Why legend is still bullish on Aussie T20 hopes

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Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor has played down concerns surrounding Australia's signifier aft a scratchy triumph implicit South Africa successful the T20 World Cup opener.

Despite holding the Proteas to conscionable 118, Australia was made to combat bony and nail with the bat, reaching the people with conscionable 2 balls to spare.

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The triumph erstwhile again highlighted the concerns surrounding Australia's apical order, with David Warner and Aaron Finch again dismissed cheaply, but Taylor said Australia inactive remains a menace to instrumentality retired a maiden T20 title.

"There's nary uncertainty that our troubling country astatine the infinitesimal is our apical order," helium told Nine's Sports Sunday.

Warner's mediocre tally of signifier continued against South Africa, with the seasoned opener dismissed for 14 (Getty)

"David Warner hasn't made galore runs successful the lead-up, Aaron Finch's been injured with a atrocious genu and made a duck past night, and Mitchell Marsh astatine 3 we're inactive not definite about.

"We request 2 of those 3 to astatine slightest person bully tournaments, and hopefully 1 of them has an outstanding tournament. If that happens, we saw past nighttime that (Steve) Smith, (Glenn) Maxwell, (Marcus) Stoinis successful the little bid tin get america implicit the line.

"Our bowling, (Josh) Hazlewood looks bully and bowled peculiarly good past night. We've got the players, we conscionable request a small much form."

Taylor said not overmuch should beryllium work into Australia's lowly seventh-placed ranking among T20 teams astir the world.

"It's a fickle game, we cognize that with T20 cricket, and it changes precise quickly," helium said.

Josh Hazlewood and Australia's bowling onslaught was connected opus successful its World Cup opener against South Africa (Getty)

"Our ranking has fallen but we're not that atrocious and nary uncertainty we're dangerous."

Taylor believes some Australia's triumph implicit South Africa and England's triumph implicit the West Indies, wherever some teams bowling archetypal secured wins, could signifier a inclination successful the tournament.

"England won the flip and enactment the West Indies successful due to the fact that I don't deliberation they're definite what a bully full is going to be," helium said.

"It utilized to beryllium 160 successful 20 overs, but arsenic we saw past night, 120 is not casual to pursuit down.

"I deliberation we're going to spot much of this - little scores and everyone connected immoderate fixed day, peculiarly successful Group A, tin bushed each other."

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