World T20 Team Review: Australia

Our team reviews of the 2016 World T20 turns to Australia, a highly disappointing tournament for them as they fail to surpass the Group Stage.

World T20 Team Review: Australia
Australia celebrates during their group match against New Zealand | Photo: Cricket Australia

As part of our series of team reviews following the 2016 ICC World T20, we now look towards Australia. Despite an impressive victory against Pakistan, they couldn't snatch a semi-final spot away from India.


In comparison to others, Australia had a relatively short tournament. They played just four matches before being knocked out at the group stages by the host nation.

Steve Smith's men began the competition in Group 2, along with local rivals New Zealand as well as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh They secured just two wins from four.

The Baggy Greens began their competition with a defeat against their local rivals New Zealand. Despite an impressive start, Australia managed to restrict New Zealand to just 142 from their 20 overs. However, though they kept up with the required run-rate for the majority of the chase, regular wickets ensured Australia were never truly in control of the match and fell short of their target.

After this early setback, they moved onto to face Bangladesh. Even though the match ended as a victory for Australia, the Tigers certainly made life difficult for the Aussies as they forced them to within 3 wickets of an embarrassing defeat.

For their third match, they put on a much better display against Pakistan. Australia were impressive as they raced to 193. It was always going to be too big a total for Pakistan to chase, meaning Australia ran out as comfortable winners.

It was then always going to be a struggle to defeat India on home soil and although it was close, a spectacular Virat Kohli ended Australia's tournament early as India won to take the semi-final spot.


Highs and lows

It was hardly a tournament full of highs for Australia, but with impressive performances against Pakistan and India, at least the Australians can come away with some confidence that they can still challenge the big names in the T20 arena.

The lows for Australia were clear. Losing against the two biggest teams in the group was always going to make qualification for the semis unlikely.  Coupled with an embarrassing performance against Bangladesh, the Australian fans will feel very underwhelmed with their team's performance.

Star man

There were a couple of candidates for star man, with both James Faulkner and Shane Watson shining with the ball. However, it was Usman Khawaja's consistency with the bat that stole the show. The opening batsman continued his previous good form in other formats of the game as he averaged 35.75 with an impressive 137.50 strike rate.

The highlight of his tournament being a highly impressive half-century against Bangladesh. His 58 from 45 deliveries guided his team through an uncomfortable spell of bowling and lead his side to a 3 wicket victory.

What next?

For Australia, they now have a month to rest and assess what went wrong in India, before they head out to the West Indies for an ODI Tri-Series alongside South Africa and World T20 champions, the West Indies

With Shane Watson retiring, Australia won't just have to reassess their T20 playing style, but also have to do it without one of their most reliable players.

In a sentence?

A campaign that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons; a highly disappointing tournament for the Australians.