Australia again sluggish method in World Cup chase

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Australia insist their recreation plan has the power to permit them to drag off massive run chases, regardless of ending 36 quick towards India on the Cricket World Cup.

In pursuit of what would have been a report chase of 353, Australia saved wickets in hand as the speed required reached 11 with 15 overs to go at The Oval.

They then tried to up the ante, with Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja combining for some massive overs earlier than all perished shut to one another. 

“I assumed if we may have some wickets in hand and a few batters in towards the again finish of the innings, we may doubtlessly do some harm,” captain Aaron Finch stated.

“However we in all probability simply saved shedding wickets once we have been attempting to up the run fee after which as , when new batters are available in, the run fee creeps up slowly.”

With one of the crucial standard prime orders within the match, Australia’s mindset centres round one in every of their early batsmen scoring massive and others exploding late round them.

Smith (69) and David Warner (55) each scored half centuries within the loss, whereas Finch (36) and Khawaja (42) acquired begins because the Aussies went at 5.three by way of the primary 35 overs.

“The deeper you’re taking it, the higher it’s for us,” vice-captain Alex Carey, who hit a quickfire 50 on the finish, stated. 

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“We belief our batters, in the event that they wish to take in just a few balls and end it off, they’ve finished it prior to now. Simply assessing the circumstances.”

“We in all probability didn’t have that set batter on the again finish like we might have appreciated.

“It could have been good to have one in every of our prime gamers who made 40 or 50 go on and make an enormous rating and win the sport for us.”

The type of Warner is probably the most attention-grabbing, with one other uncharacteristically sluggish knock.

Warner’s 55 got here off 84 balls and was the slowest of any half century of his ODI profession, with a strike fee of 66.66. He confronted 50 dot balls on Sunday.

The returning opener spoke after his first recreation about getting his toes transferring once more after a yr of virtually solely enjoying Twenty20 cricket throughout his ban.

“It hasn’t been a plan, a group plan or a person plan for David,” Finch stated.

“I feel they bowled very well early.

“They only didn’t give us any width to get away or any size to actually work with, both excessive or get a drive away.”


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