The presence of all-rounders like Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis make Australia better than other teams in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, Pat Cummins has said. While Maxwell bowled one over during Australia’s win by 7 wickets, Stoinis bowled three.
Both players conceded 51 runs from their four wicketless overs. “I think the flexibility that structure gives us is just huge,” Cummins said ahead of Saturday’s clash with Ashes rivals England.
Against Sri Lanka, Maxwell went for 16 runs in one over and was taken off the attack but Cummins said Australia, and quick Mitchell Starc, still benefited from his bowling.
“Maxi bowling one in the first six (overs) means Starcy can have an extra over through the middle. We saw he took a couple of wickets in the middle overs, that’s because we were able to have someone like Maxi ball early,” Cummins added.
“Stoinis still hasn’t bowled a lot but we know how much of an impact he can be with the ball, let alone having the option to now have that extra batter.
“I think we’re really well suited. We were covering a lot of areas with that fifth bowler. We’ve got Maxwell, Stoinis, (Mitchell) Marsh all who can contribute those four overs.”
Australia are chasing their maiden trophy in the global event. “I think the style of play is quite similar. We like to take the game on,” Cummins said of their opponents who also have won first two their Super 12 matches so far.
“They’ve been probably just about the form team in the last few years in white-ball cricket.
“(A) huge game. We know these guys really well. We know it’s such a big game in the context of making the semi-finals, and yeah, always enjoy coming up against England.”