Now for the T20 title

Shane Watson will open the batting for Australia. Photo: AAP Image.
Shane Watson will open the batting for Australia. Photo: AAP Image.

IT HOLDS cricket's one-day international World Cup and the ICC Test Mace as the number-one-ranked team in the longest form of the game.

Now Australia wants to complete its collection by taking out the World T20 championship in India.

The Aussies, who begin their campaign against New Zealand in the picturesque mountain town of Dharamsala on Friday night, have never won a global Twenty20 title, its best result a runner-up finish to England in the West Indies in 2010.

Unlucky not to be taking part in the two-week event, Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn believes Australia has the batting firepower to counter the world's most dangerous slow bowlers on spin-friendly decks ... and finally breakthrough for its first crown in the fast and furious format.

Host country India is the $3.10 favourite as it includes star batsmen Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina - all three are among the world's top 20 ranked T20 players and played major roles in sweeping Australia 3-0 in its home series Down Under in January.

Then there are top-class Indian spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who are always hard to handle on the turning decks of the subcontinent, and both could easily dominate this tournament.

However, Lynn said he believed Australia's potent middle-order - which performed so well in its recent 2-1 away series victory over South Africa - could counter the turning ball in India.

Glenn Maxwell (75 off 43 balls) and David Warner (77 off 40) batted unbelievably in the game-two win over the Proteas, helping their team chase down a mammoth target of 205, the Aussies getting home on the last ball in a thriller.

Lynn said Warner, after dropping to No.4 from his usual opening position, and Maxwell, with the stunning range of shots he possesses, can both counter any spin bowler in the world.

David Warner has been moved to the middle order. Photo: AAP Image.
David Warner has been moved to the middle order. Photo: AAP Image.

"You've got to remember there will be a lot of pressure on the Indian spinners to perform in front of their own fans over there," Lynn told Australian Regional Media.

"A bowler only gets a maximum of 24 balls in T20s, so the momentum can change in just a couple of balls.

"And when you've got a guy like Glenn Maxwell, when he starts reverse-sweeping them, he can put them back under the pump.

"Warner has batted in the middle-order in the Indian Premier League before and been really successful at it.

"We saw with the Indian spinners out here they can reduce the scoring rate to four or five an over, for five overs.

"But, with Warner at the crease at that time, he can slow them down and turn the momentum."

Queenslander Lynn, who has played five T20Is for Australia, including the three losses to India in January, said there was no reason Australia could not at least make the final four of the tournament.

"Australia can definitely make the semi-finals if we play good cricket, and I expect we will," he said.

"Like the Cricket World Cup last year, though, when Australia and New Zealand dominated, home-ground advantage will play a huge role. We need to play spin better over there and the wickets will be nothing like here in Australia or South Africa.

"But our batsmen will go in expecting it to turn, and playing on smaller fields over there, they'll be able to clear the fences.

"Don't write off the West Indies with a destructive hitter like Chris Gayle, South Africa has AB de Villiers, and India has Virat Kohli.

"Maxwell, Warner and Aaron Finch are all match-winners for us," Lynn added.



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