Australia skipper Steve Smith expecting better attack performance from his team in the remainder of the Champions Trophy after an “ordinary” present in their no result match against New Zealand.
On Friday, the rain came when Australia’s rescue match was finally deserted. With Smith’s men 53 for 3 off nine overs in chase of revised win target of 235 in 33. Smith’s pace bowlers allowed New Zealand to get off to a flyer.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led his team with exactly 100. Williamson’s team were 254 for three in the 40th over and on course for a total well in excess of 300 following a dashing 65 from opener Luke Ronchi.
Josh Hazlewood damage with six for 52 but his figures could not disguise and also returns from Mitchell Starc without any wicket of 52 and Pat Cummins one for 67.
The 28-year-old Aussie skipper Smith said “I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we’ve put on for a very long time. We bowled both sides of wicket. We gave them a lot of freebies. And it was pretty ordinary, to be honest with you.”
Starc’s, left-arm pacer who’s the first match after the second Test against India in March. Smith said that Starc spearhead will come good in their second match of the Champions Trophy tournament against Bangladesh.
“Let’s hope it’s rust and let’s hope it’s gone. Because that was pretty ordinary. Credit to them they came out quite hard and played quite well up top and got their innings going. Kane timed his innings beautifully, played really well throughout the middle but we did not bowl well at all.”
Smith said the weather has safe his side a damaging defeat, “We still had a lot of work to do and they’ve got a quality bowling attack as well, so we perhaps got away with one there. We certainly would have preferred to be in New Zealand’s position when we came off at the end.”