ICC World Twenty20: Australia can give this tournament a real shake, says skipper Steve Smith

Smith says that his side is in good form as the players have stepped up.

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2016, 14:03 PM IST
ICC World Twenty20: Australia can give this tournament a real shake, says skipper Steve Smith

New Delhi: Australia skipper Steve Smith feels his side can give the ICC World Twenty20 a real shake.

“We have got 15 guys who can give this tournament a real shake," Smith said.

Australia beat South Africa 2-1 in the recently concluded T20I series and Smith says that his side is in good form as the players have stepped up.

"We played good in South Africa to win that series there. Guys have stepped up and we're in good form. It's going to take us squad mentality to do well in this tournament," the Aussie skipper said.

Despite dominating the Test and ODI circuit, Australia haven't won a ICC WT20 trophy in the last five editions. Smith said he wants to win every tournament and that they have a good squad together.

"It's the one trophy that eluded us. We want to win every tournament and series that we play in. We are pretty settled. It's just about being positive. We've got a good squad together. We know what to expect. It's about going out there and making sure we can execute our skills. If we do that well hopefully we will win a lot of other games.” he said.

The conditions would be different here than they faced in New Zealand and South Africa but Smith said it would not be a disadvantage.

"We know what to expect from the conditions out here. A lot of us have played here in IPL and against India. We are ready for the challenge. The IPL has been great in the development of a lot of players from all around the world.

"The experience will hold us in good stead for this tournament. A lot of us know what to expect from the conditions from each ground. What it's to like playing in front of great crowds. We're really excited."

(With PTI inputs)