T20 World Cup 2024: No place for West Indies and Pakistan as Mitchell Starc names T20 World Cup semi-finalists

Mitchell Starc

Australian star Mitchell Starc has revealed his selections for the semi-finalists of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. The tournament is currently played in the United States of America and the Caribbean.

A record 20 teams face each other in the ninth edition of the T20 World Cup. The teams have been divided into four groups of five teams each. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 8 stage. The Super 8 stage will determine the four semi-finalists.

The tournament is still in its initial phase and there is still some time for the four semi-finalists to be decided. And while only time will reveal the fate of the teams, Mitchell Starc has named the four teams he believes can make it to the final four.

In a video posted by Kolkata Knight Riders on their social media, the Australian pacer chose Australia, India, defending champions England and New Zealand as the four semi-finalists. Three of the four teams picked by Mitchell Starc had also qualified for the semi-final of the last T20 World Cup. England, India and New Zealand also reached the semi-finals in 2022, while Australia missed out.

Watch as Mitchell Starc reveals his picks:

Talking about Australia’s ongoing T20 World Cup campaign so far, the 2021 winners began their journey with a win over Oman. When asked to bat first, Australia really failed to impress with the bat and ended their innings with 164 for 5. Marcus Stoinis starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 67, while veteran opener David Warner scored 56 runs.

Unlike the batsmen, Australia’s bowlers performed well and in the end led their team to a comfortable victory. Oman finished their innings on 125 for 9. Stoinis also impressed with the ball and picked up 3 wickets for just 19 runs, while Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis and Adam Zampa claimed two wickets each.

Australia will be in action next Saturday (June 8) when they take on defending champions England. The game is scheduled to take place in Barbados. England’s first match of the tournament failed and they hope to achieve their first victory of the competition.