T20 World Cup Tournament
The men’s 2022 T20 World Cup has concluded after 45 games spanning nearly a month, with England crowned champions. After defeating Pakistan by five wickets at the MCG on Sunday night, England became only the second two-time champion at the T20 World Cup. With the tournament coming to an end, foxsports.com.au has chosen its tournament team… and it’s not good news for Australia.
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- 212 runs at 42.40, 147.22 strike rate, HS 86*
Alex Hales, who has made the most of his second chance in England white ball colors, will relish the taste of redemption. With Eoin Morgan retired and Jonny Bairstow injured at home, Hales was recalled to the England squad at the T20 World Cup. And he demonstrated why he has long been one of the BBL’s leading scorers by putting his extensive experience in Australian conditions to good use. His unbeaten 86 off 47 balls against India in the World Cup semi-finals was the stuff of World Cup legends. It’s worth noting that South Africa’s Quinton de Kock is too good to be left out here. However, the majority of his runs came early in the season against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh before fading in the bigger games.
- 225 runs at 45.00, strike rate of 144.23, and HS of 80*
With performances like this, it’s easy to see why he’s regarded as England’s greatest ever white ball batter. There is no better captain for this team than the man who won England’s second men’s T20 World Cup at the T20 World Cup. Buttler led from the front, both metaphorically and literally with the bat. Only three players scored more runs, with one of them (Max O’Dowd) playing two extra innings. His greatest moment came in the World Cup semi-final against India, when he made 80 not out in one of the best chases ever seen. In this XI, he also wears gloves.
- 296 runs at 98.66, 136.40 strike rate, HS 82*
There was no competition for the No.3 spot — it had to be Kohli, the tournament’s leading scorer. This was the Indian megastar at his most magical. Starting with that innings against Pakistan, Kohli scored 82 off 53 balls to lead India to a last-ball victory at the T20 World Cup. Throughout the tournament, he rarely missed out, scoring four half-centuries in six games and finishing with a whopping average close to 100. If there is one criticism, it is that his half-century in the semi-final lacked the required urgency — but this was still a tournament from the India great.
- 239 runs at 59.75, strike rate of 189.68, and HS of 68
It’s a shame it had to end on a low note, but the Indian No.4 had an outstanding campaign. The 32-year-old was a brute inside the top-order for India since his debut last year, and was just as consistent as his partner, Kohli at the T20 World Cup. Four of his six innings were worth 30 runs or more, with his lowest score being 14. His aggression inside an Indian top-order accused of being too conservative was most impressive. His strike rate of 189.68 was the highest of anyone who batted more than ten times.
- 201 runs at 40.20, 158.26 strike rate, HS 104
With his incredible 104 runs off 64 balls against Sri Lanka at the SCG, the middle-order powerhouse scored one of the tournament’s only two centuries at the T20 World Cup. The following game, he followed it up with a 62 off 36 against eventual champions England. Only Yadav struck at a higher rate than Phillips among those who made more than 200 runs in the World Cup. He edged out Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza, who made 219 runs but had a lower average (27.37) and strike rate (147.97). Ben Stokes deserves a mention after his unbeaten 50 helped England win a nail-biting final, and he took six wickets with a tidy economy of 6.79. However, he only scored at a rate of more than one run per ball, and his average was boosted by two not out innings.
- 126 runs at 42.00, 161.53 strike rate, HS 59*
- BBI 1-6, one wicket at 87.00, economy 9.66
Given the limited opportunities, picking the lower-order spots in T20 cricket can be difficult, but Marcus Stoinis nails it here on T20 World Cup. He is the only Australian in the starting XI. His 59 runs off 18 balls against Sri Lanka was one of the tournament’s best innings, and he also contributed 35 and 25 runs in Australia’s final two games. Only Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Shadab Khan, David Wiese, and Curtis Campher batted between No.5 and No.7 and scored more than 50 runs and struck out more than 150.00 times. Doesn’t get picked because of his bowling, but the fact that he’s an extra pace option is useful for this fantasy team.
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