.”
The wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who along with the spinner Adam Zampa contracted COVID-19, tested negative on Saturday.


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