No one is talking up Australia's chances; I have a few reasons why not.
- If they couldn't win it with Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, and Brad Hodge in 2007, it is highly unlikely that they will win it this time round.
- They're all about the Ashes. That's where there thoughts are and will be throughout the tournament.
- There's no Shaun Marsh.
- Their coach thinks they don't play enough Twenty20 Internationals and that his players regard 20-20 cricket as exhibition cricket.
Someone forgot to tell Tim Nielsen that his team has actually played more T20 internationals than any other team. (Refer to Table).
If Nielsen thinks that Australia doesn't take 20-20 seriously and that they don't play enough of it, then they can't be taken seriously. Can they?
- Andrew Symonds will make sure he tells every other squad member exactly what he thinks about them making it into the Ashes squad, and that will not be a pleasant sight.
- Ponting thinks his players will be tested at the world twenty20 - not the typical confident stuff from the Aussies.
- They're pooled in the Group of Death along with Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Any bets that the Aussies won't make it to the Super 8s?
For a change, Australia are not starting a World Cup as favorites.
A better change I believe. Even more, they're not starting it as the team that looks likely to win it.
Nevertheless, count them out at your own peril; I'm only speculating!