ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Finch, Buttler and Shakib address the media ahead of the mega event
Aaron Finch with Babar Azam during the presser [Source: Twitter]
As we know, the much-awaited T20 World Cup gets underway on Sunday in Australia. Like every ICC event, a pre-tournament presser was organised today, in which the captains from all teams opened up on their preparations and goals ahead of the World Cup.
Australia captain Aaron Finch stressed that they have some outright match-winners throughout their lineup, and all they need is to step up at the right time. He confidently said that each player in the Australian dressing room is aware of his role, and the team will need contributions from not only the eleven playing members but also the reserve players to defend their title.
Here's what Finch stated
"It's not just 11 players that win your World Cup. It's that's the contribution of all around. So I feel as though we've got a really well-balanced side. We've got some match winners all throughout the batting line up and with the ball as well. So I think it's just about trying to peak at the right time.
"There's there's no point getting caught up with with what we should be doing or shouldn't be doing in the lead up to the tournament. I think it's important that everyone within the squad knows their roles and what role that they're most likely to play throughout the tournament."
Looking forward to this tournament: Jos Buttler
Similarly, England captain Jos Buttler highlighted the cut-throat competition we witness in T20 cricket. The swashbuckling opener also admitted to not being bothered by past results and looking forward to living up to the expectations in the tournament.
"I think you just have to accept there is fierce competition, there's some great players here and especially in T20 cricket. One person can take the game away from you. So, you know, very much just prepare for the next game. We've had good preparation. We look forward to this tournament and don't try and read too much into past tournaments or things."
On the other hand, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan emphasised gaining experience of playing T20Is in Australian conditions. The veteran all-rounder also sounded pretty confident about his team's preparations and explained how playing in the New Zealand tri-series could help them in the showpiece event.
"I think we've got a very good, exciting team. Most of us are new, so it'll be a great experience for them. All of us are playing T20 International first time in Australia, including me. But, you know,"
"I think we have prepared very well. We were in Christchurch, where we played four games against two very good sides. So we know what are the things that we need to do in order to be able to perform well here in Australia."
The T20 World Cup starts Sunday, with Sri Lanka taking on Namibia in the first Group A encounter in Geelong.
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