Australia-Pakistan-Zimbabwe Tri Series. Australia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe teams will compete in the T20I triangular series starting on Sunday, as well as competing with the title to reach the top of the ICC T20I rankings.
Pakistan has come to this series with ICC No. 1 ranking in T20I. And to remain on the top of the T20I rankings they now need to win this triangular series.
If the Aussies leave behind the humiliating display of the England tour and perform well here, then they can reach the top in the ICC rankings. On the tour of England, Australia had to face defeat against the hosts by 0-5 in ODIs and 0-1 in T20I series.
Australia reached third place in the rankings due to a defeat in the only T20I at the England tour. But they have a chance to claim ICC World No. 1 Ranking in T20I. For this they have to win this series.
The Problems with Australia:
Before reaching Zimbabwe, team coach Justin Langer expressed the hope that the team’s performance would improve. Apart from the challenge of Pakistan and Zimbabwe, Australia will have to overcome their own problems.
Steve Smith and David Warner, who was found guilty in the ball tampering episode, are out of the team due to suspension. While Mitchell Starc, Joe Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh are recovering from injury.
Australian Captain Aaron Finch is also not in good form nowadays. The entire Australian team is suffering the face of rebuilding.