ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022: Australia vs Ireland – Match 31 Preview and Updates

In the 31st game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, Australia would face a confident Ireland. Australia’s last game against England was rained out, and they need to win this one to strengthen their position on the points table. The Irish also shared the points with Afghanistan, as rain played a role in that game as well.

Ireland will struggle in this game because Australia has the best fast-bowling attack in the world. The Gabba wicket is known for assisting fast bowlers, so the Irish batsmen must play out of their skins. The Australians have a perfect record at the Gabba, winning five of six games. It will boost their confidence in this game.

The Super 12 Group 1, 31st Match between Australia vs Ireland will take place on October 31st, 2022 at The Gabba, Brisbane.

Match Details to Note

Match: Australia vs Ireland, 31st Match, Super 12 Group 1, ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

Date: October 31, 2022 (Monday)                                                    

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane

Australia vs Ireland

Australia vs Ireland

Australia (Match Odds – 1.06):


Aaron Finch would be disappointed that his team’s last game against England was called off due to rain. England isn’t in great form, and the Aussies would have liked their chances. Finch would like to see better weather against Ireland and win this game to advance to the semi-finals. He doesn’t want his team to become complacent, because Ireland has a habit of winning big games.

David Warner and Aaron Finch have had a quiet tournament and will look to get off to a good start in this game. Mitchell Marsh must bat in the middle innings and allow Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to do the heavy lifting. Tim David, Matthew Wade, and Pat Cummins are all capable of hitting the ball cleanly, which adds to the team’s batting strength.

The bowling attack has had two poor outings and will be hoping to improve in this game. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood add pace to this attack and must strike early. Mitchell Starc is an experienced bowler who, along with Ashton Agar and Stoinis, will look to bowl well in the middle overs. Maxwell and Marsh strengthen the side by adding bowling options.

Full Squad:

David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Cameron Green, Steven Smith

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Players to watch out for:

David Warner

The attacking left-handed opener has only scored 20 runs in his last three T20I innings after scoring in the 70s the two previous innings.

Marcus Stoinis

The batting all-rounder has a stellar T20 World Cup record. He was injured in the months leading up to the tournament, but he is now back to his best.

Josh Hazlewood

The right-arm fast medium bowler has 24 wickets in 15 T20I innings this year and three wickets in two games in this competition.

Possible Playing XI:

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

Ireland (Match Odds – 9.20):


Andrew Balbirnie was not pleased with the rain-soaked game against Afghanistan. The Irish would have wanted to win that game after their thrilling victory over Australia. They face the defending champions, who feature some of the world’s best players. Balbirnie will be hoping for a strong effort from his players in this game.

At the top, Paul Stirling and Balbirnie are doing well, and the pair will look to set up a big opening wicket stand in this game. Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, and Curtis Campher are key middle-order players who must convert their starts. In the lower middle order, the team would also like to see contributions from Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, and Barry McCarthy.

The bowling attack must be alert because the Australians have a strong batting lineup. With a good spell with the new ball, Joshua Little and Mark Adair would put the side in a comfortable position. Delany is an experienced bowler who will need to perform well in the middle overs. McCarthy, Campher, and Fionn Hand would also benefit from tight spells.

Full Squad:

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Fionn Hand, Joshua Little, Simi Singh, Conor Olphert, Graham Hume, Stephen Doheny

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Players to watch out for:

Paul Stirling

The 32-year-old opener hit a six during Match 20’s victory. In the final group stage match against the West Indies, he hit 66 not out.

Andy Balbirnie

The skipper hit 62, his eighth T20I half-century, and was named Player of the Match in Wednesday’s win over England at the MCG.

Josh Little

The 22-year-old fast bowler has had a strong 2022 with a number of strong performances. Against England, he dismissed Jos Buttler and Alex Hales.

Possible Playing XI:

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Fionn Hand, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little

Australia vs Ireland Top Team Batsmen

Our picks for Australia’s key batters are David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Mitch Marsh. Marsh has a high score of 77 in this format.

For Ireland, we recommend Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, and Lorcan Tucker. Tucker has four half-centuries in T20Is, with the highest score of 84.

Australia vs Ireland Top Team Bowlers

We believe Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Adam Zampa can lead Australia to victory. Zampa has a wealth of experience, and his return to the team will benefit Australia’s bowling attack.

Our picks for Ireland’s bowlers are Josh Little, Mark Adair, and Gareth Delany. Delany has 42 international wickets to his name.

Australia vs Ireland Head to Head

This will be only the second T20I meeting between these two teams. The previous match was won by Australia by seven wickets in September 2012.

Australia vs Ireland Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played AUS Won IRE Won Tie NR
Overall 1 1 0 0 0
Last 5 1 1 0 0 0

Australia vs Ireland Toss Prediction

This would be the first game of the season at this location, and the bowlers would receive some assistance. In the past, most teams have chosen to bowl on this surface after winning the toss, and teams chasing the score have won more games. As a result, the team that wins the toss will most likely choose to bowl first.

Australia vs Ireland Pitch Report

The Gabba in Brisbane is an excellent venue for T20 cricket, with the small size of the ground providing plenty of opportunities for batsmen to score runs. Fast bowlers enjoy bowling on this track because the surface provides a lot of assistance. Spinners struggle on this surface because the ball doesn’t turn much and skids through.

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On October 31, we anticipate pleasant weather in Brisbane. Batting conditions would be difficult because the ball would move early in the game. On this surface, the side batting first would target a score of 160 runs, which would be a difficult target to chase on a fresh wicket where bowlers would have the upper hand.

Australia vs Ireland Prediction

Ireland has made headlines following their victory over England. They face a difficult task in taking on the world champions. They’ve done well as a team, but the middle order appears to be in trouble. Australia plays at home and is familiar with the conditions in Brisbane. Their fast bowling attack is formidable, and it will put them one step ahead of Ireland in this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Australia is the favourite to beat Ireland at the odds of 1.06.

Australia vs Ireland Most Recommended Player for Bet:

In 2022, Josh Hazlewood has a strike rate of 14.00 and is well worth backing as Australia’s top wicket taker. In this match, we recommend backing Josh Hazlewood to take over 1.5 wickets.

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