T20 World Cup 2022: Team-wise backup openers for mega event
The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia which is considered congenial for pacers. Hence, the role of openers will be very crucial heading into the tournament.
The T20 World Cup 2022 is less than a month away. The marquee tournament will be held in Australia which is considered congenial for pacers. Each team has high-quality openers who could counter the new ball and also make good use of the powerplay.
Moreover, if the first-choice openers are unavailable for some reason, teams should have quality backups in place. Interestingly, teams have amazing reinforcements in their wings, who could play the role to perfection. Let us look at the backup openers for several teams heading into the tournament:
1. Australia - Josh Inglis and Marcus Stoinis
Josh Inglis and Marcus Stoinis could be the right fit to fill the David Warner-Aaron Finch void if needed as far as the opening slots are concerned. The duo has shown its batting might in the T20 circuit and has the experience of batting at the top.
Inglis has shown his versatility to bat at different positions. The wicket-keeper batter has also been drafted into the playing XI as an opener when the veteran openers have been absent. In the T20Is, the 27-year-old has a strike rate of 144.35. He also opens for his BBL franchise Perth Scorchers and has played many blistering knocks at the top.
Stoinis is not new to starting the innings with the bat either. The batting allrounder has been a regular opener for his BBL franchise - Melbourne Stars and has played many breathtaking innings at the top. In addition to that, the 33-year-old has opened in the IPL too and done decently well.