U19 World Cup 2022: Australia SWOT Analysis

Australia are placed in Group D for the upcoming ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The U19 World Cup 2022 will be held in the West Indies. Beginning from January 14, the marquee event will see 16 teams divided across four groups taking part. Hosts West Indies, Scotland and Sri Lanka accompany Australia in Group D.

Cooper Connolly, who was also a part of Australia’s campaign in the 2020 U19 World Cup, will lead the side this time around. Therefore, Connolly is set to feature in the event for a second successive time. Australia have not had a lot of success at the U19 World Cup. They have won the title only once back in 2010.

As Australia look to regain glory at the U19 World Cup, here are their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Strengths 

Australia’s squad for the U19 World Cup 2021 has a good mix of players from all departments. Moreover, the players have experience of playing in domestic cricket across a variety of strong competitions. Skipper Cooper Connolly will have all eyes on him, having been a part of the previous edition as well. He is also contracted with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL). The likes of Teague Wyllie and Campbell Kellaway have done well for them with the bat in domestic cricket.

In addition, the likes of Jack Nisbett, Nivethan Radhakrishnan and Jackson Sinfield among others are players with state rookie contracts and enough domestic experience. Radhakrishnan was also a net bowler for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League 2021.

Weaknesses

Given the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been minimal junior level cricket in Australia in the last two years. Although the squad for U19 World Cup was finalized following a few trial matches, the side lacks proper match practice coming into this tournament.

Opportunities

The U19 World Cup will provide the players with an opportunity to develop themselves. Given that Australia have not had a lot of junior level cricket in the past couple of years, this tournament will allow the players to come together.

While Australia have not had a pleasant record at the U19 World Cup, Cooper Connolly has the perfect opportunity to lead the side with an aim end their draught at the event. The Indian born duo of Nivethan Radhakrishnan and Harkirat Bajwa also have a platform to showcase their skills. Moreover, these players will also like to make impressions such that can help them gain BBL contracts going forward.

Threats

The biggest threat for Australia at the U19 World Cup is the lack of match practice coming into the tournament. It will be a challenging task for them to gel together in quick time. Finding their right combination will be another aspect that they will have to deal with. With just three group stage games, Australia cannot afford to start on a negative note, that may forbid them from going further ahead in the tournament.

Australia Squad for U19 World Cup 2022

Cooper Connolly (c), Harkirat Bajwa, Aidan Cahill, Joshua Garner, Isaac Higgins, Campbell Kellaway, Corey Miller, Jack Nisbet, Nivethan Radhakrishnan, William Salzmann, Lachlan Shaw, Jackson Sinfield, Tobias Snell, Tom Whitney, Teague Wyllie.

Standby Players: Liam Blackford, Liam Doddrell, Joel Davies, Sam Rahaley, Aubrey Stockdale.

Australia U19 Fixtures

Australia begin their campaign at the U19 World Cup 2022 against hosts West Indies on 14 January. They will then play Sri Lanka and Scotland on 17 and 19 January respectively in their group stage fixtures.

Australia U19 Predicted XI

Cooper Connolly (C), Jack Nisbett, Nivethan Radhakrishnan, Jackson Sinfield, Harkirat Bajwa, Campbell Kellaway, Teague Wyllie, Tom Whitney, Josh Garner, Isaac Higgins, Aidan Cahill.

( Featured Image Courtesy: cricket.com.au )

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