India's Virat Kohli, left, and teammate MS Dhoni, right, are congratulated by Australia's James Faulkner after winning their ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match by six wickets in Mohali, India, Sunday, March 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
India's Virat Kohli, left, and teammate MS Dhoni, right, are congratulated by Australia's James Faulkner after winning their ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match by six wickets in Mohali, India, Sunday, March 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Altaf Qadri

OUR SAY: 20 overs all too much for Aussies

AS A cricket-watching tragic, it seems strange to say that after a few late nights watching the World T20 Championships, I'm glad Australia is out.

Strange because normally I'd walk across broken glass to watch and support Australian cricket.

But despite coaches and players all saying the right things about how they'd like to be on top in all three forms of the game, Australia just doesn't seem to "get" the shortest form.

World champions in the one-day game, and at the top of their game in the test arena, our record in T20 matches is woeful, and the stats show why.

We played just one international match in 2015, and even in the lead-up to a World Cup played a few meaningless games this year .

It's hardly the preparation of a side taking a serious interest given our 50-over preparations start more than two years out on average.

The answer might be simple - schedule more games. But would the Australia cricket fans allow it? If it came at the expense of the regular test match summer, I think the traditionalist in us would say no.

Even on a local level, the night cricket competition voted down a proposal to turn the games into a T20 hit-out.

We don't take the game seriously, and while it's nice to be part of a competition, at an international level, we have always felt like imposters.


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