Despite having produced so many great T20 players like Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Starc, Australia have enjoyed very little success at the T20 World Cup.

The best they have to show for their efforts was a place in the final in 2010, losing comprehensively to England. Bizarrely for a team packed with high-class T20 players, they’re only ranked seventh in the world right now.

The first thing that tells you is that they don’t perform particularly well as a unit. A team with the likes of Maxwell, Starc, and Marcus Stoinis should be way ahead of the likes of Bangladesh and probably South Africa. But they just haven’t been consistent enough.

The other thing that tells you is that the Australia World Cup odds of 9.00 aren’t particularly appealing.

There are other sides with more to their game, better past records at World Cups, and who have better plans on the pitch, so the Aussies make little appeal.

Australia World Cup odds

The current Australia World Cup odds stand at 9.00 with Betway. So, if you’re interested in Australia World Cup betting, you know what odds you can get on them to win what would be their first-ever title.

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Australia World Cup Betting: Players to watch

Glenn Maxwell – The ‘Big Show’ can blow hot and cold and there are times when he’s a frustrating batsman to watch. Too often he gets out playing one big shot too many when he could have just composed himself and played more sensible innings. But that’s missing the point. He’s an aggressive batsman who wants to win games by being positive and that’s just how he plays. Coming off the back of a brilliant season with RCB in the IPL, Maxwell is a genuine all-rounder. His off-spin can be very handy and he’s right up there with the best fielders in the world.

Mitchell Starc – Despite being Australia’s premium fast bowler for the best part of a decade, Starc has only played 41 T20IS for Australia. He’s also played very little IPL cricket and even less in the Big Bash. So, the conclusion is that he’s something of a reluctant T20 bowler. But Australia knows just how important he is to their cause. Not only is he a left-arm bowler, which makes it tricky for right-handers, but he’s rapid. Mitchell Starc was the top wicket taker at the last two ODI World Cups.

Pat Cummins If Starc is all raw pace and aggression, Cummins is cut from a different cloth. He’ll work out how to get batsmen out with variations of length and pace and outfox batsmen that way. If necessary, he’ll bowl Test match lengths knowing those are the ones that are hard to hit. He’s played a lot more in the UAE than Starc has, and that knowledge will help him. Will play an important part with the bat as well, coming in either at seven or eight.

Australia Squad & Schedule

Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Traveling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

Reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams.

Australia – Super12, Group 1

Matches

23 Oct – v South Afric

28 Oct – v A1

30 Oct – v England

4 Nov – v B2

6 Nov – v West Indies

Prediction for Australia at T20 World Cup 2021

So, what do we make of Australia World Cup odds of 9.00? We don’t like them one bit. In addition to a low ranking and a poor record at previous World Cups, there are plenty of other issues to deal with.

Skipper Aaron Finch has been out of form for ages now and is struggling to be fit. David Warner had a shocking time in the IPL this year. Steve Smith hardly got a game. Marcus Stoinis may not be fit either. And these are four players who were all likely to play when Australia pick what they think is their best XI.

There’s also a theory that their famed trio of fast bowlers in Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins aren’t as good in T20 as in other formats.

Plenty to think about but those are poor Australia World Cup odds, whichever way you look at it.

Australia’s history at Previous T20 World Cups

The closest they came to winning it was in 2010. Their win over Pakistan in the semi where Mike Hussey scored 60 off 24 will live long in the memory as one of T20’s biggest upsets after Pakistan had all but won the game. But they made a mess of the final, losing lots of early wickets and posting a sub-par score against England.

It was the only final they ever made.

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