Tye says Australia confident

02 February 2018 10:15:41 EST
Kane Richardson

Fast bowler Andrew Tye says Australia go into the tri-series against New Zealand and England in confident mood.

Their record in T20s is not good, as they're ranked seventh in the format behind the Black Caps (second) and England (fourth).

Australia's winning record in T20 games is just over 50 per cent - 48 wins from 95 matches - but Tye says the squad are feeling positive heading into the opening clash against New Zealand on Saturday.

We know we've under-performed in this format for a while now.

Andrew Tye

Perth Scorchers star Tye is the senior member of the inexperienced pace attack which is missing Test quicks Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

He's played seven T20 internationals since his debut against India two years ago while Kane Richardson has played three, Billy Stanlake one and Ben Dwarshuis is uncapped.

The West Australian said: "We know we've under-performed in this format for a while now. We're definitely trying to rectify that and move up in those rankings and get up to the top where we should be."

He added: "Richo and I are probably both senior bowlers in this group, but Billy has shown he can do it, Ben Dwarshuis has had an unbelievable Big Bash. The confidence within the group is high."

Tye says noted hitter Chris Lynn, who is coming back from injury, looks to be in good touch.

"He's hitting them pretty well, he's looking as good as ever I reckon, ready to take down some bowlers," he added.

Australia also have Hobart Hurricanes power-hitter D'Arcy Short, who has been the outstanding batsman in the Big Bash League, in their squad.

Australia are 1/2 to beat New Zealand, who are 13/8.

Tim Southee is 10/3 to be the Black Caps' top bowler.

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