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GameDay Squad Fantasy Cricket Squad Preview: Australia

ODI World Cup winning squad Australia keep their winning formula together for the most part ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup as they are set to unleash superstars all across the board! Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc and Mitch Marsh will all gear up to tear up the T20 World Cup! Get the inside scoop on Australia's Cricket Squad for the upcoming GameDay Squad Fantasy Cricket competition with an in-depth analysis and preview. Find out who to watch out for!


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Squad

Average is based on all T20 Internationals in the last 12 months.


Pat Cummins - Bowler - 42.0 GDS fantasy average

Josh Inglis - Wicket-Keeper - 31 .0 GDS fantasy average

Cameron Green - All-Rounder - 0.0 GDS fantasy average

Josh Hazlewood - Bowler - 33.5 GDS fantasy average

Mitchell Marsh - All-Rounder - 65.8 GDS fantasy average

Glenn Maxwell - All-Rounder - 57.8 GDS fantasy average

Marcus Stoinis - All-Rounder - 63.1 GDS fantasy average

Adam Zampa - Bowler - 34.5 GDS fantasy average

Mitchell Starc - Bowler - 28.0 GDS fantasy average

Travis Head - Batsman - 47.0 GDS fantasy average

David Warner - Batsman - 60.0 GDS fantasy average

Ashton Agar - All-Rounder - 0.0 GDS fantasy average

Tim David - Batsman - 32.5 GDS fantasy average

Nathan Ellis - Bowler - 33.4 GDS fantasy average

Matthew Wade - Wicket-Keeper - 24.5 GDS fantasy average


Batters


Three players with the ability to win the game off their own bat head to the T20 World Cup for Australia. Most will be aware of how damaging both David Warner and Travis Head can be on their day, and lesser now Tim David could well prove to be an option!


David Warner - Batsman

Travis Head - Batsman

Tim David - Batsman


Does David Warner go off with a bang? This will be his last tournament in Green and Gold before he transitions to full-time franchise cricket. Warner has achieved everything on the international stage, and with this being his final appearance, he’ll undoubtedly want to leave on a high note. It's worth mentioning that he's been dealing with bone bruising in his left hand, which may have contributed to his poor form in this year's IPL season. However, if he's fit and ready, I'm not brave enough to leave him out of my GameDay Squad, and I suggest he be one of your first picks as well!


Travis Head is another batsman who will be almost impossible to leave out of your GameDay Squad. The 30-year-old opener is coming off an incredible IPL season, leading the way with the bat for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and finishing 4th league-wide in total runs with 567. Head's T20I average of 29.81 runs per innings stacks up well at the top of the order, and he'll once again be a force to be reckoned with in the 2024 T20 World Cup!


Bowlers


Is there really much left to be said about this bowling attack? Particularly the big three—Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood—who have been crucial to Australia's success across all three formats of cricket in recent times. They form the best bowling attack in the world, and while I expect Nathan Ellis to get his chance, you can't go wrong with starting any of the Aussie bowlers!


Pat Cummins - Bowler

Mitchell Starc - Bowler

Josh Hazelwood - Bowler

Nathan Ellis - Bowler

Adam Zampa - Bowler


Pat Cummins will be a very popular pick and for good reason! He lead the Sunrisers Hyderabad to the final in this years IPL while also taking 18 wickets in the season, finishing 9th overall. But it wasn't just about what he did with the ball, on three occasions Cummins put up score of 30+ runs with the bat! With Cummins' ability with ball in hand and with him able to chip in with the bat on a semi-consistent basis, it really does open up a conversation for Cummins being a bonafide must-start in this World Cup! He potentially goes slightly under the radar amongst this bowling attack because of how dominant the big three are but what Adam Zampa is able to do in the short-formats is nothing short of incredible! We only need to think back to the 2023 ODI World Cup where Zampa claimed the most wickets for Australia and finished 2nd in the tournament for wickets taken! He's a star and like the entire Aussie bowling attack, deserves consideration come selection time!


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All-rounders


This is where it gets extremely tricky! Is it possible to play all four of Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green and Marcus Stoinis provided they all play in the starting XI? I mean... you could make a case and truthfully, if any of the above four played in any other team, they'd all be must-starts. Nevertheless, it's difficult to suggest starting four players from the same position and from the same team, it is safe to say we are spoilt for choice!


Mitchell Marsh - All-Rounder

Glenn Maxwell - All-Rounder

Cameron Green - All-Rounder

Marcus Stoins - All-Rounder

Ashton Agar - All-Rounder


Alan Border medalist and Captain Mitch Marsh is set to light up the 2024 T20 World Cup! While he is battling a bit of a hamstring complaint that limited his participation in the IPL this season, he's had plenty of time to rehab and looks almost set to fire! Marsh owns a stunning T20I batting average of 34.09 runs per innings while also claiming 17 wickets along the way. If he escapes any major problems from his hamstring and he's able to bowl while batting at his usual 3rd position in the batting order, Marsh could make a case for most valuable player in the tournament!


Glenn Maxwell has done it tough in recent times, his 2024 IPL season was not what he had hoped! Averaging on 5.78 runs per innings through the season which is obviously no where near what we would expect from the great man. It's easy to forget his 2023 ODI World Cup heroics where he averaged a whopping 66.66 runs per innings including one of the greatest innings of all time against Afghanistan where he scored 201* off just 128 balls! Maybe Maxwell isn't a player you start straight away and you just wait and see what form he's brining to the World Cup... but he's definitely a player you will want a player card of, ready to deploy!


Wicket Keeper


Two Wicket-Keepers with WK designation going into the World Cup for Australia. Namely, Josh Inglis and Matthew Wade. Both very experienced campaigners who offer vastly different skill sets, expect both Inglis and Wade to play a role in this World Cup.


Josh Inglis - Wicket-Keeper

Matthew Wade - Wicket-Keeper


Of the two, I expect Inglis to play more of a role than Wade (Although I expect Wade to get his chance at some point). Inglis has been a mainstay in the short-formats for Australia for some time now and has taken his game to another level off the back of consistent stellar performances for the Perth Scorchers. On the international stage Inglis averages 26.11 runs per innings in T20I through 21 matches so far in his career. It's not certain where he will bat in the batting order, it's hard to suggest starting him if he's coming in at 6 or 7, given that there are so many wicket-keepers are batting in the top three, however, if Inglis does bat up the order, he automatically becomes a start-able option!


Predicted Starting XI


  1. David Warner

  2. Travis Head

  3. Mitch Marsh

  4. Cameron Green

  5. Glenn Maxwell

  6. Marcus Stoinis

  7. Josh Inglis

  8. Patrick Cummins

  9. Mitchell Starc

  10. Josh Hazelwood

  11. Adam Zampa


 

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