Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has acknowledged that New Zealand have “covered us” in terms of dominating teams in the game’s three formats.
Taylor’s comments follow Australia’s disappointing group stage exit at the weekend’s T20 World Cup, with New Zealand, England, India and Pakistan advancing to the semis. -finals.
Australia’s home World Cup defense was finally doomed by a gruesome 89-point defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their opener, a blow from which the defending champions could not recover.
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New Zealand currently rank ahead of Australia in the game’s two limited overs formats, and are the defending Test champions despite currently ranking fifth in the long format.
Taylor was full of praise for Australia’s neighbors and suggested they could learn a thing or two from the Black Caps.
“They’re doing it better than any team in the world right now, to be totally honest,” he told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio.
“To play in every format of the game… they’ve got us covered in that regard. New Zealand is a smaller nation with fewer people playing the game, they’re doing it better than anyone right now.
“Somehow they were able to put three different teams in the park, obviously there are players who play all three formats, but they are able to put them in the park and be among the best in the world.
“They won the inaugural Test Championship where they beat India at Lord’s, they lost the World Cup final (50 out) in 2019 to England which they probably should have won, and yet another times they were in the T20 finals last year and they’re in the semis this week.
“Every tournament they’re there or thereabouts, so they’re doing something better than Australian cricket, India, England. They’re doing it better than us, and those are the facts.”
Australia’s current T20 squad is ageing, with Cameron Green the only member of the World Cup squad currently under the age of 25.
Eleven members of the squad are aged 30 or over, and Taylor suggested it was time to start training young players in the T20 side.
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“I think they have to look at all the players,” he said.
“If you look at our T20 side, we have Davey (Warner) who is 36, Aaron Finch is 36, Matty Wade who is 34, Steve Smith 33. Our top four or five are in their mid-30s now, and in two years they will be in their late thirties.
“We have (Mitchell) Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood and (Pat) Cummins who are still our best Test match bowlers. Two years from now do we want them to be our best T20 bowlers? I don’t think we do.
“If we want them to still be our best Test match bowlers in two years, it will be very difficult for them to be our best T20 bowlers at the same time.
“So we have to start thinking about the different teams and the composition of those teams.”
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