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Aussies to launch T20 WC defence against Kiwis; India, Pakistan in the same group


Cricket - ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final - New Zealand v Australia- Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 14, 2021 Australia captain Aaron Finch celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the ICC Men's T20 World Cup REUTERS/Satish Kumar Cricket - ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final - New Zealand v Australia- Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 14, 2021 Australia captain Aaron Finch celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the ICC Men's T20 World Cup REUTERS/Satish Kumar

Australia will begin the defence of their Twenty20 World Cup title against New Zealand in Sydney on Oct 22 in a re-run of last year's final, Reuters reports.

The Australians will be hosting the tournament, which begins on Oct 16 and runs until Nov 13, for the first time.

The hosts have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 12 phase of the competition alongside New Zealand, who they defeated in Dubai in November, as well as England, Afghanistan, the winners of Group A and runners up in Group B from the first round.

Group 2 will feature India, Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh plus the Group B winners and Group A runners-up.

Sixteen nations will compete in the tournament, which will be played in Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Sri Lanka and Namibia will face off in the first round tournament opener in Geelong on Oct 16 in Group A, where they will be joined by two qualifiers.

Group B will feature the West Indies, Scotland and a further two qualifiers.

The final will be played under lights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Nov 13.

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