Lightning fast bowler Shaun Tait has said that no team “can get near us” if Australia continue to play to their ability at the World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
“If we play well, I don’t think anyone can get near us. We”re a disciplined outfit. We all know our games very well. We have gelled as a team perfectly and we’re playing really good cricket. The only way we can come unstuck is against ourselves,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Tait, as saying.
“We’re our biggest challenge. If we play badly, I think that”s the only way we can bomb out of the comp,” he added.
“Without getting too far ahead of ourselves and too cocky or arrogant, if we play our best cricket we’ll win the tournament,” Tait said on Wednesday.
Undefeated Australia play defending champions Pakistan in their semi-final in St Lucia on Friday.
England has entered the final after beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first semi-final on Thursday.
Tait was one of the heroes for Australia in the 2007 World Cup with 23 wickets in the Caribbean, and can see plenty of similarities between the current T20 campaign and the way Australia crashed through all comers in the one-day international showpiece three years ago.
“Definitely. It sort of reminds me a little bit of the World Cup in 2007 when we went through flawless,” Tait said.
Despite not advancing beyond the semi-finals in the two previous World T20 tournaments in 2007 and 2009, Australia have swept through the group and Super Eights rounds.
“We’ve been pretty relaxed, the atmosphere. We haven’t had great long meetings about opposition teams,” said Tait.
“We are just concentrating on our own game. We know that we’ve got the team and the players. If we play well, we should win the competition,” he said. (ANI)