Aussies handed nightmare T20 World Cup draw

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Australia volition astir apt person to flooded the reigning men's Twenty20 satellite champion West Indies broadside to person immoderate anticipation of reaching the knockout stages successful this year's ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

The ICC officially unveiled its gully for the tourney connected Tuesday, with Australia to get its T20 World Cup run with a clash against South Africa connected October 23.

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The lucifer against the Proteas volition past beryllium followed by a clash against a qualifier squad 5 days later, earlier a crunch lucifer against England connected October 30.

After different lucifer against a qualifier squad connected November 4, Australia's last excavation crippled volition beryllium against the West Indies connected November 6, a lucifer that volition apt find who advances done to the semi-finals. Only 2 of Australia, England, South Africa and the West Indies volition qualify.

Australia's men's squad failed to suffice for the semi-finals of the past T20 World Cup backmost successful 2016 (Getty)

The clash with the West Indies is 1 fraught with information for Justin Langer's side, fixed its caller past with the Caribbean broadside successful the shortest format of the game.

Phil Simmons' side, which boasts a fig of T20 specialists, has beaten Australia successful 7 of its 8 astir caller T20 meetings, including the 2012 T20 World Cup semi-final and a radical lucifer successful the 2014 T20 World Cup.

The West Indies person taken retired the 2 astir caller men's T20 World Cups, defeating big federation Sri Lanka successful 2012, earlier a celebrated triumph implicit England successful the 2016 last wherever Carlos Brathwaite lashed 3 sixes disconnected the last implicit of the match.

Another wrinkle for Australia is the information that the T20 World Cup final, presently slated for November 15, is 13 days anterior to the scheduled commencement of the one-off Test lucifer betwixt Australia and Afghanistan successful Perth, meaning neither squad volition person clip to quarantine if it qualifies for the final.

Both the West Indies men's and women's teams took retired the T20 World Cup backmost successful 2016 (Getty)

Given Australia's past astatine T20 World Cups, manager Justin Langer would invited the headache of having to navigate WA's quarantine hurdles by virtuousness of qualifying for the final.

Australia's men's squad has ne'er won a T20 World Cup since the inception of the tourney backmost successful 2007, with a runner-up show successful 2010 its champion effort.

Australia has failed to suffice for the semi-finals successful each of the past 2 iterations of the tournament, and has conscionable 1 semi-final quality successful 2012 to amusement for implicit the past decade.

The men's T20 World Cup volition officially get underway connected Sunday, October 17 erstwhile Oman takes connected Papua New Guinea.

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