Australia seem to be playing it safe with a well balanced squad. A mixture of experience in Hogg, Watson, Hilfenhaus and the Hussey brothers paired with young guns like Maxwell and Cummins. The squad is also peppered with Matthew Wade as the only keeper (maybe a little risky?) and George Bailey as Captain. Look forward to a lot of big-hitting and high scoring from this squad that boasts strong batting till No. 7 and a powerful pace attack. The surprise exclusion of Steve Smith, who shone at the IPL, seems a little unfair to the lad though.
South Africa threaten to dominate with a horde of established players - Faf Du Plessis, the Morkel brothers, AB De Villiers, Duminy, Hashim Amla and surprise package – Lonwabo Tsotsobe. It’s pretty clear that there’s a lot of strength with both bat and ball in there, and the fact that SA are bringing in the big-guns is a sure sign of intent – maybe they’ll finally fill in that blank “World Cup trophy” spot in their cabinet. With De Villiers taking over captaincy, Graeme Smith seems to have lost his place in the squad but there is still plenty of wisdom in the form of Jacques Kallis!
Yuvraj Singh marks his comeback to the sport with a spot in the Indian squad and surely every Indian is going to look forward to some blazing sixes from him. The Indian squad seems well equipped with the bat with MS Dhoni, Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina, Kohli, and of course Yuvraj Singh. Manoj Tiwary proved himself in India’s last series and earned himself a spot too. There’s no telling what this squad can do if their bowlers back them up with some good performances!
The English have named a fairly balanced squad, led by Stuart Broad and Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps. The squad is a good mix of experience and youth but more importantly, players that have excelled both internationally and in the domestic circuit. The biggest talking point however has to be the absence of Kevin Pietersen, arguably England’s best in the T20 format.
We’re also keen to see Marlon Samuels, in his new and improved avatar, steady the West Indian ship with some good knocks, and Brendon McCullum swing the bat for the Kiwis. There’s no arguing that there’s a whole lot of big names, big games and promising players coming to Sri Lanka. We can’t wait for October!