x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Silence screamed our unhappiness

The silence in our dressing room after our defeat to Sri Lanka was palpable, a true indication of how much the World Twenty20 meant to each player.

The silence in our dressing room after our defeat to Sri Lanka was palpable, a true indication of how much the World Twenty20 meant to each player. Four days have now passed from the day and still every one of us is feeling the pain. What we, Australian cricket team, had hoped was not going to happen did not happen. All us players will be sitting back wondering why didn't get this right.

The chances were there for us to take victory, but every time we came up with the play, Sri Lanka responded. They had the last say at key moments, and when you are trying to win cricket games, especially Twenty20 games, you need to take advantage of these moments. It is hard to admit our World Twenty20 is over, but we have to accept that we will not have the chance to win the only trophy yet to sit in our cabinet.

Having seen the pressure that Twenty20 can create and the mistakes that it can force players to make, it will be the team who can best deal with these pressures and come out of the other side thinking correctly who will be smiling at the end of the tournament. India and South Africa are the big two in the Group E, though England, being the host country, know the conditions and have the home crowd advantage.

The Chris Gayle-led West Indies side, the other team in Group E are the dark horses; a team who are perfectly suited to this style of cricket, as we witnessed first hand. It is a tough group with four skilful and explosive teams who can all win this tournament. In Group F are New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Ireland. Twenty20 can throw up all kind of results and this group is packed full of teams who can beat anyone on their day.

It's hard for me to pick a winner of the World Twenty20 because when I arrived in London I thought my Australian team were in with a wonderful chance of coming out on top. Instead, our Test boys are now in training for the forthcoming Ashes against England and our Twenty20 players are on flights home. To see how this tournament pans out will be exciting and it should be great cricket to watch. You never know what luck teams will have and how it will all shape up ahead of the semi-finals. I just wish we were one of them. sports@thenational.ae