It's shaping up to be a fantastic year of cricket. As always, the T20 World Cup will return, taking place in Australia from mid-October until mid-November. If last year is anything to go by, it'll be another cracking edition of the tournament. So what should we expect? In this article, we'll take a look at India and Australia's potential for dominance, but also outline why backing England with a free bet offer might just be worth your while.
India and Australia
No one, including India themselves, would say that they've been basking in glory in recent T20 World Cup fixtures. Last year, they were obliterated by Pakistan in their first game and then promptly got beat by New Zealand. In other words: it was a year to forget. India will feel much more confident going into this year's tournament, however, especially since Rohit Sharma, the side's new captain, has brought a much-needed maturity to proceedings.
But if they're going to have success, then India will need to overcome last year's winners Australia, who don't look any weaker than in 2021. In fact, Australia have another advantage going into the match — the tournament will be held on their home turf. You can expect India and Australia will both bring their best, and with both sides hitting form at the right time, it'll be difficult to predict who will come out on top.
England on the Rise?
There are other teams besides Australia and India at the ICC T20 World Cup, of course, one being England. The Brits haven't hit their full potential recently, losing in last year's semi-final to New Zealand, a defeat that was a little surprising. This year, they're very much considered to be outsiders, but that'll suit England just fine.
With the pressure on Australia and India, England might just build some momentum with those big hitters and excellent bowlers and end up ruffling some feathers. They're an outside bet, but not one to be discounted.
And Don't Discount Pakistan
Pakistan had a terrific 2021 T20 campaign. Indeed, they started exceptionally well, winning five consecutive games. The semi-final defeat to Australia will have stung, especially since, for a moment, it looked like they could win. Today, they've got a team of players who are playing at the top of their game. If Babar Azam and his disciplined batters and ferocious bowlers can hit their full potential, then they might also cause an upset and head home with the trophy.
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