Australia do have a talented bunch of players to be able to make a turnaround © Getty Images
Australia do have a talented bunch of players to be able to make a turnaround © Getty Images

Australia is all set to visit South Africa for a brief 3-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series before entering the ICC World T20 2016. As far as Australia’s recent few performances are considered, the team has failed to make any prominent impact in the shortest format of cricket in spite of having a good run in Test cricket. The team comprises of many talented players but has, however, failed to be consistent in T20Is or One-Day Internationals (ODI). On the other hand, South Africa has been one side that has achieved a lot in the shorter versions in recent times.

Australia last played limited against cricket with New Zealand and India. Though the team won the 5-match ODI series against India 4-1, the victory was followed by a 3-0 T20I series defeat from the same opponents and a 2-1 ODI defeat at the hands of  New Zealand. The Australia side comprises of many talented cricketers. Looking at the current form of Aaron Finch, the former T20I skipper and opener, Usman Khawaja looks a better option to start ahead of Finch. Khawaja played exceptionally well in the Big Bash League (BBL) and carried that form to the ODI series against New Zealand, thus becoming an obvious choice to displace of Finch.

Australia has many options who can open with Khawaja, the first being David Warner. Warner is currently at the peak of his career. The player scored consistently in the past few series and is expected to do so in the series against South Africa as well as in the ICC World T20 2016. Shane Watson, after his comeback to the national side also put up a very good performance with his century in the third T20I against India, and can be tried depending upon the situations.

The No. 3 spot of the line-up is surely for their skipper Steven Smith. Smith is one of the most dependable batsmen for the side but his last significant performance came in the ODI series against India where he scored 149. The skipper failed to score up to the expectations in the following series but needs to get back in form to play key role with the bat for his team.

The middle-order of Australia has Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Neville and Watson in it. Marsh has also been good with the bat as he scored important runs coming out to bat at No. 6 during the New Zealand ODI series. What Australia need now is Maxwell’s consistency with the bat. The hard-hitting middle-order batsman delivered a match-winning performance scoring 96 in the third ODI against India but could not continue the form putting up meagre runs.

Talking about the bowling, the pace attack consists of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh. Marsh and Hazlewood remained quite successful in the New Zealand ODI series while Adam Zampa has also impressed everyone with his skills. Faulkner brings experience to the attack and Watson can also be tried for an over or two. Tye had a good BBL but could not do much with the ball while given a chance in the India series. Ashton Agar has been brought into the squad after a long time. Agar can score big if he settles down and his  left-arm spin is a big plus, which will help Australia in many ways.

The problem with the Australia team is with their inconsistency in the limited-overs format. The team has many raw talents, who can do well to help Australia win on foreign soil.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)