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

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Australia have not won the World T20 title as of yet © Getty Images

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

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

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West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

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