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Everything you need to know about the 2016 World Twenty20 explained

WHY DO WE CARE?

The point is, India cares. That's been the case since 2007 when M.S. Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh powered India to the first World T20 title, turning a new generation of Indian cricketers into heroes. Less than a year later, we had an Indian Premier League. Australia cottoned on late that they needed to select specialist teams and now the BBL is a hit on free to air, so a new wave of cricket fans have become enamoured with the shortest form of the game. But above all else, Australia love winning things and the fact that they have gone home empty-handed in each of the previous five tournaments will grind their gears.

HOW CAN AUSTRALIA WIN IT?

Given Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson frequently established such a strong opening stand for the Sydney Thunder on their way to a maiden BBL title this year, it would appear the Aussies' hopes for success rest largely with these two. But even if they do struggle, Australia have an ace up their sleeve in the form of David Warner who promises to benefit from a drop down the order. This scenario means Warner will be protected to a certain extent and ensures he will probably be in the thick of the action in the heart of the innings more often than not. The likes of Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner bring bucketloads of x-factor to the table and also have the potential to leave a huge mark on the tournament.

WHAT'S THE SPIN?

The mystery spinners normally dominate these tournaments. Does Adam Zampa fit the bill? The leggie was the pick of the domestic tweakers in last summer's BBL with 12 wickets at an average of 22.50 and an economy rate of 7.10. The 23-year-old takes a unique approach to spin-bowling in T20s and likes to constantly mix things up, which is probably why he enjoyed so much success for the Melbourne Stars. He has only made two appearances for Australia in T20s, but this could very well be the perfect chance for him to announce himself on the international stage.

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WHAT'S THE NEW TRICK SHOT?

We've seen the "Dilscoop", perfected by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan (also known as the ramp shot), and we've seen the switch-hit. So which new and exciting stroke in India will leave us with our jaws on the floor? Well, it could be the "Bazooka" which is a weapon that can be found in Maxwell's bag of tricks. The shot can be best described as a reverse ramp and the explosive all-rounder gave it a test run in Australia's recent warm-up series in South Africa.

CAN THE MINNOWS MAKE A SPLASH?

Afghanistan and Bangladesh head into the tournament in good form. The Afghans have won their past six matches while the Tigers have won five of their past six. But only two of those combined 11 victories were achieved against Test-playing nations, with Bangladesh accounting for Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Asian Cup, and the quality of opposition is about to increase considerably. The minnows don't have a good record at this tournament with Bangladesh (2007) and Ireland (2009) the only ones to have made any kind of impact, but after progressing past the group stage they failed to win another match in each instance. History is certainly against them.

SUPER 10 STAGE

Group 1: Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, England, Afghanistan*

Group 2: India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh*

*Qualified after winning their group in the group stage

AUSTRALIA'S MATCHES

Friday March 18 v New Zealand in Dharamsala at 8.30pm (AEDT)

Tuesday March 22 v Bangladesh in Bangalore at 1am

Friday March 25 v Pakistan in Mohali at 8.30pm

Monday March 28 v India in Mohali at 1am

SEMI-FINALS

Group 1 Winner v Group 2 Runner-Up, Thursday March 31 in Delhi at 12.30am

Group 2 Winner v Group 1 Runner-Up, Friday April 1 in Mumbai at 12.30am

FINAL

Semi-Final 1 Winner v Semi-Final 2 Winner, Sunday April 3 in Kolkata at 11.30pm (AEST)

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