With England’s nervy win over Sri Lanka on Saturday, Australia’s T20 World Cup title defence is over.
Australia hasn’t made it out of Group 1 on home soil, bowing out by virtue of its poor net run rate.
So who can hold their head up high, and whose reputation has taken a knock in the failed campaign?
Here’s how all 15 Australians fared at the T20 World Cup.
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AARON FINCH — 5
107 runs at 53.50, SR 110.30, HS 63
The numbers make for pretty reading but they are somewhat flattering given Finch still wasn’t at his best. He was better than many had feared he would be given his form coming into the tournament, but he still struggled to time the ball well and find the right tempo to his innings. His unbeaten 31 against Sri Lanka boosted his average, but it was an ugly innings that saw him get awfully lucky on several occasions. His 63 against Ireland showed better signs of promise but his campaign ended early with a hamstring injury. As always, it was hard to fault his captaincy on the field. His impact as a leader was laid bare when he came off mid-innings against Ireland, and Australia’s edge rapidly faded away.
DAVID WARNER — 2
44 runs at 11.00, SR 107.31, HS 25
A curious tournament for Warner who never hit his stride. He was brutally unlucky against New Zealand, while his dismissal against Sri Lanka still didn’t ring any alarm bells — he didn’t necessarily look like a player out of form. And then, surprisingly, he missed out altogether as his campaign trended south. It was a limp dismissal against Ireland with Warner looking a little uncertain alongside Finch. He then strangely opted for a switch-hit against Afghanistan and was bowled through the gate.
MITCH MARSH — 4.5
106 runs at 26.50, SR 130.86, HS 45
0-14, economy 14.00
A middling tournament for Marsh who wasn’t ever poor, but wasn’t great either. He went past 15 in all four of his innings but never truly kicked on like he did in last year’s World Cup final. His best was saved for last when he started strongly against Afghanistan, but his 45 off 30 felt like a job half done in the end. Like the rest of the Aussies, just craved that fluidity with the bat that never came. Only bowled the one over for the tournament.
GLENN MAXWELL — 7
118 runs at 39.33, SR 161.64, HS 54*
Three wickets at 6.33, economy 6.00, BBI 2-14
Maxwell was one of Australia’s better performers with the bat, striking above 160 while he made more than 20 runs in three of his four innings. These weren’t game-changing performances for the most part with the exception of his final knock against Afghanistan. Maxwell hit 54 off 32 balls coming in at No.6 with his runs ultimately proving vital in getting the win after Rashid Khan’s late heroics. Bowled surprisingly very little, but he was brilliant when he did, conceding just a run-a-ball while taking three wickets in just over three overs.
MARCUS STOINIS — 7.5
126 runs at 42.00, SR 161.53, HS 59*
One wicket at 87.00, economy 9.66, BBI 1-6
Let’s start with that Sri Lanka performance. Undoubtedly the standout performance for Australia at the entire tournament with daylight in second. Stoinis got Australia out of a spot of bother with a stunning 17-ball half-century that featured six sixes and four fours. It was breathtaking. Outside of that, there were reliable contributions against Ireland and Afghanistan, capping off what was a strong overall performance with the bat from Stoinis. Australia’s best batter of the tournament. He also bowed nine overs although he was one of Australia’s most expensive quicks.
TIM DAVID — 2
26 runs at 26.00, SR 144.44, HS 15*
After so much hype, this wasn’t worth the wait. Not because David was poor, but because he only got to bat twice and faced 18 balls. He missed out against New Zealand, just like everyone else, then didn’t bat against Sri Lanka. David’s 15 not out off 10 balls against Ireland ultimately ended his tournament with the batter injuring his hamstring. Can’t earn many points given he simply didn’t have any impact.
MATTHEW WADE — 3
15 runs at 7.50, SR 100.00, HS 7*
Wade faced even fewer balls than David with only 15 deliveries sent his way. He did, however, have opportunities against New Zealand and Afghanistan but was out cheaply. His finisher credentials have at least taken a small hit as a result. No complaints with the gloves all tournament after a tidy display.
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PAT CUMMINS — 3
Three wickets at 44.00, economy 8.25, BBI 2-28
A disappointing tournament from the ODI and Test captain. Cummins came under pressure as the tournament progressed with the right-armer struggling to make an impact. It was a surprising call to see Mitchell Starc miss out against Afghanistan when Cummins giving way might’ve made more sense. Nonetheless, his economy of 8.25 runs an over was in-line with Starc and Josh Hazlewood — although his strike rate (32.0) was well behind.
MITCHELL STARC — 3.5
Three wickets at 34.00, economy 8.50, BBI 2-43
Starc was a bit hit-and-miss this World Cup, in which he only got to bowl three times. He was taken to task early against New Zealand which set the tone for the Australian campaign. Starc bounced back strong against Sri Lanka with 1-23, while he looked like he meant business against Ireland with 2-1 from his first over. It just looked like he was going to take Australia to a massive net-run-rate-boosting win. But the rest of his night was awfully costly with his final three overs going for 41 runs. That lack of economy is what saw him make way against Afghanistan, but Starc was still one of Australia’s best wicket-taking threats.
ADAM ZAMPA — 7
Five wickets at 16.00, economy 6.66, BBI 2-19
No surprises here: Zampa was a standout with the ball. After the England washout and a positive Covid test, he only got to bowl the three times. He was on the money against Ireland and Afghanistan with outstanding figures of 2-19 and 2-22. It should be said, however, that he was guilty of bowling a bit full to New Zealand as Australia’s World Cup got off to a poor start. His five wickets made him joint top wicket-taker for Australia despite playing one less match.
JOSH HAZLEWOOD — 6
Five wickets at 24.80, economy 8.26, BBI 2-33
Australia’s most damaging quick once again went to Josh Hazlewood, whose extra bounce made him a key threat. Was given the new ball for the tournament but didn’t really blow anyone away upfront. Like his teammates, he was hit for more than 10 runs-an-over in a tough start to the tournament against the Kiwis. He was tidy throughout the rest, however, with figures of 1-26, 0-24 and 2-33.
ASHTON AGAR — 2.5
One wicket at 25.00, economy 6.25, BBI 1-25
Played just the one match when Zampa missed out against Sri Lanka with Covid. Unsurprisingly, Agar was tidy and chipped in with a wicket. His opportunities are limited these days but the left-arm tweaker rarely turns in a poor display for Australia. Unfortunately can’t score many points given he played just the one game.
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CAMERON GREEN — 1.5
Three runs, SR 150.00
0-13, economy 6.50
Replaced Finch against Afghanistan but was out after just two balls. T20 cricket’s a cruel game. Kept it tight for two overs.
STEVE SMITH — 1.5
Four runs, SR 100.00
Smith came in for David but didn’t last much longer than Green, staying for only four balls. He was trapped in front and took a review with him. Took two catches in the field against Ireland as a substitute, earning him an extra point.
KANE RICHARDSON — 1
1-48, economy 12.00
Controversially came in for Mitchell Starc against Afghanistan and it didn’t work out. Richardson couldn’t provide the same edge while he wasn’t economical either, going for 12 runs-an-over.