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ICC World T20 2014: Darren Lehmann calls former stars to help team with tactical advice

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Sydney: Mar 16, 2014

Australia has finally started to get serious in its bid to win their first-ever World Twenty20 title even as the tournament prepares to start off with a bang with hosts Bangladesh taking on Afghanistan in the first game in Dhaka on Sunday, according to a report.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has reportedly called on former Australian stars like Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds to help the Twenty20 squad with skills and 20-over tactical advice to help the team win their elusive first T20 title.

According to News.com.au, the selectors have also started picking teams custom-made for T20 cricket, even if they contain ‘golden oldies’ like Brad Hogg (43), Brad Hodge (39) along with promising youngsters like James Muirhead (20) and all-rounder James Faulkner (23).

Although the football season is in full swing in Australia, but sports lovers here will take more than a passing interest in the World T20 after the exciting pyrotechnics of the summer’s Big Bash League competition.

The report mentioned that it should be no surprise the ICC World Twenty20 is nowhere to be seen in the trophy cabinet at Cricket Australia‘s (CA) Melbourne headquarters as Australia was years behind the rest of the world in embracing the 20-over game, refusing to take it seriously as it believed the game was a ‘fly-by-night’ fad.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

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Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

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