Oman skipper Aqib Ilyas takes swipe at Australian batters just before their T20 World Cup clash

Oman skipper Aqib Ilyas makes a huge statement about the Australian team ahead of the clash between two sides in the T20 World Cup

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One of the newest teams in the T20 World Cup, Oman are set to play their biggest opposition when they take on Australia in their next game. Aqib Ilyas and his side lost their first game of the campaign to Namibia as the game went into a super over. That hasn’t deterred the Oman skipper from making a huge comment ahead of the massive game. 

Aqib Ilyas has sounded a warning to the Australians and spoken how they struggle against quality spin. The comments were made on the eve of the Australia vs Oman clash as Mitchell Marsh and his men start their T20 World Cup campaign. 

Oman nearly pulled off a fantastic win in the previous game against Namibia which went into a super over. This was the first time that a T20 World Cup match had gone into super over in 12 years after Mehran Khan bowled a tight last over to ensure the match ended in a tie. 

Aqib Ilyas questions Australia’s technique against spin 

Oman Skipper while speaking to the media ahead of the game against Australia said “Yeah, exactly. You see the last match, how the ball was turning and staying low in the last match. These teams had a few good technique players in the past like Smith and Labuschagne but I don’t think they have many now. They look to hit big”

Ilyas further went onto say “everyone tries to go for sixes but every day it is not the same day and if the same wicket is there, maybe it can be a problem for them. As you could see PNG bowling against West Indies, they were difficult to chase 130 runs even on having one of the biggest hitters in the side,”

The game between Oman and Namibia saw the pitch play slow as both sides could score only 109 runs from their 20 overs. Addressing this the Oman captain said “So, on a slower track, on a slow wicket, with good quality spinners, only thing is we have to play with the big heart and we have to put it on the right areas. It’s just about the areas because the ball doesn’t know how big the batsman in front of it. If it turns a bit, it stays low or anything happens, the batsman is gone”

Finally when asked how he felt about playing Australia, this is what Aqib Ilyas said “Once you step into the field, there is no big name, there is no one bigger than you at the field. It's another game for us and we don't think that we are going to play someone extraordinary”

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