Waugh: Aussies did not play enough T20Is


Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes a lack a games and not knowing their best starting team were the main reasons why the Aussies were knocked out early in the World T20.

Australia lost to India and New Zealand in group two of the Super 10s and came third in their group, ahead of Pakistan and Bangladesh, but failed to make the semifinals.

The Aussies only played six matches in the shortest format over the last year, three against India and three against South Africa, and went to the global tournament somewhat undercooked.

Waugh also pointed out that the selectors never knew what the best combination was heading into the event, with the Aussies using 19 players in the six matches against India and South Africa.

Waugh, who captained Australia from between 1999 and 2004, told Fairfax: "We probably haven't played enough Twenty20 cricket in the past 12-18 months and we swapped the team about a fair bit.

"To Cricket Australia's credit, we have put Test cricket on a pedestal, we've put that above all else, which I think is a great thing for cricket. Not many other countries are doing that.

"The down side to that was that the Twenty20 side [of the game] suffered with players in and out and [they] didn't get a consistent role in the side and they just fell short in India."