Australia has again fallen short in a T20 match against the West Indies, going down by six wickets in a batting collapse.
Australia failed to capitalise on the shorter boundaries in their opening stanza, as captain Aaron Finch top-scored with 30 on what was a flat track.
The Windies were anchored by self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, who made 67 off 38 balls in a bullish performance.
Australians’ success in the Big Bash and other international domestic leagues, like the IPL, have not made the impact most were hoping for in the lead up to a T20 World Cup.
The lack of cohesion between players and the new era of being a smash-and-bash cricketer has changed the complexion of international cricket for good. The likes of Aaron Finch and Dan Christian have cemented themselves as part of the T20 landscape and struggled to make an impact in the other two forms of the game.
T20 cricket has evolved and taken on a new life for the way that cricket, in general, is played and Australia needs to start looking at separating the three formats in ways that has never been done before.
Justin Langer took the reigns as coach of Australia as a whole after the incidents of Sandpapergate in 2018, but he needs to focus on Tests and one-dayers.
Instead, the Aussie T20 coach and players must be chosen from a pool of international candidates to steer that format alone.
Luckily, that pool of coaches and staff in the shortest form of the game is strong, constantly being involved in success at the highest level.
Greg Shipperd – who recently coached the Sydney Sixers to the BBL championship – has been a main stay in Australian domestic cricket for a long time, having success in all formats of the game. He has also spent time as part of the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.
The talent that Australia has overseas and on home soil in the coaching and mentorship roles could be the next direction that Australia takes in the three formats of the game.