Australia have been knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after losing the must win game against England, on Saturday. England had comprehensively outplayed the Australian side which collapsed in the final overs with the bat.
The Steve Smith led side failed to capitalise on a good start in which they added 136 runs for the loss of only David Warner’s wicket but Smith and Aaron Finch were unable to convert half-centuries into big scores and Travis Head, who made a doughty 71, was left stranded as the middle- and lower-order crumbled around him.
It was completely a disappointing show by the Australian middle-order as Maxwell and other batsmen could not support Head with a big partnership on the middle. Frustrations were seen when Smith talked at the post match press conference.
“We got ourselves in a pretty good position early with the bat. We kept losing wickets through the middle, and someone in the top four probably needed to go on and make a hundred. We weren’t able to do that. We lost 5 for 15 at one point as well, which you can’t afford to do against an opposition like England,” said Smith.
He added, “We have got some good players in our lineup. We just weren’t able to get those partnerships together today and get ourselves a score up over 300. England probably bowled a fraction short with the newer ball, and when they got it up there, it was quite hard work.”
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-Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com