Barely a year on from the last edition of the competition, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is all set to kick off in 2022. Originally slated for July 2020, the tournament has been shuffled around due to the pandemic, but thankfully looks set to go ahead from this October with a full team list and some tasty-looking storylines on the horizon. Hosts Australia are the defending champions, and you can find all the challengers to their title and how they stack up in the latest T20 World Cup odds at SinkorSwimSports!
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Australia Leading The Way
2021 champions and hosts Australia announced their 2022 T20 World Cup squads on September 1st. Coached by Andrew McDonald, the Baggy Greens have opted for the tried-and-tested ahead of the tournament on home soil, with 11 of their 18 players named over 30 years old and 6 over 33.
The big headline omission from the squad is all-rounder Cameron Green, who is set to miss out despite recently smashing two half-centuries against world number one side India. In his place are veteran all-rounders Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and the heavy-hitting middle-order batter Tim David, who only made his T20I debut this year.
Elsewhere, the destructive opening pair of captain Aaron Finch and David Warner will once again be at the top of the order. The veteran seam trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are all set to feature.
India Looking Strong Again
India are set to arrive at the 2022 T20 World Cup as the number one ranked side in the world, with a squad any fan will be confident getting behind. India’s 2022 T20 squad will be led by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul at the top of the batting order. Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Ravichandra Ashwin are all also set to turn out at another World Cup.
However, there have been a number of issues bubbling in the background that might just raise a few red flags for Indian fans. Rohit and Virat have both struggled for runs this year, Hardik and Rahul have had their fitness concerns and the withdrawal of Jasprit Bumrah has deprived the side of their best bowler.
Nevertheless, the likes of Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been in stellar form throughout the year and could be interesting outsiders to back in the tournament’s bowler markets.
England The Darkhorses?
England are set to enter their first World Cup since 2009 without Eoin Morgan, with the veteran ex-skipper announcing his retirement earlier this summer. Morgan led England to the final of the 2016 and semi-finals of the 2021 T20 World Cups, and the team’s first home summer without him at the helm saw the side not win a series for the first time since 2014.
With that being said, England’s series win over Pakistan should give the Three Lions a handy injection of confidence coming into the tournament. Harry Brook and Phil Salt were two of the side’s best performers on the tour and will be looking to cement their starting spots in England’s T20 World Cup squad.
Questions also remain over skipper Jos Buttler. The England white-ball captain didn’t play a single match during the T20 series with Pakistan, and whether he’s better-placed captaining at Mid-On or from behind the stumps remains another debated topic. Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer remain sidelined for the Three Lions, though Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan and Liam Livingstone are all poised to return after missing the Pakistan series. It looks like a slightly more fragile lineup than other recent England T20 World Cup squads, but at least the Three Lions have a series win under their belts now.
Can New Zealand Go One Step Further?
New Zealand made it all the way to the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup, posting 172/4 and only losing with six balls to go against Australia. Reaching the final came in the same year as the Kiwis winning the inaugural Test Championship but, roll forward a year or so, and New Zealand look like they could be on their way over the hill when comparing their team with other T20 World Cup squads around them.
11 of the 18 names that make up the New Zealand World Cup squad are over the age of 30 now, and the team’s recent performances in their white-ball series against Australia have hardly been encouraging.
Kane Williamson will captain the side once again, being backed up with the bat by 36-year-old veteran Martin Guptill, Devon Conway and Daryll Mitchell. James Neesham is a fun all-rounder who saves his best performances for the biggest stages, whilst the bowling department led by Trent Boult and Tim Southee are sure to be as reliable as ever.
New Zealand complete the top four for our leading names in the T20 World Cup betting odds, with the Blackcaps being priced at 17/2.
2022 T20 World Cup Team List
Here’s our complete list of the 2022 T20 World Cup team list for this year’s Super 12 stage:
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