Australia bank on allrounder to tilt the balance

Australia bank on allrounder to tilt the balance
By: Cricket Posted On: March 16, 2023 View: 16

All-rounders are a priceless commodity in cricket, especially in the white-ball format. The difference between the two teams in the just-concluded Test series was the depth that India’s all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Axar Patel, lent to their batting.

Australia are fundamentally different and we see that most in shorter formats. They build their side around their pace bowling all-rounders -- Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green -- and once they have options, they can pack their side with extra batters if the conditions so demand.

To the pace allrounder mix, if one adds Glenn Maxwell, with his off-spin to the mix, one can see that this Australian team won't be wanting for balance.

Marsh, Stoinis, Green and Maxwell are all devastating power-hitters too. But having too many all-rounders can also be a headache for the captain in terms of where to bat them in the line-up. But, the advantage with Marsh, Stoinis, Green and Maxwell is that while they all prefer No 5-6, they have the experience of batting in different positions. Maxwell and Marsh can bat at No 3 or 4 as well, while Stoinis is a proven finisher. In his 57-game ODI career, Stoinis has batted most at No 5 and 6, but his best average is at No 7 (58.33). So far, Green has been used more at No 7 and 8, but in T20Is’ he has shown he can be effective in the top order as a pinch hitter because of his compact technique against the new ball.

Read more on this article