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Australia plans power-hitting strategy for T20 World Cup after high-scoring IPL

The selectors are considering a team packed with allrounders and batters to keep up with potential big scores, similar to the explosive IPL matches

Australia plans power-hitting strategy for T20 World Cup after high-scoring IPL PHOTO: IPL

Australia is thinking about using a power-hitting strategy for the T20 World Cup, inspired by the high scores seen in the recent IPL season. 

The selectors are considering a team packed with allrounders and batters to keep up with potential big scores, similar to the explosive IPL matches.

Coach Andrew McDonald admits that bowlers might have better conditions in the Caribbean than in India, but he also sees the need to prepare for posting high totals. Cameron Green, chosen for his versatility over Jake Fraser-McGurk, might bat as low as No.8 in a batting-heavy lineup if high scores are expected.

"The recent trend of the IPL, you've got to take that into the equation. Is that trend going to be real and sustainable? Are you going to need to post 240-plus to win a game?" McDonald told cricket.com.au.

"If that is the case, there's no doubt that there would be a discussion around playing an extra batter to make sure you're capable of stretching totals out to 240-plus, which is what we've seen in the IPL," he further added.

This IPL season has seen an incredible run-rate of 9.57, making many wonder if high scores will become the new normal in T20 cricket. The World Cup won't have the IPL's impact player substitution rule, which could affect scoring, but recent tournaments like the PSL and the Hundred have also seen high run-rates.

Australia might play just three specialist bowlers and rely on allrounders like Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Green, letting the top-order bat aggressively from the start.