Brett Lee rates Australia’s T20 World Cup chances after England battering


England battered Ashes rivals Australia in the T20 World Cup group stage (Pictures: Getty)

Brett Lee insists Australia can still win the T20 World Cup despite their humbling group-stage defeat to Ashes rivals England.

England smashed Australia by eight wickets in Dubai on Saturday, with Jos Buttler’s 32-ball 72 leading the team’s chase of 125 with over eight overs to spare.

It was a demoralising defeat for the Aussies but former fast bowler Lee still believes they can go on to win their maiden T20 World Cup title.

Aaron Finch’s side are currently third in Group 1 and will likely need to beat Bangladesh and West Indies to give themselves a chance of progressing to the semi-finals.

‘England were outstanding against Australia. The 50-over World champions were just too good in the end, it’s as simple as that,’ Lee told ICC.

‘Now it’s not all doom and gloom for Australia – I try and look at things from a positive point of view. There are a lot of people saying, “he shouldn’t be in the team”, “he shouldn’t be batting there” and so on.

‘I know that there could be changes, they might look to shuffle the order, they might look to some different bowling options but sometimes you just get outplayed and England outplayed Australia.

In-form England star Jos Buttler smashed 72 not out against Australia

In-form England star Jos Buttler smashed 72 not out against Australia (Picture: Getty)

‘Australia have to move on, they have to understand that they’ve been walloped – that’s a fair assessment and if you ask any of the players they are pretty open and honest with each other, they were totally outplayed.’

Lee tipped India to win the T20 World Cup before a ball was bowled but says England have looked ‘outstanding’, winning four matches in a row to all-but secure their place in the knockout stages.

The Australia legend has also been impressed by Group 2 leaders Pakistan but says Finch’s side are capable of rivalling the best white-ball teams in the world.

Lee added: ‘I thought India would be really tough to beat before the tournament started but from what we’ve seen from England, they are outstanding and they are really starting to put some disciplined games together even though it’s a shorter format.

Lee has been impressed with Babar Azam's Pakistan

Lee has been impressed with Babar Azam’s Pakistan (Picture: Getty)

‘They’ve been good in the field, taken most of their catches, and they’ve got match winners. You have to have match winners in this format and England have got that.

‘England will definitely be a top contender and then on the other side of the draw you’re probably looking at Pakistan as they have really found some form and have got some key players too.

‘I really hope the Aussies can get it together because this is a trophy they are desperate to win and they have to understand what they got wrong against England and how they can improve.

‘It’s not all doom and gloom though because they have got an amazing squad and I do believe for the first time that they do have a team that can win this T20 World Cup.’

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