Cricket Australia will launch a review into its failed World Twenty20 campaign but former Test vice-captain Brad Haddin does not believe the country needs to change its approach to the game’s shortest format.
Australia, the world’s No.1 Test and one-day nation, failed to progress from the group stage for the second time in a row despite boasting some of the best Twenty20 players in the world.
While CA’s goal is for Australia to be No.1 in all three forms of the game, the interests of the national Twenty20 side have tended to be placed behind the Test and ODIs teams, which are considered more important.
Australia are sixth in the ICC’s T20 rankings and have never won the World T20, their best effort being runners-up in 2012.
The team that bowed out early in India contained some of the most sought-after players in the Indian Premier League in David Warner, Shane Watson and James Faulkner, while Aaron Finch is No.2 in the ICC’s batting charts.
Retired all-rounder Watson said earlier this year the T20 side suffered from a lack of continuity but understood the need to rest star players.
But with Australia to host the next World T20, in 2020, the pressure will be on for an improved showing on home soil.
Haddin does not see the need to schedule extra T20 internationals. Australia played only one T20 last year but were given two three-match series leading into the recent event in India.
The importance of lead-up matches could be overstated judging by results from this year’s World T20. Finalists West Indies and England played the fewest matches of all Test nations since the previous World T20 in Bangladesh. The Windies had not played a T20 since November while New Zealand, beaten in the semis, chose a training camp in Dubai instead of extra games.
“I think we’ve got it right,” Haddin said of Australia’s priorities.
“Look at how successful the Big Bash has been. We’re doing some really good things in T20, we’ve got some of the best T20 players in the IPL.
“At the moment we haven’t quite clicked in tournaments, it’s a bit of a balancing act ot make sure we do prioritise Test cricket and cherish every moment of that.”
CA’s head of cricket Pat Howard said the national T20 team needed to improve for Australia to achieve their goal of being No.1 in all forms.
“Players are currently playing a lot of world class T20 cricket in domestic competitions around the world,” Howard said.
“We will review all aspects of our preparation and performance because we genuinely believed we had a team that could win.
“The World T20 in Australia in four years’ time will be in different conditions and we also know that the tactics of the game will evolve, but our preparation for that tournament will be progressed over the next two years, as it was for the World Cup in 2015.”
Unlike Australia, the West Indies’ team consisted largely of T20 freelancers who do not make themselves available for other formats.
“We still find playing for Australia is the No.1 honour,” Haddin said. “I don’t think that should change.”
Off the field, Haddin has teamed with MILO to launch the MILO Champions Band, which syncs to an app and allows parents to check on the level activity of their children.
“It’s a good fun way to keep track of kids to make sure they’re exercising enough,” Haddin said.