Legend's stinging critique of Aussie debacle

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The cancellation of past summer's T20 World Cup is 1 of the cardinal drivers down Australia's mediocre grounds successful that signifier of the game, according to retired skipper Mark Taylor.

Australia had been owed to big the tourney astatine the commencement of the 2020-21 summer, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced those plans to beryllium enactment connected hold.

This year's tourney volition beryllium played successful the United Arab Emirates, with Australia present scheduled to big successful precocious 2022.

Having won 4 consecutive T20 bid anterior to COVID-19, Australia has mislaid each 5 it has played since then, to England (2-1), India (2-1), New Zealand (3-2), West Indies (4-1) and Bangladesh (4-1).

The bid successful Bangladesh finished with Australia being bowled retired for its lowest ever people successful a T20 international, a humiliating 62 successful little than 14 overs.

Australia batsman Matthew Wade leaves the mediate aft losing his wicket successful a T20 crippled against New Zealand successful March 2021. (Getty)

Taylor pointed retired that portion Australia has ne'er played good connected the low, dilatory pitches served up successful Bangladesh, the inclination has been evident for immoderate time.

"We were gearing up to big the T20 World Cup, and we seemed to beryllium getting our ducks successful line, and past each of a abrupt that fell over, and things person fallen away," helium told Wide World of Sports.

"Certainly COVID-19 has played a part, but there's Aaron Finch's injury, and question bubbles which has meant Australia is not ever picking the champion side.

"That absorption connected T20 cricket that we had anterior to COVID-19 seems to person gone, and the results person followed suit."

Australia's Ben McDermott loses his wicket arsenic helium tries to expanse during the 5th T20 against Bangladesh. (Getty)

National manager Justin Langer recovered himself successful the headlines this week, aft reports emerged he'd been progressive successful a heated exchange with a Cricket Australia unit subordinate who posted footage to the CA website of Bangladesh celebrating their bid win.

It's not the archetypal clip successful caller months that Langer's suitability for the relation has been questioned, with an end-of-season reappraisal uncovering that determination was dissatisfaction with his aggravated ways.

Since Langer took implicit successful 2018, the nationalist broadside has won 56 matches and mislaid 53 crossed each formats of the game.

Langer is contracted until the mediate of 2022, but Taylor dismissed suggestions of a change, pointing retired that with Test skipper Tim Paine nearing the extremity of his career, and white-ball skipper Aaron Finch astir to crook 35, Australian cricket needs enactment stability.

"I don't spot anyone needfully knocking the doorway down to regenerate Justin. We request immoderate solidarity astir the squad astatine the moment, due to the fact that determination volition beryllium changes successful the coming years," helium said.

Australia batsman Moises Henriques departs the mediate aft being dismissed successful the 5th T20 against the West Indies. (Fox Cricket)

"Langer's relation is becoming rather crucial.

"The communicative this week astir the statement could easy conscionable beryllium a motion that it doesn't substance who you're playing, Justin doesn't similar losing, which is what you want.

"It's the benignant of unit that is portion and parcel of athletics these days."

Taylor pointed retired that with the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis each missing from the caller bid against the West Indies and Bangladesh, selectors turned to Dan Christian, who's conscionable turned 38, and 34-year-old Moises Henriques.

Younger players, specified arsenic Ben McDermott (66 runs successful 5 matches) and Josh Philippe (33 runs from 5 matches) had an accidental to guarantee an extended tally successful the side, but failed to impress.

"It's nary concealed that the selectors are acrophobic by the batting, there's lone 3 specializer batsmen successful the database of contracted players," helium noted.

"They've near doors and windows unfastened each implicit the spot for a youngster to enactment his manus up and request a spot, but it conscionable hasn't happened.

Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor (Getty)

"One of the problems with the younger players who absorption connected T20, they don't person the basics of being a bully all-round batsman. That tin beryllium a occupation with idiosyncratic whose biggest extremity is to marque a BBL team. They're not needfully going to beryllium capable to measurement up to planetary level due to the fact that the batting fundamentals conscionable aren't there.

Taylor conceded that Australia could beryllium successful for a bumpy thrust successful the coming years, crossed each formats of the game.

"The world is Australia is ranked 3rd successful Test and ODI cricket, and sixth successful T20 cricket. That's astir close astatine the moment," helium admitted.

"We're inactive a unit to beryllium reckoned with, particularly astatine home, but you couldn't reason that we merit to beryllium the the champion broadside successful the world. That's surely not the case.

"That comes down to the depth, which is simply a problem. Our champion side, connected paper, is formidable, but we haven't got the depth, particularly successful the batting.

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