Cricket great Mark Taylor believes Australia’s failure to make the T20 World Cup semi-finals should trigger a change of thought process to the way the batters go about their business.
Speaking on Wide World of Sports’ Outside the Rope, Taylor said he believed the four sides who made it to the semis did so on the back of more conventional batting, rather than the “audacious” shot making the shortest form has produced.
And he called out a notable swashbuckling Aussie batter as a main culprit.
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“Look at the sides that are … in the semi finals of the World Cup, they’re playing aggressive cricket, but they’re not necessarily playing audacious cricket,” he said.
“I’m not seeing switch hits, reverse hits from from the better players.
“Yes, we’re seeing a little bit of improvisation, yes I’m seeing the odd ramp … (but players are) still watching the ball, hitting the ball.”
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He questioned whether or not players like Glenn Maxwell had gone “a little bit too far” with their thinking”, which in turn makes the game “harder than it needs to be”.
“Glenn Maxwell is a fine striker of the ball, (but) he’s spending more time moving from the left handed to a right hander than he is just hitting the ball,” he said.
“Look at Alex Hales, how he bats, Suryakumar Yadav. Yes they move around. But they’re not changing grips. They’re not jumping around. You keep the head still, you do some initial movements, then you watch the ball and you play the ball where it is.”
But despite missing out on a semi finals berth in their home World Cup, Taylor said the Australian’s campaign was far from a disaster.
In Group 1, the top-three teams all won three, lost one, and had a game washed out. Only Australia’s heavy first-up loss to New Zealand kept them out of the semi’s.
But in Group 2, Pakistan managed to squeak through despite losing their first two matches against India and Zimbabwe. South Africa’s shock loss to the Netherlands and the Proteas’ wash out when poised to claim victory against Zimbabwe saw them progress.
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“It was a failure that we didn’t make the semis, but it’s T20 cricket – it really is an on-the-day game,” Taylor said.
“You’ve got to play really good cricket every day in this World Cup to to get through. So yes, we didn’t play up to expectations, but that doesn’t mean it was an absolute disaster either.
“Three wins, one loss and a washout is not a terrible campaign. It just wasn’t good enough.”
England batters Alex Hales and Jos Buttler destroyed India by 10 wickets in Adelaide on Thursday night to claim their spot in the final against Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday.
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