Aussies can click in T20 World Cup: Wade

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Australia's stilted build-up to the Twenty20 World Cup will not hamper their shot at winning the title for the first time, Matthew Wade says.

Most of the Australian squad have arrived in Abu Dhabi ahead of the tournament and are completing six days in hotel quarantine before being able to train.

Several stars, including Steve Smith, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, are still wrapping up Indian Premier League duties and are yet to join their World Cup teammates.

Smith and Warner have endured frustrating IPL campaigns, where they have struggled for form and been dropped by their respective franchises.

After climbing to the top of the T20 rankings last year, Australia have plummeted to seventh as they chase the elusive crown.

Australia's most recent T20s resulted in an under-strength squad being smashed 4-1 by both West Indies and Bangladesh.

But Wade, who was stand-in skipper for the series in Bangladesh, believes Australia will be able to click when it matters, starting with their opening match against South Africa on October 23.

"It shows how fickle at times we were before COVID when we needed this preparation or needed that preparation," Wade said from quarantine in Abu Dhabi.

"The last two years has probably shown us, if you can find a way to push through these challenges and convince yourself you're ready to go, you'll be okay.

"We've been put in scenarios, which has not been ideal for anyone, but it hasn't made too much of a difference - guys can still go out and perform on the biggest stage.

"The advantage is we've got a really nice lead-in now.

"We've got plenty of time to get used to the conditions and then we'll hit the ground running by game one."

After a run as opener recently when Aaron Finch and Warner were absent, Wade is expecting to bat in the middle-to-lower order for the first T20 World Cup since 2016.

Allrounder Mitch Marsh was one of the few batsmen to perform strongly against the West Indies and Bangladesh and is expected to hold down his spot at No.3.

"I suppose my role at the top of the order, maybe if we want to go a little bit harder and if they want a left-hander, maybe I'll go in then," Wade said.

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