World Twenty20 team preview: Australia

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Where does one start with this team? It feels like they can't lose anything at the moment, being led as they are by Ashes and South Africa destroyers David Warner and Mitchell Johnson.

<b>Captain:</b> George Bailey<br><b>Coach:</b> Darren Lehmann<br><b>WT20 Best:</b> Losing finalists, 2010

<b>Overview</b><br>Where does one start with this team? It feels like they can't lose anything at the moment, being led as they are by Ashes and South Africa destroyers David Warner and Mitchell Johnson.

While Johnson's toe injury is causing some concern, it seems certain that he'll be good to go by 23 March, but even if he isn't, the back up bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc is still fairly impressive.

But their strength lies in their impossibly long batting line up. From Warner and Aaron Finch at the top, all the way down to Brad Haddin, Faulkner and Johnson at the end, it will take a lot to prevent this side from setting and chasing big scores.

<b>Key Batsman</b><br>The easy answer is David Warner so we'll go with that. He's been in blistering form for months, first in Tests and then in T20s, and though his scores were on fast tracks Down Under and in SA, his eye has never been more in and will probably stay that way on slower decks.

<b>Key Bowler</b><br>While Johnson is the man of the moment, we're actually going to go with Shane Watson here. He's more medium pace, which will prove tricky for the batsmen who need the ball coming onto the bat, and his IPL bowling efforts show he's a dab hand on subcontinental decks. He's got a golden arm too, and is second behind Johnson on the wicket-taking list in the format.

<b>Likely Benchwarmer</b><br>The Aussies like to stick with a winning formula, so if they keep going the way they have been, rookie leg-spinner James Muirhead might have to wait a while for regular games.

<b>Cricket365's Prediction</b><br>They lost in the semis last time out, but this time we reckon they'll make the final, where they will lose their first game of the tournament.

<b>They Said:</b> "We have selected a squad that has plenty of experience playing the Twenty20 format in the sub-continent, which augers well for the challenges of Bangladesh. Brad Hogg comes into the squad. Once again Brad bowled very well for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League and many batsmen found him difficult to read. Despite his age, his enthusiasm and fitness are undiminished." – national selector <b>John Inverarity</b>.

<b>Squad:</b> George Bailey, Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

<b>Fixtures</b><br>23 March: v Pakistan, Mirpur<br>28 March: v West Indies, Mirpur<br>30 March: v India, Mirpur<br>1 April: v qualifying team, Mirpur

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